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Rick Bayless to open Mexican cafe at Penn

The Chicago-based Mexican chef will specialize in tortas.

Rick Bayless to open Mexican cafe at Penn

Chef and Mexican food enthusiast Rick Bayless, in an image illustrating "A Perfect Fall Party: Classic Mexican Mole Fiesta for 24," from his newest cookbook.
Chef and Mexican food enthusiast Rick Bayless, in an image illustrating "A Perfect Fall Party: Classic Mexican Mole Fiesta for 24," from his newest cookbook.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Rick Bayless, the Chicago-based Mexican chef and cookbook author, will open a cafe in late winter at Penn's ARCH building at 36th Street and Locust Walk, now under renovations.

Though the article did not identify the new restaurant, it's lilkely Tortas Frontera, one of Bayless' casual brands; there's a new location at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. He also owns Frontera Grill and Topolobampo.

“Philadelphia has really come on to the scene as one of the great restaurant cities,” Bayless was quoted. He mentioned that he has been exploring the idea of working at college campuses because the college years are “formative.” 

Bayless, a PBS host (Mexico: One Plate at a Time), won the first season of Top Chef Masters.

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