Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The line outside of Celtic Crossings during a past St. Patrick's Day party. (Photo: Celtic Crossings)
A few Chicago bar owners tell 312DD that the city's aiming to tame the rowdy St. Patrick's Day crowds by issuing some exorbitant fines for those infamous "all-you-can-drink" packages.
"It started with New Year's Eve and all the '$100 open bar' ads," says one tavern owner, who asked to remain anonymous. "No on-site enforcement; the city just mailed you court hearing dates and fines of $3,500. Then they decreased them to $3,000."
He adds that the city liquor commission "reinterpreted" the happy hour law to suit their needs. "If an advertisement does not state how many drinks are included, they assume it's unlimited and are ticketing them."
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Nico's cocktail lounge (Photo: One Off Hospitality)
What an achievement in two months!
GQ just released Alan Richman's annual best new restaurant guide and One Off Hospitality's Nico Osteria was the only Chicago eatery to make the cut.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Photo via the Chicago Tribune
The man just doesn't stop.
Now the tireless restaurateur behind such cult favorites as Au Cheval, Bavette's and the newly opened Green Street Meats is taking over the dining program at the Waldorf Astoria, according to Eater Chicago:
"(Brendan) Sodikoff will reconcept Balsan, but details on what it will become are currently unavailable. His company will also handle Bernard's Bar, in-room dining and special events, putting his design stamp on the hotel as a whole."
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
(Photo: Protein Bar)
I'm pretty serious about this, and it makes up for all this horrible weather we've been experiencing lately.
If you can hold off until Feb. 15, you'll get a chance to witness one of the most spectacular Chicago restaurant openings I've heard about in a long time. It's not as though the new Lincoln Park location for Protein Bar is even all that fancy, it's what owner Matt Matros is doing for the public that's got me all geeked.
On opening day, the store will first host a sunrise yoga class at 6am, then the doors officially open at 11am when the first 100 customers will receive $500 gift cards (Yes, that is $50,000 in gift cards).
One public relations veteran exclaimed about this promotion: "I have done a lot of openings and anniversary PR, including the Potbelly's 20th anniversary free giveaways, but this is one of the best I have heard of in a long time. It's good idea for new and repeat diners; and good for the hood."
Something tells me that folks will be lining up overnight for this opportunity, so don't forget to set your alarm clocks!
Monday, February 3, 2014
And once word got out, the party wasn't so exclusive anymore, according to my Ultimate Insider.
My source was going for the free cocktails, so it was only until he arrived at Chop Shop on Saturday did he find out that it was also a birthday party for three of the cast members of "Chicago Fire," which airs on NBC.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Photo via midtownlunch.com
Thursday afternoon I somewhat set Twitter abuzz when I inquired about Potbelly's secret underground menu, which includes a bacon cheeseburger, Fireball and something called a Wrecking Ball.
Apparently this is very much a real thing, and while I couldn't find any details on Potbelly's website, one blogger uncovered the secret menu for your enjoyment. While I'm always down for A Wreck, I cannot wait to go back to try everything they're trying to keep secret.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
(Photo: Green St. Smoked Meats)
Head's up. Green St. Smoked Meats, the Texas-themed project from sensational restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, opens Feb. 4.
If you're having trouble keeping up with all his projects—he's also the guy behind Au Cheval, Bavette's and Doughnut Vault—this is the venue that's all about BBQ.
Monday, January 27, 2014
When I think of someone walking into a Chicago restaurant or bar brandishing a gun—who is not a cop—all I can picture is John Wayne. In a 10-gallon hat. Strutting in cowboy boots. With a holster on his hip.
I don't want that image in my head, but it's now become a reality since Illinois passed the concealed carry law in 2013. The law went into effect on Jan. 5 and restaurants and bars all over town have been posting the above sign in their windows.