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Beatnik Team Bringing Spanish, Portugese Influences To West Town This Summer With Porto

Bonhomme Hospitality Group's latest concept will be next door to Beatnik and feature a large patio out back.

Bonhomme Hospitality Group members are traveling through Spain and Portugal researching products to introduce at Porto, which will open in West Town this summer. From left to right: Bonhomme's Fadi Hindo, Rafid Hindo, Paloma Martinez and Dani Alonso in Galicia, Spain.
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WEST TOWN — Those responsible for bringing Beatnik, Black Bull and Bordel to the neighborhood will be adding yet another restaurant to their West Town repertoire: Porto.

This summer, the Bonhomme Hospitality Group will open the Spanish-Portugese-influenced restaurant at 1600 W. Chicago Ave. — next door to Beatnik, 1604 W. Chicago Ave.

Beatnik’s chef, Marcos Campos, will also help curate Porto menu, spokesperson Jen Pearson said.

What does “curating a menu” look like?

Sunny skies and crystal blue ocean, according to Pearson. Campos is currently overseas with Bonhomme’s owner, Daniel Alonso.

The two are meeting with Spanish and Portugese food and wine vendors to make the menu just right, Pearson said.

Porto will breathe life back into a space previously left vacant by Byline Bank.

The 2,000 square-foot corner spot will feature an outdoor garden in the back.

Credit: Alisa Hauser/Block Club Chicago
The former Byline Bank branch at 1600 W. Chicago Ave. will become a new restaurant and wine bar.

An official open date, hours of operation and menu details are yet to come, so stay tuned for updates.

In the past few years, West Town’s Chicago Avenue has undergone a destination-worthy rebirth, with new independently-owned shops and restaurants joining legacy businesses, like Alcala’s Western Wear.

Alonso told the Sun-Times in 2017 that he hopes to see Chicago Avenue develop the way Wicker Park developed during the 1990s, with a flourish of independent galleries, retail stores and hospitality venues.

“Our goal is to create concepts loaded with character and authenticity and in locations that share the same spirit, like Chicago Avenue and West Town,” Alonso told Block Club Chicago last year. “We are thrilled be growing in the neighborhood and to continue to be part of its story and evolution.”

In addition to the original Beatnik location in West Town that opened in 2017, Bonhomme also operates Beatnik on the Riverwalk and Cafe Bonhomme, two co-located spots that replaced Pearl Brassiere in the summer of 2018.