Yes, it's fun to get excited about new places opening up in the Sloop (see post yesterday), but let's not forget about some of the other restaurants in the area. Two relatively recent, but at this point well established, South Loop businesses have recently expanded the amount of people who can eat at their restaurants:
Flo & Santos (1310 S. Wabash)
The popular Polish/Italian restaurant Flo & Santos has just added outdoor seating:
This is great news because this place always seems to be busy. This should accommodate the large crowds and also offers to the street scene on South Wabash.
Lou Malnati's South Loop (805 S. Wabash)
We've know for sometime that Lou's was expanding into the vacant retail space just south of their current space on South State street, but it appears that this area is finally complete. Again, this is good news because this location is always packed as well.
Do we really love pizza that much in the Sloop? Guess so...
Other Restaurant Tidbits:
On a different note, we posted yesterday about Tribute potentially opening up this weekend. Well we heard from the PR people for Tribute and that doesn't appear to be the case. They are close, but no official opening date has been announced yet. Stay tuned though, they will give us the update once they have something official.
It also looks and sounds like the Scout is progressing. But again, no official update there either.
Finally, we read that Waffles also has a slight delay. They're now shooting for July 13th.
These places are still opening as far as we know, just the typical hurdles to overcome when launching a restaurant in Chicago.
(Hat tip: Blast!)