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First off, in Ballard, Benito's Chicago Eatery is now up and running at 6201 15th Ave. N.W. Run by Chicago native Benjamin Kulikowski, the establishment features the "Windy City's" most notorious dishes -- deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and hot dogs -- made using locally sourced ingredients. Over the next several weeks, Kulikowski plans to add rotating specials to the menu as well. "What I really want to convey is the love that Chicagoans have for their food," he says. "You can walk up to anybody on the street there and have a conversation about what you had for dinner." As for opening a restaurant in a neighborhood that's already crammed with options, Kulikowski says it's a familiar challenge. "I was in the Chicago food industry for about 15 years. It's dog eat dog there. There are thousands of places for people to choose from. You have game -- or you close."
Capitol Hill welcomes two new food and drink establishments this summer. Fogon Cuisine of Mexico is moving into the recently shuttered Kiki Tap & Eatery space at 600 E. Pine St., while the folks behind Tango plan to debut a rum bar at 1112 Pike St. by late summer. Rumba will feature a wide selection of rum cocktails and Cuban/ Caribbean style food.
In the International District, following a two-year absence from the neighborhood, Unicone is now slinging sweet and savory crepes in the Uwajimaya food court
In Queen Ane, Metropolitan Market at 1908 Queen Anne Ave. N. is closing. The grocery store will stop running in mid-July, citing the development planned for the area as out of its price range.
Lastly, in Rainier Valley, Heaven Sent opens in Rainier Valley on Friday. The newest branch of Ezell Stephens' fried chicken mini-chain will share space with Willie's Taste of Soul at 3427 Rainier Ave. S. Expect chicken, livers, gizzards and the usual range of picnic fixings.