October 1, 2022

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The Food Universe

Bar Chido modernizes Mexican street food for Downers Grove

With the Apirl 26 opening of Bar Chido, Mexican cuisine is returning near the corner of Curtiss and Main streets in Downers Grove.

Bar Chido can take about the building at 1012 Curtiss St. that formerly housed Mia’s Cantina, a local Mexican chain that nevertheless operates spots in Mount Prospect and Wheeling.

Restaurateur Sam Vlahos, a co-operator of the neighboring Pierce Tavern in Downers Grove and Fuller Residence in Hinsdale, owns Bar Chido. In accordance to Vlahos, executive chef Daniel Munoz is modeling Bar Chido’s delicacies on Mexican avenue foodstuff with a fashionable twist.

For example, Bar Chido will offer classic hand-pressed tortillas and tacos and vintage margaritas. But other items are a minimal adventurous, like carnitas with Coca-Cola braised pork and yucca fries poutine.

“It really is been some thing that has usually been on my thoughts,” Vlahos said of opening a Mexican cafe fairly than just expanding Bar Pierce.

But he admits to some terrible timing.

“I took above the setting up in February 2020 before every little thing transpired,” Vlahos mentioned.

Vlahos claimed all of his electrical power went to retaining Pierce Tavern and Fuller Residence open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bar Chido understandably was set on the again burner.

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Vlahos is grateful that Downers Grove authorized restaurants last year to develop out of doors dining on to locations of road parking. And with hesitant customers in brain, Vlahos explained Bar Chido was intended with added safeguards as a reaction to COVID-19.

For case in point, the cafe capabilities sliding glass doors to connect the indoor dining spot to the outdoor entrance patio.

“As shortly as the temperature breaks, absolutely everyone is going to want to be outdoors,” Vlahos claimed. “The additional out of doors seating just assists persons to sense a lot more comfortable.”

A wander-up takeout window to put orders and pick up foodstuff was also specifically mounted on the east side of the developing. Vlahos originally hoped to make it a push-by means of, but zoning laws didn’t permit it.

“I imagine it will nevertheless be pleasurable, that you stroll up and grab your foodstuff and go,” Vlahos stated.

Bar Chido is also collaborating with Downers Grove-dependent Goldfinger Brewery. They are making a Mexican lager known as “Chela Chido” completely for Bar Chido.

It really is touches like this that Vlahos hopes will assist the new Bar Chido to stay up to its name. After all, “Chido” is Mexico Town slang for “awesome” or hip.”