It’s so rare that we get to write about our own neighborhood, Roscoe Village (or as we call it, Breakfast Village, since that’s kind of what our local restaurant scene is all about). But we’ve got two, count ‘em two openings, both chains, but small, pretty admirable ones. Meatheads, which we’ve had when out in Mallburbia and is an entirely respectable modern burger chain in the Five Guys/Epic/etc. subgenre of neo-retro-pomo-classical burger joints, is coming to the mall at Roscoe and Western, which instantly improves its offerings which are… so nondescript that we can’t even tell you. (There might be a Wingstop.) The chain’s first city location, it’s having its grand opening on Monday, and it has a pretty amazing deal to commemorate it: the first 50 customers to buy something there will win a free burger a week for a year. (Gonna be a lot of burgers being eaten by the boys in blue of the 19th district, we suspect.) They open at 11.
Meanwhile, Mario’s & Gino’s, the curiously not-open-that-much Italian ice stand and erstwhile burger joint at 2057 W. Roscoe, closed a few weeks back and just opened as a Banh Mi & Co., the slightly cleaned-up (compared to Nhu Lan, say) but also entirely respectable Vietnamese sandwich shop with another location in Lakeview. It was already fuller than Mario & Gino’s ever was yesterday, so maybe Roscoe’s restaurant row will finally get to be known for something besides French toast.