Chicago's own celebrity chef supreme Rick Bayless is expanding his local restaurant empire -- though not to the part of town he was previously rumored to have his eye on.
According to Eater Chicago, Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno confirmed Monday via Twitter that Bayless has signed a 10-year lease to open a restaurant at 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave., the space that was formerly Salud Tequila Lounge -- where Gaga once boozed.
Multiple reports previously claimed Bayless was negotiating a lease of an 8,000-square-foot space in the West Loop, but little other information beyond the July rumblings have confirmed that news.
The new Wicker Park restaurant will mark Bayless' first new restaurant in Chicago since XOCO opened in 2009. In addition to XOCO, Bayless owns Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, plus a number of Frontera Fresco and Tortas Frontera quick serve eateries.