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One of Spiaggia's new dishes: foie gras-stuffed ravioli.

Spiaggia is back in business. After being closed for renovations for six months, the favorite upscale, modern classic Italian restaurant Spiaggia opened this Memorial Day weekend with a brand-new design and menu. The brand-new Spiaggia features a dining room renovation, and a new lounge area. When guests enter, they will be greeted by a “floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled wine room, showcasing 1,700 of the restaurant’s nearly 5, 000 bottles.” Spiaggia Lounge offers a more casual atmosphere with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dining room itself features two tiers of seating that are accented by metal tree sculptures.

Probably the most notable change for Spiaggia is the re-vamped menu created by executive chef Chris Marchino, which still follows the traditional Italian courses of antipasti, pasta, secondi and dessert, as well as a chef’s tasting menu. The menu ranges from a raw diced venison, smoked trout roe, pumpernickel, horseradish, lemon antipasti; to a Hudson Valley foie gras, hazelnut, and rhubarb ravioli; and a Guinea hen with Chesapeake Bay blue crab, nebrodini, mushroom, herbs.

The Lounge menu, meanwhile, features samplings of fine Italian ingredients like hand-braided mozzarella and foie gras dipped in amarena cherry.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


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New owner of Whitey's to tweak East Grand Forks landmark

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - The new owner of Whitey's plans to reopen the iconic East Grand Forks eatery in early September, but not before making some changes to the way the historic bar and restaurant is run.

Roseau businessman Tim Bjerk will retain the Whitey's name, but he plans to make changes to the menu, remodel the restaurant's interior and bring a strong customer service focus to the business.

Bjerk's purchase of Whitey's, the building, its equipment, furnishings and second-floor apartments, closed June 30. Bjerk, who owns and operates Gene's Bar & Grill in Roseau with his wife, Kristi, was the only prospective buyer to meet the former owners' asking price of $650,000 at a May auction.

"There is a lot of history with Whitey's," Bjerk said. "It's been a landmark ever since I can remember. We're glad to be in the position we are today and hope to carry on its good name."

Bjerk, 36, plans to leave his home in Roseau and live in an East Grand Forks apartment while he manages the business hands-on "for a few years." Kristi and Bjerk's two sisters will help run Gene's Bar & Grill and his wife will handle daily logistics for the sanitation company Bjerk owns and operates in Roseau while he's gone.

Greg Stennes, a longtime Whitey's manager and a partner in the group that sold the business to Bjerk, said he has known the new owner for "quite a few years" and is confident in Bjerk's ability to turn around the venerable establishment.

"I think he's the right guy," Stennes said. "He's really excited about it. He has a successful business going and a good local attitude, which is important. And he's a hard-working guy. That's what it takes."

Whitey's, a fixture within the local bar and restaurant scene for more than 80 years, abruptly closed its doors in February - less than a year after a new ownership group took over a business that had suffered from declining profitability in recent years.

The former ownership group had changed the name to Whitey's Steak and Seafood and made changes to the restaurant's menu.

But Stennes, 64, who retired from the business a few years ago only to return last year in an attempt to help right the ship, said Bjerk is much different than the former ownership group.

"There's a huge difference," Stennes said. "All the people in that group are good people, but the concept of the restaurant was a little misguided. It didn't sell real well to our market base."

As traffic dwindled in its final months of operation, the former owners also pared back the bar's famed late-night menu and stopped serving lunch on weekdays.

Bjerk said he is still working on menu details, but he said the new menu will be more affordable than it was when Whitey's closed.

He promised more of an emphasis on "meat and potatoes" dishes such as fresh-cut steaks as well as bar-and-grill fare. Bjerk said the bar menu will be more extensive than the one offered by Gene's Bar & Grill, but added that some Gene's menu items like its burgers, signature recipes and sauces will be incorporated into the new Whitey's menu.

Bjerk said he hasn't determined the restaurant's hours or how early it will close. But he said that Whitey's will be open for lunch all week long, will focus more on the restaurant business and will not attempt to compete with the Grand Forks bars as a late-night hangout.

"At this point, we're going to look more at the restaurant and dining," he said. "We'll be an afternoon bar hangout with the bar available in the evening."

Bjerk said he has applied for a new liquor license for Whitey's after the old liquor license expired last month. Bjerk said he is in the process of determining what will be stocked at the bar and how extensive its offerings will be.

Bjerk declined to get into specifics, but said he plans to redesign the floor plan of the restaurant. He said the changes will not require acquiring any permits. No changes are planned for the building's exterior or existing signage.


Pre-Babbo, Remembering The Coach House Restaurant on Waverly, and How Babbo Came to Be

Vanity Fair has a preview in their May issue of Restaurant Man, a memoir by restauranteur (and Master Chef judge) Joe Bastianich who “recounts his evolution from being the son of a Queens-based working-class restaurant owner to prevailing over New York City’s most mouth-watering gourmet Italian restaurants.” This includes popular Babbo near Washington Square and Eataly, among others. Reading the VF excerpt was interesting for its story of how Babbo came to be, the author’s partnership with Mario Batali, and an interesting anecdote about real estate in New York City. Mr. Bastianich writes of the vacant (at the time) Coach House restaurant which lead me to wonder about this “landmark” institution that preceded Babbo and closed in 1993.

Upon its official closing, in “Neighborhood Report: Greenwich Village — An Appreciation After 44 Years and 4 Proud Stars, Dinner Is Over at the Coach House,” the New York Times wrote:

The restaurant’s setting was as warm and restorative as a wood stove in January: brick and wood-paneled walls, red leather banquettes, brass chandeliers, handsome 19th-century oil paintings, and gentle lighting. Celebrities and food mavens from around the country made a point of visiting the Coach House over the years. Perhaps the most prominent patron was James Beard, the celebrated food writer and gourmand who made a tradition of dining there every Christmas Eve.

At one point, when [Beard] had become more prosperous, he ate almost nightly for a solid month at one of his regular haunts, the Coach House near his home in Greenwich Village, where his favorite dishes included corn sticks, black bean soup, and mutton chops.

The Coach House was open for 44 years in its Waverly Place location and closed in 1993. (Thankfully, and perhaps unusually, at least it would be for today, it was not because of landlord issues — in this case, that’s due to the fact that the owner of the restaurant also owned the building.)

Housed in a 19th-century coach house just off Washington Square, on what was once the estate of the Wanamaker family, the restaurant was created in 1949 by Leon Lianides, a meticulous and genteel man who had a hand in every aspect of the business, from menu planning to wine selection and decor. The 76-year-old Mr. Lianides, who has been in failing health in recent years, never reopened the restaurant after closing for vacation last summer.

The space was vacant for close to five years until Mr. Batali and Mr. Bastianich took over the space in 1998.

The story of how that came to be from the forthcoming book via Vanity Fair:

Mario [Batali] was totally irreverent in his style, kind of a hippie like me, but a lot farther out than I was willing to go. He was from Seattle but had gone to school at Rutgers in New Jersey. He used to deal weed in college, wearing a robe and genie shoes, and he worked at a place called Stuff Yer Face Pizza. He was a skinny version of what he is now. He wasn’t wearing the clogs yet, but always the shorts. That was his signature—cargo shorts and sneakers. By then I had eased into some kind of post-bachelor, urban-contemporary bon vivant. Mostly I looked as if I owned a successful restaurant. Mario looked like he was on his way to a Phish concert. We made a good pair.

One night we were coming from dinner somewhere and were walking down Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, by Washington Square Park, and we saw the old Coach House restaurant all boarded up with a big “for rent” sign.

We were just having fun, not really planning on opening a restaurant, but somehow we got the inspiration to start what we thought would be the perfect restaurant, where we would have no economic ambitions and just kind of fulfill the pure aspiration of creating the ideal environment for eating and drinking and expressing our passion for Italy and all things Italian. You can bet that Restaurant Man has a few in him when he starts thinking like this. And that was the birth of Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca.

We didn’t need to make money, we were flush—both of our restaurants, Becco and Po, were doing better than we could have dreamed—and so suddenly there was a purity of spirit and ideas, a freedom, almost an irreverence toward what was standard or expected. Sometimes the greatest commerce comes from a lack of commerce, we declared, contrary to every truism that Restaurant Man has ever preached or lived by. We didn’t exactly have our feet planted too firmly when we got to blue-skying this fantasy—we were just thinking about this great new idea for an Italian restaurant, wine and food in the perfect setting, and the Coach House was calling our names. …

We called the number on the “for rent” sign and met with this guy who was like the sultan of Albanian-Muslim restaurant slumlords in New York—he wore tracksuits and had a fucking scimitar hanging on his wall, and this is where we learned another important lesson in the New York restaurant business: every restaurant opens based on a real-estate deal. Eventually we’d open places just because we could get the location, before we even had a concept. When it comes to you, you don’t say no. Like George Costanza and parking spaces. You see it, you take it, because it’s not apt to happen again. Not only did we get the lease, but we were able to sneak in this option-to-buy-the-building clause, because the landlord thought we were just a couple of mooks, doomed to fail, who were never going to have the money to close the deal, so he put it in there at a fixed price. A few years later, we bought it.

It’s a good read what I read thus far and a good New York story. It’s a lit-tle strange that he refers to himself as “the Restaurant Man.” ? But anyway, in 1998, when Babbo first opened, Mr. Bastianich told the New York Times, “We plan a restaurant that will be elegant but not expensive.'”

On Yelp, Babbo has the highest price rating $$ – $61 and up.

Anyone who experienced the Coach House out there? Would love to hear your recollections.


The Frog & The Bull restaurant in Austin, Texas, had only been open for four and a half months when, in mid-March, it had to redesign its business due to the coronavirus and close its doors to sit-down customers.

That's why a diner's recent kind gesture means so much to David Fernandez, owner of the establishment, which specializes in tapas, steak and seafood.

Friday was Frog & The Bull's first day fully open since the city's coronavirus lockdown, which began on St. Patrick's Day and required the restaurant to only accept delivery and takeout orders. That night, a man came with his family of five and ordered a few "higher-end items" and "a couple of decent bottles of wine," Fernandez told TODAY. The meal cost over $300.

When it was time to pay, the man, whom Fernandez had seen at the restaurant a few times before, asked his server, 18-year-old Josh Pikoff, to double the bill. Not knowing what to do, Pikoff asked Fernandez to come to the table.

"I just kind of looked at (the customer) and said, 'Are you sure? You don't have to do that,'" Fernandez recalled. "He was like, 'No, I'm very sure.'"

When the good Samaritan got the revised bill, he wrote in a $300 tip for Pikoff and another $1,000 "for the house," according to a photo of the check. The total came to $2,029.

"We were pretty stoked about that. It was crazy," Fernandez said. "I told him . 'We'll take very good care of you when you're back in here, trust me. This is really nice of you.'"

While Pikoff can pocket his share, the house's portion will go to paying off bills. The holidays were slow, and Fernandez was counting on a St. Patrick's Day party to help his bottom line. But instead, he had to cancel the event, ask his chef to create a takeout and delivery menu, and trim his staff down to the bare minimum.

"When you're starting up, that's when you're at your most vulnerable," Fernandez explained. "From March 17 up until now, we've been fighting for our survival, just barely scraping by . I literally have been living payroll to payroll, just making enough money to pay (my employees) . so something like this helps out huge because I can start chipping away at other bills."

Fernandez added that he's applied for government assistance like many other business owners but has yet to receive any help from such programs.

"This makes this man's generosity extremely important to us," he said. "It comes at such a good time."


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Peruvian rooftop restaurant Cabra has reopened its terrace for outdoor dining. Cabra [Official Photo]

Indoor dining is again banned in Chicago as of October 30, per a mandate from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in response to escalating rates of coronavirus in the city. The rollback on pandemic regulations forces bar and restaurant operators to pivot once again to try and keep their businesses open and employees paid, turning to outdoor dining (weather and temperatures allowing), as well as carryout and delivery.

The following are just some of the restaurants that have reopened their patios and takeout windows. It will be updated periodically. For a list on available takeout and delivery options, go here.

Know of a restaurant back open? Email [email protected] with details so they can be included when this post is next updated.

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December 18

Fulton Market: Cabra, the Peruvian rooftop restaurant from Top Chef and Iron Chef winner Stephanie Izard, has reopened its partially-enclosed area for dinner during the week and additional lunch service on weekends, according to a rep. Staff are featuring an abbreviated menu and there are heaters stationed on every table. Reservations are available online. Coincidentally, Izard was criticized on Friday for irresponsible cultural appropriation after posting a recipe for a dish she called “bibimbap” on Instagram. She has since apologized for the post. Cabra inside the Hoxton hotel, 200 N. Green Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 pm. daily 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lakeview: New Italian restaurant Pizzeria Flora is featuring pizza, pasta, and mussels in red wine sauce, according to a rep. The space previously housed kosher Middle Eastern spot Mizrahi on Clark. Pizzeria Flora, 3037 N. Clark Street, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Logan Square: Mr. E’s Late Nite, the newest spot from prolific restaurateur Esam Hani (the Old Plank, Cafe Con Leche), is open and serving, according to Block Club Chicago. It’s an unfussy venue where staff sling late-night friendly items including hot dogs, Italian beef, pizza puffs, plus cheap beer. It’s the seventh business Hani operates in the 2700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. Mr. E’s Late Nite, 2704 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open for carryout and delivery, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Motor Row: New virtual venture Killah Quesadillah debuts Friday with a menu of creative sweet and savory quesadilla options, according to a Facebook post. Options include a Baja Shrimpadillah (Takis Zombie-fried shrimp, baja slaw, Chihuahua cheese, avocado) and Dulcedillah (strawberry cream cheese, vanilla wafers, champurrado, cajeta caramel sauce, strawberries). Killah Quesadillah, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, Order delivery and carryout through the website, Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wicker Park: Taquizo, the new Mexican street food spot that’s replaced 20-year-old stalwart Las Palmas, opened this week under the same ownership. A casual taqueria, it features tacos de suadero, quesotacos (rolled in crisped melted cheese), and more from veteran chef Yanitzin Sanchez (Mas, Sabor Saveur, Mercado Cocina). There’s also antojitos, burritos, and bowls, and eventually staff will launch an upscale menu that’s still under development. Taquizo, 1835 W. North Avenue, Order online via Toast, Open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Oakbrook Terrace: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has moved its Northbrook locations to Oakbrook Terrace. So suburbanites still have a source for deep-dish goodness. Lou Malnati’s, 18W080 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace, open 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

December 11

Around Town: A former Blackbird and Spiaggia bartender has opened a delivery-only operation selling cocktails to go, snacks, and sandwiches. It’s called Present Tense and they’ve got drinks like ·Chicago Tea (rye, brandy, Demerara, orange and angostura bitters), CR-7 Manhattan (Fino sherry, rye, rosé vermouth), and a margarita (tequila, cinnamon, orange, lemon). There’s also sandwiches and snacks. Order via Tock.

Present Tense is a new endeavor. Present Tense [Official Photo]

Humboldt Park: Tecalitlan, a beloved Mexican restaurant that closed over the summer in West Town as it searches for a new location, has set up a delivery-only restaurant in Humboldt Park. Order via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

Lincoln Park: Food Haul, the virtual food hall the opened over the summer at Local Foods, has brought on Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani to open a pasta and burger virtual restaurants. Toscana and Burger ‘n Wiches joins six other restaurants, including options from veterans Dirk Flanagan and Anthony Bosko. Order online.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Commons, the development where Children’s Memorial Hospital once stood, is welcoming Verve Wine to its retail side. Verve has locations in New York and San Francisco. It’s a boutique wine shop, and they’ll open for online ordering first before welcoming customers to browse. Verve Wine, 2934 N. Lincoln Avenue, virtual opening on December 12.

River North: Clutch, a River North bar, has launched a pair of takeout- and delivery-only restaurants. They first is a fried chicken concept inspired by Disney’s Incredibles. It’s called the Kluckerz. There’s also a taco spot called Lime and Radish, and ordering is via Tock.

Roscoe Village: After closing to regroup, Roscoe Village French/Mediterranean restaurant Le Sud is back with heated bubble dining. 2031 W. Roscoe Street, reservations via Resy.

Evanston: Inside suburban Evanston’s Prairie Moon gastropub, owners have launched Pasta Luna. The Trib has details. Pasta Luna, 1635 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

December 4

Bronzeville: Carver 47, a cafe inspired by famed agricultural scientist and inventor Dr. George Washington Carver, is back open inside South Side cultural arts and education center Little Black Pearl. It features a new menu from chef and vocalist Lizz Wright. Patrons can off an all-day menu with items like a Booker T flatbread (mushrooms, spinach, chicken, thyme), a meatless Quarantine Burger (Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce), smoothies, juices, and more. The cafe also offers holiday and dinner boxes with ingredients from an onsite garden and featuring local vegetable purveyors, as well as a retail market with produce, clothes, and home goods. Carver 47, 1050 E. 47th Street, Order online for carryout, Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bucktown: Taqueria Chingón, the Mexico City-style taqueria from chefs Sotero Gallegos (Le Sardine), Marcos Ascencio (Bar Lupo, Nomi), and Oliver Poilevey of Le Bouchon, debuted Friday on Western Avenue to a long line of excited patrons, according to an Instagram post. The trio feature seven tacos, including crispy pig head carnitas (“Mexican giardiniera,” arbol salsa), vegetarian al pastor (marinated portobello, celery root, pineapple), and costilla (short rib, pea tendrils, hazelnuts). They’re also offering a Que Rico Chingón Special — al pastor meat available by the half or full pound — plus pozole, ceviche, and quesadillas. Stay tuned for more on this buzzy new spot. Taqueria Chingón, 2236 N. Western Avenue, Order pickup via Toast, Open noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Lakeview: 1930s-inspired coffee shop Cafe Deko is open, sporting an Art Deco aesthetic and a walk-up window, according to a rep. Patrons can expect coffee, tea, espresso drinks, including Freddo cappuccinos. A small food selection includes pastries, bagels, and muffins. Cafe Deko, 800 W. Diversey Parkway, Order pickup via Square, Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lincoln Park: Coastal Soups, a new virtual restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), is now serving a rotating menu of eight seasonal soups out of the kitchen at Summer House Santa Monica, according to a rep. Each soup comes with an appropriate bread option: roasted corn chowder comes with a buttermilk biscuit, for example, and chicken tomatillo soup is served with a jalapeno corn muffin. Soup selections will change every two weeks. Costal Soups, 1954 N. Halsted Street in Summer House Santa Monica, Order carryout and delivery via ChowNow, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Noble Square: At long last, a now infamous Checkers location in the Polish Triangle is open after more than a year and a half of delays. Originally slated to open in July 2019, reps pushed the opening date to December and then postponed the debut indefinitely. Located beside a Popeye’s owned by the same franchisee, the restaurant was supposed to be a big deal for Checkers — it was a part of a plan to open 100 new restaurants in the Chicago area at the time. Fans can count on a menu of the chain’s burgers, wings, and popular “famously” seasoned fries. Checkers, 1555 W. Division Street, Order delivery and pickup via Postmates, Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Pullman: Local coffee spot AndySunflower Cafe has opened a new location inside One Eleven Food Hall featuring hot caffeinated (and some decaf) beverages, along with breakfast items, pastries, and snacks, according to a news release. Specialty latte options include Bananas Foster, Magic Maple, and Chocobutter, and patrons can expect doughnut options from the South Side’s legendary bakery Old Fashioned Donuts. The cafe’s items are also available out of Aint She Sweet Cafe in Beverly. AndySunflower Cafe, 756 East 111th Street inside One Eleven Food Hall, Order online for carryout or curbside pickup, Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

River North: Virtual cocktail spot Gin and Juice has launched with a selection of individual and group-size cocktail kits from Three Dots and a Dash beverage director Kevin Beary and his team at the LEYE tiki bar, according to a rep. The drink menu primarily features classic cocktails like Mai Tais, Negronis, and Boulivardiers, as well as a few novelties like a Sesame Japanese Old Fashioned. Gin and Juice, 435 N. Clark Street inside Bub City, Order pickup and delivery via Tock, Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Loop: Ocean Prime, one of Chicago’s top steakhouses, has reopened for carryout and delivery inside the Shops at LondonHouse, according to a Facebook post. The glitzy downtown venue a month ago announced it would close for an indefinite amount of time. Menu items include seafood and prime steaks, as well as sushi and cocktails to go. Ocean Prime, 87 E. Wacker Drive, Order online for carryout and delivery, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Wicker Park: Mexican cafe chain La Borra Del Cafe has opened its first Chicago location in the former the former Buck’s/Carriage House space on Division. Menu items include Mexican pastries like conchas as well as toasts, coffee, frappes, and Mexican hot chocolate. The eight-year-old brand currently operates more than 65 locations between Mexico and the U.S., including a spot that opened last year in suburban Berwyn. La Borra Del Cafe, 1700 W. Division Street, online ordering available via third parties, Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for carryout.

Wicker Park: We’re Winging It, a new chicken wing operation out of family-owned Filipino restaurant Cebu, has debuted featuring six varieties of wings, according to a Facebook post. Cebu chef Malvin Tan is slinging wings in flavors like soy calamansi, tamarind (garlic, onion, pepper), guava bbq (vinegar, soy sauce) and more, along with thighs, fries, and rice. We’re Winging It, 2211 W. North Avenue inside Cebu, Order pickup via Toast, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Oak Brook: Chef Bill Kim (Urbanbelly, the Table at Crate) has launched a suburban delivery-only restaurant, Bill Kim’s Pizza & Parm Shop, according to a news release. It’s a partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, the company behind all Michael Jordan-brand restaurants. The new spot features a tight selection of Detroit-style pizzas, plus chicken parmesan as an entree or sandwich, wings, salads, and desserts. Bill Kim’s Pizza & Parm Shop, Order delivery online via Caviar, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Prospect Heights: Nashville hot chicken chain Fry the Coop has opened its fourth Chicago area location — and its first with a drive-thru window, according to a news release. Fans can expect chicken fried in beef fat with a range of heat levels, ranging from “country” (no spice) all the way up to “crazy hot.” A forthcoming suburban Tinley Park location is slated to open this winter. The chain also operates a city in West Town and suburban spots in Oak Lawn and Elmhurst. Fry the Coop, 580 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Prospect Heights, Currently drive-thru only, Open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

November 20

Garfield Park: Pollo Campero, a chain of fried and grilled chicken restaurants founded in Guatamala, launched a carryout and delivery-only location this week on the West Side, according to a news release. Patrons can expect “Campero fried,” “citrus grilled,” and “extra crunchy” chicken options, plus empanadas and sides such as yucca fries and sweet plantains. The chain, which operates 50 restaurants around the world, has another Chicago location in Albany Park. Pollo Campero, 3103 W. Lake Street, online ordering available, open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

French Quiche is open in Lincoln Park. French Quiche [Official Photo]

Lincoln Park: Neighborhood cafe French Quiche, a sister restaurant to neighboring bistro Chez Moi, debuted this month with a grab-and-go menu, according to a news release. Inspired by New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, chef Chef Dominique Tougne’s menu features a menu of daytime favorites such as French onion soup, four types of quiche (Lorraine, Savoyarde, Parisienne, and Provencal), sandwiches such as Le Croque Monsieur (white bread, Bechamel sauce, ham, Dijon mustard, Swiss), crepes, flatbreads, and more. French Quiche, 2210 N. Halsted Street, online ordering via Toast, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Old Town: Ruth’s Panmade Pizza, a new delivery-only spot from the hospitality group behind Quad Cities-style chain Roots Handmade Pizza, debuted Thursday with an emphasis on butter-crust deep dish pizza, according to a news release. The business is named for the illustrious late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Right’s Project. Menu options include for 12-inch pies like the RBG Supreme (taco-seasoned ground beef, sliced jalapenos, black olives, fried tortilla strips, cheddar cheese curds, Chihuaua cheese, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, marinara), along with salads, wings, burgers, and over-the-top sandwiches (think lasagna sandwich). In honor of Ginsburg and her tireless work on issues of gender equity, Ruth’s is donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, earmarked for the Women’s and Reproductive Rights project. Ruth’s Panmade Pizza, 1610 N. Wells Street inside Roots Old Town, online ordering available, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lunch delivery hours are slated to begin in December.

Ruth’s features five different 12-inch pizzas. Ruth’s Panmade Pizza [Official Photo]

South Loop: Florida-based seafood chain Red Lobster has opened its first delivery-only virtual kitchen, according to Chicago Business Journals. The well-known brand, like most other restaurants, is working to stay solvent as diners stay home due to the pandemic — leadership hopes off-premise sales will do the trick. Red Lobster, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, online ordering available, open 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

West Loop: Lovage, a new all-day cafe and market in the former Stumptown Coffee Roasters cafe just off the lobby at Ace Hotel Chicago, has debuted for to-go service, according to a rep. Led by executive chef Matt Danko and pastry chef Felicia Mayden, Lovage features coffee and espresso drinks (still from Stumptown), plus juice, cockails, pastries, sandwiches like a tomato and avocado with olive-compressed onions and garlic aioli, and more. There’s also a market-style selection of pantry items like wine, beer, snacks, and breads. The cafe is participating in the Artisan Grain Collaborative’s Neighbor Loaves charity, supporting farmers, bakers, and hungry Chicagoans. Staff are featuring a Thanksgiving meal for groups of two and four via Tock. Lovage, 311 N Morgan Street, online ordering via ChowNow, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

West Loop: Rye Deli & Drink, a new restaurant featuring contemporary takes on Eastern European Jewish deli classics, opened for carryout Thursday inside the Crowne Plaza hotel. Executive chef Billy Caruso (24 Diner, Easy Tiger), an Austin transplant, makes his bagels with heirloom flours from Janie’s Mill in Ashkum (78 miles south of Chicago) in varieties such as Maldon sea salt and thyme, za’atar, and even blue masa with Mexican cinnamon. Menu items also include a smoky, salty pastrami sandwich a delightfully modern riff on matzo ball soup made with a sofrito of spices like sumac, za’atar, and Ethiopian berbere that’s novel yet nostalgic and crispy morning bites like Tunisian briks (egg, fingerling potatoes, thyme, dill, crepe shell) and Persian fava bean kuku (baked-herbed omelet, seasonal roasted vegetables). Cocktails (sans deli theme) are also available, including We Got the Beet (beet-infused Cincoro Blanco tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, black lime rim). Rye Deli & Drink, 25 S. Halsted Street inside the Crowne Plaza hotel, carryout ordering available online, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

November 13

Avondale: A much-hyped new location for Portillo’s, the famed Chicago fast food chain beloved for its Italian Beef sandwiches and gargantuan slices of chocolate cake, opened earlier this month to a line of super fans, according to the Tribune. Though its dining room is currently closed, all usual goods are available via drive-thru, curbside pickup, or delivery. An outdoor patio is also open. Portillo’s, 3343 W. Addison Street, online ordering available, open 10 a.m. to midnight daily.

Chatham: New South Side Jamaican spot Jerk It Iz debuted Thursday with oxtail, curry goat, jerk meats and more, Block Club Chicago reports. Chicagoan Keisha Walton and Montego Bay native Calvin McPherson have geared their business those who work second shift and face limited food options during the pandemic. Fans of McPherson’s jerk sauce can even buy it by the bottle. Jerk It Iz, 8239 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hyde Park: Family-owned Cantonese restaurant Jade Court reopened in a new location this week in a new location about a year after owners closed on Racine Avenue, according to Block Club. The Near West Side location — the second of Jade Court three iterations — closed last year following the death of founder Eddy Cheung, who is credited with helping to bring dim sum to Chicago. Customers can order off a limited lunch and dinner menu for the time being, and staff plan to eventually debut a dim sum menu as well. Jade Court, 1516 E. Harper Court, online ordering via ChowNow, Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Dimo’s Pizza is open inside Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. Tara Kline/Dimo’s Pizza


Top tips for surviving COVID-19 restaurant closures

We’ve given you a lot of information and many ideas to digest. Here’s a summary of top tips to take with you as you streamline your operations during a COVID-19 related closure:

  • Consider laws, alternative revenue streams, and the wellbeing of your staff and customers as you contemplate temporarily closing your restaurant.
  • Be transparent with staff and customers if you decide to close your restaurant during the coronavirus epidemic. Communicate with both parties often and through multiple channels.
  • Reduce costs now in order to be able to reopen successfully. Pause inventory deliveries, reduce your payroll, and lower your utility bill to weather the storm.
  • Take advantage of the time gained by closing your restaurant to grow your business. Revamp your menu, stay in touch with customers, grow your professional network, do what you can to retain staff, and plan for your reopening during this time.

Stay safe during these difficult times. Check out our COVID-19 restaurant resource library and Instagram for more helpful tips.


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MarqE retail center in Spring Branch kicks off multiyear renovation project

Levcor will launch a renovation and modernization of the MarqE shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Interstate 10 at Silber Road.

Levcor will launch a renovation and modernization of the MarqE shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Interstate 10 at Silber Road.

Levcor will launch a renovation and modernization of the MarqE shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Interstate 10 at Silber Road.

Levcor will launch a renovation and modernization of the MarqE shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Interstate 10 at Silber Road.

Levcor will launch a renovation and modernization of the MarqE shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Interstate 10 at Silber Road.

Levcor will launch a renovation and modernization of the MarqE shopping, dining and entertainment complex on Interstate 10 at Silber Road.

the Marq*E Entertainment Center at Interstate 10 and Silber Road.

Levcor unveiled a redesign of the MarqE retail complex that will bring new outdoor and retail spaces to the shopping, dining and entertainment complex near the Spring Branch and Memorial areas.

The Houston-based developer, which has owned the center since 2014, plans to start construction in May and will roll out additional phases through 2022.

&ldquoMarqE has long served as a dynamic destination for family-friendly shopping and dining available in our city,&rdquo Levcor Vice President Justin Levine said in an announcement. &ldquoModernizing the functionality of MarqE will create a better-connected environment for our guests and retail partners, while updating the aesthetics will create a fresh and inviting center for locals and visitors, alike.&rdquo

Built in 1999, MarqE spans more than 350,000 square feet on 36 acres at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and Silber, just outside Loop 610. The center, which is anchored by Dave & Buster&rsquos, Edwards Cinema and LA Fitness, is 90 percent leased. Tenants not affected by COVID will remain open during renovations.

BRR is the architect for the project. The cost was not disclosed.

The additions, which are designed to make better use of the outdoors, will include shaded structures connecting the buildings, gathering spaces, oversized art and play structures. The storefronts will be heightened to bring in more natural light and enhance the retailers' visibility from Interstate 10.

Large canopied trees will be brought in as part of an extensive new landscaping plan. New outdoor conversation areas with WiFi will provide a place for outdoor meetings for the surrounding business community. A new two-level building with nearly 49,000 square feet will be built at the center of the complex.

&ldquoWe are working diligently to create an expanded, family-friendly experience at MarqE that highlights the diversity and culture of Houston,&rdquo Levine said. &ldquoAdding new restaurants, retail shops and entertainment concepts to our center will further expand the options found in our world-class city.&rdquo

Founded in 1980, Levcor has developed, owned and managed over 25 million square feet across the United States.


Prep School

As they prepare to open the doors of Heights Taco & Tamale Company, the culinary geniuses behind the brand give us a glimpse into the test kitchen where a bevy of soon-to-be-well-loved recipes are under development

&ldquoMexican food is in my blood,&rdquo says Scott McGehee, executive chef of Yellow Rocket Concepts and one of four owners of the group&rsquos newest venture, Heights Taco & Tamale Company. &ldquoI was raised eating at Browning&rsquos [the restaurant that previously occupied Heights Taco & Tamale Company&rsquos soon-to-open space], so the whole experience is very meaningful to me,&rdquo he adds. McGehee had two overarching thoughts when the opportunity to open a restaurant in the historic Heights location presented itself: &ldquoFirst, I thought that doing anything other than Tex-Mex would be a disservice. Second, we really wanted to do something unexpected&mdashjust as Browning&rsquos did with their original Tex-Mex concept when they opened their doors in 1946,&rdquo McGehee says. He also notes that the menu will differ from the coastal-inspired fare at Local Lime, one of Yellow Rocket Concepts&rsquo three other ventures, which also include Central Arkansas&rsquo ZAZA and Big Orange.

On this particular day, McGehee and chef Ben Brainard, who along with John Beachboard and Russ McDonough comprise the restaurant&rsquos four partners, were working to perfect a few much-anticipated menu items, including Delta-style, pulled-pork tamales, Arkansas heirloom tomato pico de gallo , and a Paloma cocktail for those stopping in to visit the bar. Each dish has a strong, Deep-South-meets-Texas-meets-Little Rock flair. Brand Manager and Marketing Director Amber Brewer promises the restaurant&rsquos fully renovated space will have a similar vibe, making it a casual, comfortable place to drop in for lunch or dinner. Heights Taco & Tamale Company is set to open later this fall.

Celebrating a Classic

After the initial opening of Heights Taco & Tamale Company, McGehee plans to host monthly Browning&rsquos throwback nights where the landmark restaurant&rsquos most celebrated dishes will be served. &ldquoWe aren&rsquot including these on our regular menu, but I want to pay homage to the institution and give people a chance to experience that menu,&rdquo McGehee says.

Try the Recipes

While the chefs hadn&rsquot settled on the exact resturant menu the day of our shoot, they are allowing us to share recipes from the test kitchen with you before Heights Taco & Tamale Company opens its doors. Follow the At Home in Arkansas blog throughout the month of September to find the recipes for the pulled- pork tamales, Arkansas heirloom tomato pico de gallo, and Paloma cocktail.

Special thanks to Kim & Russ McDonough for the use of their home for this recipe development party and to Tipton + Hurst for the succulent floral arrangements on the table.


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