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Upcoming Andersonville Restaurant Will Offer New Flavor In Jerry’s Sandwiches Old Space

Andersonville specializes in a diverse restaurant scene that runs the gamut of ethnic food options and styles. Now, it was announced that yet another flavor will come to the Andersonville strip occupying the old Jerry’s Sandwiches at 5419 N. Clark which closed earlier this year.

Jerry’s Sandwiches, which was had four locations under the same name, closed all but the Lincoln Square location at 4739 N. Lincoln. Owners Mindy Friedler and her husband Mark Bire admitted in a statement that they were never meant to own chain restaurants and that is was the reason behind the closures.

Instead they will remodel the old Jerry’s Andersonville location and focus on modern Arabic food and Israeli cuisine. The name of the restaurant will be called Fiya which is urban slang for fire or great. That is appropriate as a wood-burning oven will literally take centerstage in the space where the old fireplace used to be.

The oven will produce signature breads such as laffa that guests can share at tables that will be organized around the hearth. Like Jerry’s Sandwiches, the restaurant will continue to offer a slightly modified selection of craft beers.

When Friedler and Bire looked for a chef to lead the kitchen, they searched for someone who had a real passion for the type of ethnic flavor they want to showcase. So they hired Israeli chef Liad Rozgovich who graduated from Chicago’s French Pastry School. Pastries will made by Eileen Kerbel, head chef of Geraldine’s Cafe which Friedler and Bire opened last year by Jerry’s Sandwiches Lincoln Square location.

Fiya is expected to open in April or May.

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