Anteliz said that he plans to open in the next couple of months. "We are so excited to be part of such a great and diverse community and look forward to being part of the Hyde Park community for a very long time," Anteliz told the Chicago Eater.
Anteliz is hoping that his eatery’s signature specialty sandwiches will attract more business from Hyde Park residents than did Packed’s responsibly-sourced—but pricey and small-portioned—dumplings. Packed opened for business in January and closed just months later in May.
The cemita is a type of torta originating from Puebla, Mexico. It’s served on sesame seed bread with chipotle pepper, Oaxacan cheese, avocado, and a thin cut of breaded meat. A basic cemita costs $8 at Cemitas Puebla, and tacos run between $3 and $4.
Cemitas Puebla currently operates two locations: one in the West Loop and the other in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, only a mile away from the chain’s now-closed original location, where the restaurant thrived for 13 years and exploded in popularity after a feature on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Anteliz has yet to publicize business hours for the Hyde Park location, but the West Loop and Humboldt Park locations stay open until 9 p.m. on weeknights and until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Cemitas Puebla takes delivery and carryout orders through its iPhone app.