LAKEVIEW — Evette’s, the popular Lincoln Park restaurant that combines chef Mitchell Jamra’s Lebanese-American upbringing with Midwestern and Mexican influences, is opening an all-day spot in Lakeview.
Evette’s All Day, 2807 N. Sheffield Ave., opens March 31, according to an announcement. It’s Jamra’s third Evette’s restaurant in just three years, following the flagship location in Lincoln Park and another spot in Fulton Market.
Evette’s All Day will be an all-day restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, as well as a larger menu drawing inspiration from Jamra’s time in the Southwest.
Jamra, who also opened Lincoln Park deli and market All Too Well last year, previously told Block Club he “grew up in three worlds” because his parents split up when he was a child.
“I got a lot of authentic Mexican food in Arizona where my dad lived, authentic Lebanese food in Flint, Michigan, with my grandparents and Midwest-style food and culture in Grand Rapids with my mom,” Jamra said. “It’s a real honor to bring those three worlds together.”
Jamra sought out to blend those three influences even more when coming up with Evette’s All Day, he said.
“I want to dive deeper into mixing those flavors and preparations with Lebanese and Midwestern food cultures,” Jamra said.
Customers can expect handhelds with various fillings and breads, Indigenous American fry bread with a Mediterranean twist, pocket pitas like tortas and arayes, and flatbreads like malawach and man’oushe, Jamra said.
Other new additions include the Malawach Flakey Wrap, a Yemen flakey flatbread filled with amba mayo, cucumber yogurt, lettuce, chili crunch, fried and pickled onion, feta and protein; along with the Fry Pita Bread, an Arizona-style fry bread with a pita twist, harrisa feta, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, smokey hrouss mayo and date chimichurri with protein.
Breakfast, available until 2 p.m. daily, includes tacos, hashbrown dishes and chilaquiles with a pita or tortilla option, according to the announcement.
The restaurant will also have Evette’s classics, like halloumi tacos with four pita-like tortillas filled with halloumi cheese, housemade tabbouleh, onion, radish, cucumber yogurt and whipped feta hummus, according to the announcement.
The popular Super Garlic Feta Fries topped with Evette’s pink sauce is also making a return. The pink sauce is a roasted garlic mayo with beet juice that adds earthiness and its color.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will mirror the aesthetic at Evette’s in Lincoln Park, using textures, patterns and bright colors often seen in Lebanese and Mexican cultures, according to the announcement. It can seat about 30 guests and will have a sidewalk patio with another 20-25 seats in warmer months.
Jamra came up in Chicago’s culinary industry after attending school at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. He went on to work under late chef Dominique Tougne at Bistro 110 and later worked various restaurant positions at Sluggers and Red Ivy in Wrigleyville.
Jamra has also opened and been general manager of Marshall’s Landing, from DMK Group, and served as a lead chef-instructor for Sur La Table, which is opening schools across the country.
The original Evette’s, which opened in 2020, is named after Jamra’s teta — the Lebanese word for grandma.
Jamra and Evette’s were recently recognized in the New York Times’ list of the 50 restaurants the staff was most excited about. The only other Chicago restaurant featured was Dear Margaret, a French-Canadian restaurant that opened in 2021 in Lakeview.
“Receiving this praise was life-changing for us, and I know my teta would be proud,” Jamra said.
Evette’s All Day will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Breakfast is only available before 2 p.m.
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