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Lou Malnati’s and Kamehachi Turn to Tacos for New Joint Restaurant Venture



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    The deep dish mavens behind Lou Malnati’s pizza and the Japanese innovators of Chicago's first sushi restaurant, Kamehachi, have combined powers to set their sights on a new craft to master: tacos.

    Eater reports Lou Malnati’s owner Marc Malnati has teamed up with the local sushi mainstay Kamehachi to open a taco-centric joint in Old Town.

    Buzz Bait is slated to open in August at 1529 N. Wells St. in the space that used to be a Subway, according to Eater.

    Not many further details have been released, Eater says, but Buzz Bait has applied for a liquor license so presumably will be serving up bait and buzzes – quite literally.

    The storefront is right next door to Kamehachi's flagship Wells Street restaurant and around the corner from The Second City.

    Family-owned Kamehachi has been a Chicago staple for more than 40 years and now has locations in Northbrook, Streeterville, the Loop and River North.

    Lou Malnati's first restaurant opened in Lincolnwood in 1971 and has expanded to more than 40 locations in the Chicago area.

    In a 2012 survey by Esquire magazine, readers dubbed the chain to have the “most life-changing” pizza in the country.

    Can they do the same with tacos?

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