By Trupti Rami
• Thursday, 4/25: The indie coffee star Intelligentsia (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-945-1690)opens the first of three new Chicago locations, a coffee bar in Logan Square. Locations in Old Town (June) and Wicker Park (fall 2013) to follow.
• Friday, 4/26: A 100-seat Japanese brasserie, Kabocha (952 W. Lake, 312-666-6214) opens with a menu that blends modern American, Japanese, and French, such as duck confit and fennel pot stickers with sour–orange glaze.
Kevin Ives, formerly the corporate chef for the Francesca’s chain, is the new corporate chef of 4-Star Restaurant Group’s Chicago-area restaurants: The Smoke Daddy, Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Dunlays, D.O.C. Wine Bar, and Crosby’s Kitchen.
Pecking Order (4416 N. Clark St., 773-907-9900) introduces a monthly Sunday supper starting April 28 with slow-braised chicken and pork adobo. The family-style menu changes each month. Reservations accepted.
The neighborhood coffee hotspot Bridgeport Coffee Company (3101 S. Morgan St., 773-247-9950) plans to expand to the South Loop this fall. The new restaurant will boast an outdoor patio, sandwiches, and cheese plates.