January 25, 2022

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Bar Chido modernizes Mexican street food for Downers Grove

Bar Chido modernizes Mexican street food for Downers Grove

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

Bar Chido requires about the making at 1012 Curtiss St. that formerly housed Mia’s Cantina, a local Mexican chain that still operates areas in Mount Prospect and Wheeling.

Restaurateur Sam Vlahos, a co-proprietor of the neighboring Pierce Tavern in Downers Grove and Fuller Residence in Hinsdale, owns Bar Chido. In accordance to Vlahos, government chef Daniel Munoz is modeling Bar Chido’s delicacies on Mexican street meals with a contemporary twist.

For illustration, Bar Chido will provide classic hand-pressed tortillas and tacos and classic margaritas. But other things are a little adventurous, like carnitas with Coca-Cola braised pork and yucca fries poutine.

“It is been a little something that has generally been on my thoughts,” Vlahos explained of opening a Mexican restaurant fairly than just growing Bar Pierce.

But he admits to some awful timing.

“I took in excess of the setting up in February 2020 in advance of every thing transpired,” Vlahos said.

Vlahos said all of his vitality went to trying to keep Pierce Tavern and Fuller Residence open up amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bar Chido understandably was set on the back again burner.

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Vlahos is grateful that Downers Grove allowed places to eat past yr to broaden out of doors dining onto parts of road parking. And with hesitant buyers in mind, Vlahos said Bar Chido was created with more safeguards as a reaction to COVID-19.

For illustration, the cafe options sliding glass doorways to connect the indoor eating area to the out of doors front patio.

“As shortly as the climate breaks, anyone is going to want to be outdoors,” Vlahos reported. “The a lot more outdoor seating just can help folks to come to feel a lot more at ease.”

A stroll-up takeout window to spot orders and choose up food items was also specifically installed on the east aspect of the developing. Vlahos originally hoped to make it a generate-through, but zoning rules failed to permit it.

“I imagine it will continue to be pleasurable, that you stroll up and grab your food items and go,” Vlahos stated.

Bar Chido is also collaborating with Downers Grove-based mostly Goldfinger Brewery. They are making a Mexican lager referred to as “Chela Chido” solely for Bar Chido.

It can be touches like this that Vlahos hopes will assist the new Bar Chido to dwell up to its name. Following all, “Chido” is Mexico City slang for “great” or hip.”