Sunday Brunch: Marina’s Bistro and Rum Bar in Uptown offers French toast with a twist, and more

It’s very fitting that Marina’s Bistro and Rum Bar, located at 4554 North Magnolia Avenue in Uptown, will debut its brunch on Mother’s Day.

Given who it’s named after, when else could it?

Eric Roldan, the chef and owner of Marina’s, named the restaurant after his mom.

“She taught me how to cook at a younger age,” Roldan explains. “I decided to honor her by naming the restaurant on her name.”

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Marina’s features authentic Puerto Rican food, an area of expertise for Roldan, who went to culinary school in Puerto Rico before coming back to Chicagoland and starting his business.

Roldan first operated as a “ghost kitchen.” Marina’s has been open for about eight months now.

“It’s been going great,” Roldan said. “Right now, we’ve been getting very busy. The response from people has been really great.”

Marina’s is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and, right now, Friday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

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As mentioned, though, the restaurant will debut its brunch on Sunday, May 12, for Mother’s Day.

To make a reservation or for more information, visit or call 773-739-9161.

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