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5411 Empanadas Adds New Spots in Wicker Park, The Loop, Southport Corridor

By Alisa Hauser | January 28, 2015 6:51am
 5411 Empanadas is adding a second eatery inside of Holiday Jones.
5411 Empanadas is adding a second eatery inside of Holiday Jones.
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WICKER PARK — North Avenue will no longer be the only spot to enjoy 5411 Empanadas, with plans underway to bring a second Wicker Park outpost of the eatery to the lobby of Holiday Jones, a Division Street hostel-hotel hybrid.

5411 Empanadas opened at 2045 W. North Ave. last July and plans to debut at 1659 W. Division St., less than one mile south, in February, said Nicolas Ibarzabel, one of the eatery's three owners.

Ibarzabel said the new spot, which will bring eight new jobs to Division Street, will be called "5411 at Holiday Jones" and serve the breakfast crowd as well as lunch and dinner for dine-in, delivery and takeout.

The new location will be open to the public as well as hotel guests.

"We are planning to run this as a regular store, not only focusing on the guests in the hotel but the neighborhood, too," Ibarzabel said.

After Wicker Park, two other 5411 Empanadas are scheduled to open in early summer at 175 N. Franklin St. in the Loop and 3715 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview's Southport Corridor, bringing a total of five for the chain, which started as a food truck.

5411 Empanadas is owned by Ibarzabel, Andres Arlia and Mariano Lanfranconi, who named their eatery for the International telephone calling code for Argentina, 54, and the Buenos Aires city code, 11.

Slightly smaller than its North Avenue location, which seats 24, the Holiday Jones outpost will offer 16 seats.

Outside of the addition of breakfast empanadas, the menu will be the same as those at the Lakeview and North Avenue locations, which offer 11 varieties of empanadas including beef, ham and cheese, barbecue chicken, sweet corn, banana and Nutella.

The three breakfast empanadas, which will cost $2.50 each, are egg bacon and cheese; eggs and a mix of veggies; and eggs, chorizo and black beans. 

5411 Empanadas at Holiday Jones is planning to open at 8 a.m. daily and close at 11 p.m. and eventually offer liquor — although the focus will initially be on food, Ibarzabel said.

Though 5411 Empanadas serves Intelligentsia Coffee at its other locations, since there is already a dedicated Intelligentsia cafe just up the street from Holiday Jones — at the base of a 99-unit apartment tower the new spot will offer Bow Truss Coffee.

"We like Bow Truss and already sell Bow Truss to-go. We will see how it goes and maybe change our other locations [to offer Bow Truss]," Ibarzabel said.

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