Rōti Mediterranean Grill is opening its first location in Washington, DC, just down the street from the White House. To celebrate its arrival in the nation’s capital, the restaurant will award one lucky person a free lunch every day for a year. Rōti’s menu will include a variety of fire-roasted meats, pitas, couscous, falafel, kebabs, salads and composed Mediterranean plates, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The reasonably-priced menu offers plenty of options to keep the winner—and the rest of us—coming back again and again.
It’s the time of year when Chicagoans desperately look for a reason to think spring. Showy gastro-lounge Sable Kitchen & Bar offers just that, rolling out on March 24 in Kimpton’s soon-to-open Hotel Palomar.
Chef Heather Terhune—a veteran of Atwood Café in the Burnham Hotel—has developed a seasonally minded opening menu, which relies heavily on local farms and purveyors. Well-versed in both sweets and savories, Terhune expects to serve crisp, fiddlehead-topped flatbreads spun from 00 flour and homemade, boiled soft pretzels with smoked Wisconsin cheese fondue and whole grain mustard butter.
The kitchen will have plenty of Staub cast-iron cookware handy for dishes like steak frites and mussel frites, though Terhune is quick to note she won’t be locked into a single concept.
Big Jones will be one of several Chicago-area restaurants serving up bacon-themed treats.
by Jennifer Olvera
Do you love bacon like we do? Because we really, really love bacon. Fortunately, Chicago chefs do, too, and many of them are gathering for the porcine extravaganza known as Baconfest on April 10, beginning at noon.
The much-anticipated opening of ZUMA Miami in the EPIC hotel has been scheduled for May. This modern Japanese sake and tapas bar from chef Rainer Becker has proved to be a big success overseas—reservations at the original Zuma in London are still in demand eight years after its grand opening. Expect casually elegant contemporary Japanese pub grub, sushi and sashimi, and a selection of 40 different sakes.