By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Assistant to the Editor
The far end of the commercial strip located at the northwest corner of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue will house two new restaurants by this fall.
The Nile Restaurant opened its new, roughly 2,600 square foot space on June 14, while Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s NY Deli owner Bill Davis said he hopes to open his Hyde Park store by Labor Day.
According to Nile owner Rashad Moughrabi, the new location, at 1162 E. 55th St., which he called “a pretty big upgrade,” is around 400 square feet larger and includes seating for 85, compared to 67 at its previous one, located at 1611 E. 55th St. It also currently includes outdoor seating for up to 35 seats.
Moughrabi also said that although the restaurant features the same menu as before, five or six new items would appear next month, including Arabic dumpling and squash dishes.
Located to the east of The Nile, at 1160 E. 55th St., Bergstein’s NY Deli will feature two tables for patrons: one will serve hot food, including corned beef and pastrami, and another will have cold items, such as fish, wraps and egg, tuna and chicken salads. The deli will also include 28 indoor seats — including eight at a counter — as well as outdoor tables on a patio shared by the Nile.
The deli will be Davis’ second location.
For Davis, it was Hyde Park’s vitality, with its new businesses and nearby foot traffic, which in part inspired the choice to open a second store here. He said the neighborhood “seems like a solid community” and that the deli’s food truck has done business in the area before.
According to Davis, he and his cousin, Josh Wyden, will manage the store and his sister will serve as a chef for both locations. Davis and his father own the company.