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David Lissner
for restaurants

They’re ba-a-ack!

Well, sorta. Two old Chicago favorites will return in the next few weeks, spruced up and done over.

Melvin B's

Melvin B's

Melvin B’s, 1114 N. State St., that favorite hangout of the Gold Coast, is about to reopen with a newly expanded interior. New owners Scott Weiner and Greg Mohr of The Fifty/50 and Mike Bisbee of RiNo have thrown together the old Melvin’s space with that of the former Cactus.

Despite the new inside, we expect that the patio outside will be the main attraction this summer, as it has been in so many summers past.

Little Bucharest

Meanwhile, Branko Podrumedic, the longtime proprietor of the erstwhile Little Bucharest on Ashland Avenue, is bringing back the old name. In June, Podrumedic’s current restaurant, Continental Cafe in Irving Park, will morph into Little Bucharest Bistro, with help from The Grocery Bistro‘s Chef Andre Christopher.

We hear that Christopher is a vegetarian, so we do wonder a bit about this pairing. Consider that Podrumedic’s annual fall Taste of Romania is best known for whole, spit-roasted lambs, pigs and oxen.