Little Goat Diner opening in April

Next month, the newly relocated Little Goat Diner is expected to open its doors in the Southport Corridor, making this one of the hottest neighborhood restaurant spots in the city.

GG’s Chicken Shop and Itoko are now open, and the last restaurant to open in Southport Lanes former space is Little Goat Diner in April.

From Little Goat’s Website, “Opened in Chicago’s bustling West Loop in 2012, Little Goat Diner is Chef Izard’s second venture with Boka Restaurant Group. It is the neighborhood spot for enjoying breakfast all-day, sharing coffee with friends and indulging in the diner staples you loved as a kid—along with creative takes on the classics. There are many ways to enjoy the light-filled space including a 140-seat diner, a bakery churning out house made breads, cakes and treats, a coffee shop featuring Dark Matter coffee creations, a lively bar with cocktails and local beer selections, a private dining room with a rooftop terrace and a wide variety of classes and events.

Little Goat is moving to the Southport Corridor in Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood this spring 2023.

From Eater Chicago, “Little Goat, the bustling all-day diner from Top Chef champion and celebrated Chicago chef Stephanie Izard, will leave its decade-old home in the West Loop in early 2023 for new digs in Lakeview. The diner will join two other Boka Group restaurants — GGs Chicken Shop from Boka executive chef Lee Wolen and an as-yet-unannounced venue — inside the 122-year-old building that previously housed the historic Southport Lanes at 3325 N. Southport Avenue.

Little Goat will seat just 50 — a third of the West Loop location’s capacity — and offer three meals a day. It will likely share some back-of-house operations, such as dishwashing and storage, with the other Boka restaurants in the building.

But each will have a separate entrance and distinctive design to set it apart from its neighbors. “Going back more than a decade, Stephanie’s vision was to have a little diner,” says Katz. “What’s happening on Southport is that it’s really going to be a Little Goat Diner.”


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