I've never posted here before but I've been lurking for a while.
This place has been in development for a while, it seems, and now they've finally opened. (On Pratt Avenue just east of Sheridan). They did a "soft opening" though, so there's no sign outside yet and there has been no promotion - so I think they weren't quite expecting the crowd that was there on Friday night. One waiter was taking care of 22 tables, but as frazzled as he was he was good humored and conscientious.
I have to say that the food was fantastic. The chengeh I had was tender and flavorful, the shrimp were plump and great, they give you a big pile of very tasty dill rice (or plain, if you prefer) and the entrees are a very reasonable $9-12 for what they give you. They do not have a liquor license but it's BYO.
They have some details to finish and some kinks to work out...they will need more staff in both the kitchen and dining room very quickly, judging by the business they've drawn just by word of mouth. The space doesn't seem quite finished - there is a large marble fountain in the middle of the floor that seems a little out of place right now, but it seems like they probably have a plan for it. The space itself sort of echoes, and they had music on I think but it was drowned out. They have large windows that will open up in the summertime.
I'm really pulling for these guys, as I think east Rogers Park can use a place like this. Like I said, things aren't perfect yet, but (especially if you live in the neighborhood and want an option that's close by and that's not Leona's or the Heartland) I would highly recommend checking them out. If you need to drive be aware that parking can be awful in that area. The red line to Morse or Loyola is another option.