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Mia Francesca Expanding Nationally; Big Star Getting a Food Truck; More!

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Big Star [Photo: Ray Pride]

EVERYWHEREMia Francesca owner Scott Harris let us know he has plans to expand the restaurant chain nationwide. He's also opening a doughnut shop in Wicker Park. Good stuff.

WEST LOOP—Following the publication of a "rant" by Chicagoist saying Grant Achatz berated the writer in the middle of The Aviary, Achatz came back with his side of the story.

WICKER PARKBig Star is jumping into the food truck scene, but wants to wait until legislation is passed so they can cook on the truck and not just sell from the truck. Until then? Shaved ice.

WEST LOOPStephanie Izard was named chef of the year at the Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards. Her restaurant, Girl & The Goat, nabbed the award for best new restaurant.