Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Billy Dec updates blog on Rockit Wrigleyville opening

Brad Young (from left), Billy Dec and Arturo Gomez of Rockit Ranch Productions (Photo: Rockit Ranch Productions)

312DD told you earlier this morning Rockit Wrigleyville was debuting tonight, and now Rockit prez Billy Dec just updated his blog with confirmation:

"Proud to announce we are opening our second rockit bar and grill across the street from wrigley field tonight! The staff is so great and training went so well that we found ourselves ready earlier than thought- so opening early- at least most of it- saving sidewalk café for may 6th. It is a beautiful restaurant w/ the same menu as the one in river north that helped us earn the 'best restaurant' award at the 2008 rna awards (and of course the same burger that got 'best burger' in the country on good morning america!)."

Not the "quiet" opening they had hoped for tonight. I wonder why . . . hmmmmmm

UPDATE: NBCChicago.com is all over this story, too!

Chelsea Girls to rock LaSalle Power Co.

Which one's the Playboy model?! (Photo: Chelsea Girls)

How fitting that new rock-focused LaSalle Power Co. charges into its first official weekend with shows from the country's hottest all-girl cover band?!

The L.A.-based Chelsea Girls, which makes its base at The Roxy Theatre, is comprised of drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue, Eagles of Death Metal and Peaches), bassist Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy), lead guitarist Allison Robertson (founding member of The Donnas) and lead vocalist Tuesdae (world-famous deejay and Playboy model).

Look for them to perform classic and contemporary rock hits Saturday for the public at 9pm. No cover.

This thing will sell out for sure . . .


Elusive French-trained chef Eric Aubriot's been hiding out over at Taste Food and Wine in Rogers Park for about a year now focusing on pairing fine wines with gourmet bites.

So when we came across this cool—and dirt cheap!—event happening this weekend, we had to post it immediately before it sells out:

Aubriot's doing a cooking demo pairing flat iron steaks with wines. It's only $15, which is a bargain to get to hang out with this talented chef who was nominated twice for the James Beard Rising Star award, opened three Chicago restaurants (one of which was named one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants in 1999 and 2001) and worked under some of the most famous master chefs in the world.

The event happens 2-4pm on May 3. Space is limited, so RSVP ASAP.

EXCLUSIVE: Rockit Wrigleyville opens today!

Rockit's tribute to Elvis, "The King French Toast," should likely be on the brunch menu at the new Wrigleyville location. (Photo: Rockit Bar & Grill)

They tried to keep it a secret since day one, but 312DD wasn't having any of that.

Rockit Wrigleyville opens quietly today in the old Tuscany space.

And while we're told the menu and setting resemble the original River North location, here are some comments from a couple of Ultimate Insiders who've actually already seen it:

"I stopped in Rockit Wrigleyville yesterday... it looked pretty sweet at entry; met (manager) Dan Russo briefly. I'll check it out Wed."

"I went on Saturday because I was strolling down Clark that night and there were like 5 people in there and I'm thinking wtf? No one is in Rockit on a beautiful night? They weren't open yet, but whispered to come back on Tuesday!"

We cannot wait to check it out! Next Cubs home game is Thursday . . .