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Mercado’s slow, rustic cooking speeds up attraction to new restaurant

June 13, 2019 by Jason Addy, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

After decades in the Chicago restaurant industry, Richard Vallejo and chef Yanni Sanchez teamed up to launch Mercado Cocina and Cantina in Glenview, and it has been an instant hit for the community.

Vallejo, co-owner and operator of Mercado...

5B2F Akira Sushi comes ‘home’ to Wilmette

by Alyssa Groh, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

After closing 153 Akira Sushi in Wilmette and taking some time off, it brings tears to Kelly Yang’s eyes to have a restaurant in Wilmette again. 

5B2F Akira Sushi opened under a new name and new location, but has the...

Glencoe’s Guanajuato crafts fresh, authentic meals with care

by Martin Carlino Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When visiting Glencoe’s Guanajuato Contemporary Mexican and Tequila Bar, you become part of a new family. 

Even if just for the duration of your dining experience, owner Margarita Challenger and her entire staff hope...

Inovasi owner reflects on a decade of success with unique concept

by Alyssa Groh, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

John Des Rosiers, the owner of Lake Bluff’s Inovasi, is nearly speechless when you ask him what it feels like to be celebrating Inovasi’s 10th anniversary. 

“I generally feel proud and positive with a side of challenge...