The most recent issue of Nation’s Restaurant News contained a story about chef-owner Rick Bayless’ newest Chicago restaurant. With the opening of Xoco, Bayless’ much-imitated Mexican-inspired fare, long offered at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, now encompasses Mexican street food.Perhaps of equal consequence, though, is the fact that Xoco represents Bayless’ first LEED-certified—that’s the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—green restaurant. The quick-casual operation ...

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