LAKEVIEW — Modern Jewish deli Steingold’s of Chicago is opening its new storefront along Lakeview’s Southport Corridor on Wednesday.
Steingold’s new home at 3737 N. Southport Ave. will reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. for delivery and takeout orders. The new location is two doors north of the Music Box Theatre and features a walk-up window for people to conveniently pick up their orders.
After a few months of teasing Steingold’s’ move from 1840 W. Irving Park Road in North Center, the deli will now be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the owners.
“Our menu will be a bit abbreviated in the beginning, but will expand back to our normal menu as we get opened,” chef and owner Aaron Steingold said in the restaurant’s voicemail recording.
Inside, the new space is about 2,000 square feet and features about a dozen counter-style seats, along with a carryout window.
“We’re renovating this space with more delivery and takeout in mind,” Steingold previously said. “But if normalcy returns, we plan to take over the middle space [between Steingold’s and the Music Box] as well to build a full dining room.”
The storefront also has a larger kitchen that will better suit the restaurant’s growing operations. With more space, the deli plans to roll out a new dinner menu, featuring items like a brisket burger, more soups and the deli’s pastrami chili, Steingold said.
Other new items will include deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza bagels, which Steingold’s was about to launch when the pandemic first hit, and handmade pretzels.
“We’re expanding our kitchen by three times, so our menu will grow with that,” Steingold said.
Customers are encouraged to place orders online at the deli’s website for pickup starting tomorrow.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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