Former Spiaggia chef Sarah Grueneberg is working on her first restaurant, Monteverde, with a menu highlighting her signature homemade pasta creations. Monteverde, 1020 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.
Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard plans to open Duck Duck Goat with a menu of Peking duck, dumplings and noodles. Duck Duck Goat, 857 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-492-6262.
Maple & Ash competes with other newbie steakhouses opening recently, this time in Gold Coast’s “Viagra Triangle” with an open kitchen surrounding a massive, wood-burning grill. Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-944-8888.
Prolific restauranteur Brendan Sodikoff opened the swanky RH Chicago Three Arts Club Café at Restoration Hardware’s new store inside the 100-plus year old Three Arts Club of Chicago building in the Gold Coast, combining coffee shop, brunch-lunch-dinner restaurant and wine bar on the airy first floor. RH Chicago Three Arts Club Café, 1300 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-475-9116.
Successful Canadian chain Earls Kitchen + Bar opened its first Chicago location alongside Yard House in the new lifestyle center near Clybourn and North Avenues in Lincoln Park. Earls Kitchen + Bar, 1538 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-929-3952.
The first Chicago location for Yard House opened in the new lifestyle center near the Clybourn/North Avenue intersection in Lincoln Park with the go-to menu of pub food and craft beers. Yard House, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-951-7317.
Sexy steakhouse STK, part of the New York-based The ONE Group, has opened in River North. This is the tenth STK outpost, and like the others, it offers a club-like setting with live DJs, dressed-up diners, drinks and gourmet bites developed by The ONE Group chef Aaron Taylor. Dinner nightly. STK, Museum of Broadcast Communications, 9 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-340-5636.
Craig Sindelar (Alinea) and Michael Carroll plan to open a “culinary brewhouse” called Band of Bohemia in the Ravenswood corridor. Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640, no phone.
The owners of Farmhouse will open scaled-down sibling Farm Bar in 2015 in the Lakeview neighborhood. The menu will offer small plates, burgers and salads paired with craft Midwestern beer, wine and cider. Farm Bar, 1300 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, no phone.
Lettuce Entertain You plans to open a second Beatrix location, this one in Streeterville. There’s no word yet if this branch will also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with many healthy options. Beatrix, 671 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611, no phone.
Chris Pandel of Balena will helm the kitchen at the new Swift & Sons, a modern steakhouse by the Boka Restaurant Group opening soon in the West Loop. Swift & Sons, 1000 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.
The brains behind Umami Burger have opened 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, a build-your-own pie concept, in Evanston. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, 812 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201, 224-307-2803.
Cantina 1910 opened in Andersonville with a regional Mexican menu developed by Diana Dávila, who is a strong supporter of local farms. Cantina 1910, 5025 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640, 773-506-1910.
Lowcountry in Wrigleyville is a casual seafood restaurant with picnic tables and late-night flip-cup and beer pong tournaments at the bar. Lowcountry, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-996-9997.
Shake Shack has opened its third Chicago-area outpost at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie with a menu featuring the same lineup of burgers and fries, along with a new frozen custard selection. Shake Shack, Westfield Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 60077, 847-380-1240.
Labriola Bakery founder Rich Labriola and Chris Macchia have opened Pizza Barra in Oak Brook. The casual eatery serves wood-fired pies along with salads and other Italian-inspired eats. Pizza Barra, 3011 Butterfield Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523, 630-861-6177.
Latinicity, a Latin American market, will debut at Block 37 in the Loop in 2015. The 20,000-square-foot, food court-like space will feature at least 12 food stands and a full-service tapas restaurant with a menu developed in part by Jose Garces. Latinicity, Block 37, 108 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60602, no phone.
Lou Malnati’s Marc Malnati and Kamehachi owner Giulia Sindler have opened Buzz Bait Taqueria, a 30-seat, fast-casual fish taco and beer concept in Old Town. Lunch & Dinner daily. Buzz Bait Taqueria, 1529 North Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-111-2222.
Mara Baer and Manuel Moreno will open The Spanish Square, a European marketplace and restaurant, in Lakeview. While the market will sell jamón Ibérico, cheeses, wine and other specialty items, the restaurant’s menu will focus on inventive tapas.
Cruz Blanca will be the latest project from chef Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, XOCO, Frontera Grill). This brewery will include a tasting room, a growler program and food service. Cruz Blanca, 900 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.
Boka Restaurant Group will open GT Prime, a meat-centric sister restaurant to GT Fish & Oyster. Look for an early 2016 debut. GT Prime, 707 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654, no phone.
ZED451 Debuts Happy Hour Menu
ZED451 debuted an all-new happy hour menu Monday-Friday from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Highlights include flatbreads, Moroccan chicken, tacos and more. ZED451, 739 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-266-6691.
Dolce Italian Launches Brunch and Weekday Lunch Prix-Fixe
Dolce Italian in The Godfrey Hotel recently launched a weekend brunch service and an endless Bloody Mary/champagne Bubbles Package ($19), Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., along with an Expresso prix-fixe lunch for budget-minded, quick workweek lunches. Dolce Italian, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-754-0700.
Lincoln Park’s Balena Now Serves Brunch
Balena, located across from the Steppenwolf Theatre in Lincoln Park, now serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Look for items like burrata on toast with seasonal fruit conserva; frittata with giardiniera; a porchetta sandwich with avocado, tomato jam and fried egg; and brunch-friendly pizzas. Balena, 1633 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 312-867-3888 .
What’s Next at Next
Chef Grant Achatz has announced the upcoming menus for Next Restaurant. "Terroir" will be offered September 12-December 31, 2015, for $295-$355 per person, inclusive of all wine and food. Next Restaurant, 953 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-226-0858.
New Specials at The Izakaya at Momotaro and Nellcôte
Since the passing of the Happy Hour bill in Illinois, many restaurants have introduced specials around the 5 p.m., after-work time, including two in the West Loop neighborhood. The Izakaya at Momotaro, 820 W. Lake St., offers two courses for $19 or three for $23, including corned Wagyu beef tongue and simmering Asari clams. The price includes a Tiger beer and a flavored shochu shot. Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph St., offers any pizza (margherita, lamb merguez) and domestic beer for $10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wed.-Sun.
Craig Degel has taken over the kitchen at Ceres’ Table, replacing original chef Giuseppe Scurato, who will stay on board as a consulting chef. Ceres' Table, 3124 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, 773-922-4020.
Carriage House will reconcept as CH Bar + Provisions with a more relaxed menu of Southern-inspired eats by chef/owner Mark Steuer, plus classic cocktails. Carriage House, 1700 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622, no phone.
River North’s Japonais by Morimoto closed in October 2015. Only a short time ago, it had experienced a full revival. Japonais by Morimoto, 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60610, no phone.
Cyrano's Farm Kitchen has closed. Cyrano's Farm Kitchen, 546 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610, no phone.
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