Friday, February 22, 2008

Word . . .

A rendering of what ZED451's rooftop lounge will look like when it arrives this spring. (Photo: ZED451)

. . . is that ZED451 (739 N. Clark St.), the hip dining spot where the culinary team not only prepares the cuisine, but also serves it tableside, will have its grand opening in mid-April. I'm also getting excited about the two-story glass atrium, 451 Lounge, which is comprised of a wine bar, an indoor fire pit, a fully exposed kitchen with chef counter seating and a “green” roof top lounge with an outdoor fireplace.

Last Girl Standing Sarah Preston reports that Wicker Park indie lounge Celebrity bites the dust, making way for Aberdeen at 1856 W. North Ave. on March 8.

Marcus Samuelsson's much-anticipated seafood restaurant C-House (166 E. Superior St.) aims for a late-April debut in the new Affinia Chicago Hotel.

Juicy Wine Co. (1658 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-492-6620) is getting in the brunch biz on Saturdays with the 5 Buck Brunch. Beginning March 1, Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago chef and instructor Michael Wilison and his students will whip up weekly specials for $5 each. One of the signature dishes is sure to be the Orange Waffles with Harold's Fried Chicken. They'll also have Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Marys. 11am-4pm.

And look for the team behind high-end night spots Manor (642 N. Clark St., 312-475-1390) and RiNO (343 W. Erie St., 312-587-3433) to enter the culinary world as they're shopping for a space in the city to open a restaurant right now. Also, their super-duper VIP lounge Stay opens on the top level of Manor this spring.

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