Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ryan Poli Leaving Perennial For Mercadito Start-Up

Chef Ryan Poli of Perennial. (Photo: Perennial)

The word's out and Eater busted the story wide open Wednesday afternoon.

Ryan Poli, Perennial's colorful executive chef, is apparently leaving his post to helm Mercadito's new venture in the old Martini Park space.

Words of the Week . . .

Blue 13's Dan Marunowski. (Photo: Blue 13)

"Has internet made people lose the ability to hold conversations over the phone? I'm taking reservations @Blue13Chicago and it's painful..."—Tweet from Blue 13 partner Dan Marunowski

Stanley's Kitchen & Tap Lands At O'Hare

Original Stanley's Kitchen & Tap in Lincoln Park. (Photo: Stanley's Kitchen & Tap)

One thing's for sure, you won't see any travelers belting out "Proud Mary" karaoke style when the O'Hare location for Stanley's Kitchen & Tap opens Feb. 26 in Terminal 2.

But they'll get to experience the down-home flavors for which the Lincoln Park institution has become known, including fried chicken, Southern-style brunch and more.

According to an Ultimate Insider, the owners have partnered with the Chicago Blackhawks for this venture, which means that it'll be pretty sports oriented as well.