Newly Opened | April 2021

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Bar Chido
Sam Vlahos (Hinsdale’s Fuller House) converted the former Mia’s Cantina space next to Pierce’s Tavern into a casual Mexican restaurant in downtown Downers, complete with a taco takeout window in the alley.
1012 Curtiss St., Downers Grove

Will Cullen (Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora and Downers Grove and Empire Burger Bar in Naperville) takes a pass at a sports theme. Share a Mango Tango punch bowl with your bubble as you watch the Final Four games starting April 3.
218 S. Washington St., Naperville

Nala Robotics
The area’s first fully automated restaurant opens this month, where customers can eat a dish prepared—chopped, measured, and cooked—by a robot. Humans will still prep, plate, and serve the initial offerings, which will include Thai and Indian dishes, along with fried chicken and wings.
776 S. Rte. 59, Naperville

Oak + Swine
Paying homage to Central Texas barbecue is Batavia’s elevated fast-casual eatery opened by restaurateur Byron Weber (Geneva’s Barrel & Rye). Smoked meat sandwiches, tacos, and plates dominate the menu, along with sharable barbecue platters.
107 E. Wilson St., Batavia

Photo courtesy Oak + Swine