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With 'New Look Restaurant,' Hadiya's Dad Channels Her Favorite Comfort Food

By Alex Nitkin | February 3, 2016 5:41am
 New Look Restaurant, 2554 E. 83rd St., is owned by Nathaniel Pendleton.
New Look Restaurant, 2554 E. 83rd St., is owned by Nathaniel Pendleton.
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SOUTH CHICAGO — Last Friday's "Commitment to Healing" event, a look back at the three years since 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death in Kenwood, honored the girl's memory in more ways than one.

That's because the memorial was also the grand opening of New Look Restaurant, 2544 E 83rd St., South Chicago's newest pub-and-grub. Owned and operated by Nathaniel Pendleton, Hadiya's cheerful and soft-spoken dad, New Look offers the full gamut of soul food in a cozy, polished setting.

With a simple menu, the restaurant focuses on the meat-and-potatoes basics and home-style comfort food. Nine "homemade dinners" include staples like pot roast, smothered chicken and catfish filet, each for $9, and beef short ribs for $14.

You can throw in a glass of homemade lemonade ($1.50) and a slice of sweet potato pie ($4) or peach cobbler ($3.50).

The long list of side dishes, including red beans with rice and macaroni and cheese, was — like the rest of the restaurant — drawn up as a tribute to Hadiya's memory.

The teen was a mac-and-cheese fiend, Pendleton mentioned at Friday's event.

If Hadiya could see the restaurant today, she might say "'You did good, Dad,'" Nathaniel Pendleton said.

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