ML - Michigan Avenue

2015 - Issue 2 - Late Spring

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photography by anjali pinto Eat at dovE's One Off HOspitality's HOt streak cOntinues witH retrO-cHic diner Dove's Luncheonette. by elaine glusac In American culture, the humble diner often plays the plain cover to an engrossing story within: Think of the buddy-bonding backdrop in Barry Levinson's film Diner, the thousand words telegraphed by painter Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, and playwright William Inge's Bus Stop, which casts a diner as a refuge for the waylaid. Chicago's quirky new Dove's Luncheonette upholds the tradition by telling a story, this one about the neighborhood, past and present. "We knew we wanted to do a diner," says Donnie Madia, one of four partners involved with Dove's from the seven-partner One Off Hospitality, the group behind hits like Big Star, Blackbird, and The Publican. Like partners Terry Alexander, Peter Garfield, and chef Paul Kahan, Madia was nostalgic for Busy Bee, the long-gone hash-slinger across the street, and funky Leo's Lunchroom, formerly on Division. When the Wicker Park property neighboring Big Star became available, One Off jumped at the chance to give the taqueria a larger kitchen, inheriting a sliver of a storefront in the landmarked Milwaukee Avenue District in the deal. Says The golden chicken-fried chicken at Dove's comes slathered in green chorizo gravy. coNtiNueD oN page 82  81 TasTe This Issue: Counter Culture

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