At this point it seems like a done deal - a new Italian restaurant named Sofi will inhabit 616 S. Dearborn which was formerly Trattoria Caterina.
It's been a hot topic here on Sloopin as well as our message board.
But yesterday a reader sent us a picture of a sign in the window (pic on the right).
The website is clearly a work-in-progress, so we don't know a ton about the spot. However, a couple well informed readers have done some digging for us.
First off it seems like Sofi will be a sister restaurant to the Lincoln Park spot called Riccardo Enoteca (2116 N. Clark). That restaurant has solid reviews on yelp (3.5 stars) and open table (4 stars), so that's a good sign. Entres apear to be in the $10 - $20 range. Not cheap but definitely reasonable for Italian.
Another reader let us know that they're shooting for a June 15th opening. That means they would open a week from Saturday. We will see, but glad to see an experienced restauranteur opening a spot in the Sloop!
(Hat tip: Jake312, Jim in the Sloop, MJ!)