Chicago restaurateur Tony Hu told Patch in October that he planned to open a branch of his Lao Sze Chuan restaurant at 1633 Orrington Ave. by the end of this year. The menu will feature the spicy Szechuan cuisine Hu is famous for, including some of the most popular items from Lao Sze Chuan’s Chinatown and Uptown locations, such as spicy hot pots and Ma Po Tofu (made with marinated pork, bean curd and mashed black beans).
according to the liquor control board's agenda. The new restaurant will be the second location in Illinois for the California-based chain, which recently opened an outpost in River North. Menu items include fresh salads like the kale Caesar, grass-fed burgers and quinoa wraps. LYFE is planning to open at least 10 locations in the Chicago area over the next five years, according to Crain's Chicago Business.
Also on the liquor control board's agenda was a license for a new restaurant called The Crystal Residence at the former North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Ave. Under a new ownership by the Horizon group, the renamed North Shore Residence is undergoing a $15- to $20-million renovation.
A new restaurant called HKK also applied for a liquor license at 804 Davis St., the current location of Lulu's.