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Chicago Restaurant News

Brendan Sodikoff's Small Cheval in Bucktown is the second outpost of Au Cheval

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO


What's the philosophy behind The Warbler, the newest restaurant by the Gather team? Quality ingredients and elevated execution. Chef Ken Carter has opened a chic spot in the same stretch as Gather. The menu features lighter dishes such as Ancient Grains salad with freekah, pomelo, sherry gastrique and rosemary crumble and Korean style chicken wings with tamarind glaze, and heavier items like curry with roasted mushrooms and ricotta and sausage with garlic soubise. The Warbler, 4535 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 773-681-0950.
 
Break out the bibs: Lowcountry's Wrigleyville location is getting a sister in early 2018. The second outpost will serve the signature boil-in-a-bag crawfish, shrimp, crab legs and fixin's, this time with an emphasis on counter service. Specialty sides such as jalapeño honey butter cornbread will remain, while large-format cocktails and beer towers account for the beverage program. Lowcountry, 1132 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, no phone.
 
Bellemore in the West Loop is the latest opening from the Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & The Goat, etc.). In a luxe space, enjoy New American fare like brown butter braised cod with roasted cauliflower, fried hazelnuts, Meyer lemon and radicchio grilled with tamarind. Bellemore, 564 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-667-0104.
 
Apogee at Dana Hotel & Spa is now open in Chicago River Northers head up to rooftop lounge Apogee at Dana Hotel & Spa for large format cocktails from the team at The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group. The bar specializes in drinks for four to six guests. From the Panda Party (Blackstrap Rum, Cognac, lime, ginger and absinthe garnished with dehydrated citrus, pineapple leaves, orange powder, mint powder and sesame seeds) to the Surtur (Rye, a five-year-aged dark rum, Falernum, lime, grapefruit and Demerara syrup accented with Manhattan marshmallow), expect plenty of drama and flavor. Apogee, Dana Hotel & Spa, 2 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-202-6000.
 

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CHICAGO RESTAURANT UPDATES

Gold Coast Steakhouse Debuts Esquire Champagne Room
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House gets even glitzier with the addition of an opulent Champagne experience: the Esquire Champagne Room, which debuted on New Year's Eve. The room specializes in decadent by-the-glass bubbles, including Krug Grand Cuvée, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Reims and Dom Pérignon Brut Épernay. Bites range from lamb lollipops to caviar service. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Esquire Theater, 58 E. Oak St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-888-2499.
 
What’s Next at Next
Chef Grant Achatz has announced the 2018 menus for Next Restaurant. "French: from Classique to Nouvelle" will be featured from January 20-April 1 and April 7-June 24, "Alinea 2005-2010" will be offered from June 30-September 30 and "Alinea 2011-2015" will be offered from October 6-January 13, 2019. Next Restaurant, 953 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-226-0858.
 



UPDATES ON CHICAGO CHEFS


Chefs Matthias Merges and Graham Elliot teamed up to open Gideon Sweet, a cocktail-forward concept. Gideon Sweet, 841 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-888-2258.
 


CHICAGO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Chicago to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. The Dining Room, R.I.P.

Haywood Tavern served its final meal on November 20 after a two-and-a-half-year run in Humboldt Park. The new establishment at the address, The Shelby, which focuses on beer and burgers, opened in December. Haywood Tavern, 2759 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago, IL 60622, no phone.
 
Grace restaurant in Chicago has closed In a stunner to the food world, Grace, considered one of Chicago's best restaurants, has closed following the announced exits of chef Curtis Duffy and general manager Michael Muser. The duo was reportedly in a dispute with owner Michael Olszewski. Duffy is working with his legal team to explore the possibility of opening another restaurant. Grace, 652 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-234-9494.
 

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