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Pl-zen Opens for Brunch

By Chloe Riley | December 22, 2012 9:06am

PILSEN — Gastropub Pl-zen debuted its first brunch Friday, despite some mixed feelings about opening the kitchen the day the Mayan calendar ended.

"We were expecting the world to end because I don't like getting up at six in the morning," owner Cesar Augusto Villegas said.

But the world did not end, and Pl-zen, the 18th Street bar that opened for dinner back in October, will now serve brunch Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brunch-goers will find homemade donuts with raspberry and white chocolate dipping sauces, and a Brunch Hot Dog - a jalapeno smoked beef sausage wrapped in duck bacon.

And those looking for a good cup o' joe can guzzle a cup by Dark Matter, a local coffee company in the Ukrainian Village.

The bar also serves up more traditional Mexican-style items like chilaquiles-sautéed tortilla chips with black beans, avocado and a runny egg on top.