LINCOLN SQUARE — The owners of the new Vidalia restaurant on Lawrence Avenue were aiming to open by the end of this month and will nearly meet that goal, announcing a Feb. 1 debut, "fingers crossed."
"Doors opening February 1! #barringanysetbacks," the restaurant posted to Instagram.
Vidalia — from the veterans behind Dante's Pizzeria and Haywood Tavern — occupies the storefront that was previously home to the Last Pit Stop, 1964 W. Lawrence Ave.
Rodney Staton, chef and co-owner of Humboldt Park's Haywood Tavern, is a partner in the venture with Georg Simos and Alex Tsolakides, who own Dante's Pizzeria, High Dive and Crown Liquors.
"We'll be a sandwich place that serves pizza," Staton said.
Unlike Dante's New York-style pies, Vidalia's pizza will be a take on Chicago thin crust "that travels well" for delivery, said Staton.
Large deli sandwiches will share space on the menu with paninis, and Staton promised several options for vegetarians.
Side dishes will include multiple versions of potato salad — Staton said he's particularly excited about a farro salad with roasted beets and a tzatziki-type sauce made with grated apple and sumac.
Initially Vidalia will be BYOB, but a liquor license could be coming down the road. Hours will be daily, likely 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to Staton.