Brick-and-Mortar on the Horizon for Don Pablo’s Kitchen & Bakeshop

The Glenview ghost kitchen will open a storefront in Uptown in early 2022.
Brick-and-Mortar on the Horizon for Don Pablo’s Kitchen & Bakeshop
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In May of this year, Pablo Soto and his wife Julie Morrow-Soto opened a ghost kitchen in Glenview. Soto, a journalist-turned-baker, began selling Chilean hand pies, and now less than a year later, a few changes are in the works. Come the new year, Don Pablo’s Kitchen & Bakeshop will have a storefront in Chicago’s Uptown, and it’s an opening you won’t want to miss.

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Don Pablo’s empanadas come in an assortment of flavors, from the Clasica, filled with hand-cut top sirloin steak, onions, hard boiled egg, black olives, and spices, to the Greek Tragedy, stuffed with artichoke hearts, cremini mushrooms, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

While Soto and Don Pablo’s share a name, The Daily Northwestern reports the bakeshop actually pays homage to the esteemed Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda. You’ll notice a few other indicators like the menu item Poeta, an empanada filled with sautéed shrimp, corn, a blend of mozzarella and gouda cheeses, and basil and oregano.

In addition to savory empanadas you can find the Granny, filled with spiced apples, as well as alfajores, which are delicate, buttery cookies filled with a homemade caramel.

Don Pablo’s Kitchen & Bakeshop will open at 1007 W. Argyle Street in Chicago. “We still are few weeks away for the renovations to be done,” Soto shared in an email with What Now Chicago. “After that we should be ok to finish up the city permits to be able to open. Hopefully our doors will be open by mid January.” The shop will offer pickup and delivery, as well as a space for customers to enjoy their pies in-house.

Find Don Pablo’s Kitchen & Bakeshop online to learn more.

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Eve Payne

Eve Payne

Eve Payne is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Nashville Review, and RHINO.
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