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December 2012 Archive

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Read about the openings, closings, chef shuffle, and special events in Chicago here. Gayot's Restaurant News has the information you want on the local restaurants in Chicago.  

CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

David Breo (Spiaggia, NoMI) has opened Gather in Lincoln Square, with Ken Carter (Charlie Trotter's, Cibo Matto) in the kitchen. Expect to break bread over brandade, short rib-stout chili, and apple fritters with spiced caramel glaze. Gather, 4539 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 773-506-9300.
 
Ryan Poli's Little Market Brasserie is open in The Talbott Hotel. Although it won't fully roll out until mid-January, you can officially score the likes of short rib poutine, semolina gnocchi with mushrooms and creamed spinach, and design-your-own "charged" cocktails from the Tippling Bros. Little Market Brasserie, The Talbott Hotel, 10 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-640-8141.
 
Shin Thompson and Matt Sussman chose Scott Manley (Vie, EL Ideas) to head the kitchen at now-open Table, Donkey and Stick. His menu includes a line-up of meat snacks (duck liver mousse), small plates (slow-cooked whitefish with white beans, Honeycrisps and radishes) and mains (braised oxtail with sweet potato dauphinoise, caramelized kale and pickled shallots). Table, Donkey and Stick, 2728 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-486-8525.
 
Juno is the name of the collaboration between Jason Chan (ex-Urban Union) and B.K. Park (formerly of Arami). It'll open by early February with a lineup of Japanese eats. Juno, 2638 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, no phone.
 
Stephanie Izard's Little Goat is open for business. It specializes in updated diner fare, including spaghetti n' clams and "Fat Elvis" waffles with bananas, peanut butter-butter and bacon maple syrup for breakfast, followed by a line-up of "sloppy goats," duck banh mi, and quail with sweet onion, bok choy and ranch. Little Goat, 820 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-888-3455.
 
Oiistar is an interesting newbie to check out. Sunny Yim's menu --- a mingling of Korean, Italian and French influences --- includes items like French onion-inspired kimchi soup. Oiistar, 1385 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-360-8791.
 
Kuma's Corner will open Kuma's Too in The Counter space in February. It'll be bigger than its predecessor, but it'll maintain the lauded menu and rocker edge. Kuma’s Too, 666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-472-2666.
 


News Bytes
What’s Next at Next
Chef Grant Achatz has announced the upcoming menus for Next Restaurant. The early 2013 menu is themed around "The Hunt" with dishes that might include venison heart tartare and bear jerky. A vegan menu will be created in May, followed by food inspired by the Bocuse d'Or cooking competition in September. Next Restaurant, 953 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607, http://www.nextrestaurant.com.
 

Chef Shuffle

Mathew Rice has left his position at Nightwood to helm the pastry program at Stephanie Izard's Girl & The Goat. Girl & The Goat, 809 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-492-6262.
 
We'd argue Scott Walton of Markethouse is one of the most underrated chefs in the city. Blame it on the tucked-away Doubletree Hotel location or generic, corporate-feeling dining room, but he never got the props he deserved. Now comes the news that he's leaving for an unnamed project, slotted for a spring opening. Markethouse, 611 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-224-2200.
 
Craig Schoettler (ex-The Aviary) is now overseeing the beverage program at Drumbar. Drumbar, Raffaello Hotel, 201 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-924-2531.
 
Andrew Brochu, who left his post at graham elliot, is now at Wicker Park's Uberstein. It's a surprise, for sure. We'll see how it plays out when he introduces his menu in January. Uberstein, 1745 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-252-6053.
 
Natalie Zarzour traveled through Italy after closing Pasticceria Natalina. Now, she's back and baking at Taxim. Taxim, 1558 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-252-1558.
 
Michelle Garcia (of much-discussed, now-deceased Bleeding Heart Bakery) popped up at E.Leaven, where she's prepping pies, flat bagel sandwiches and her already beloved scones. E.Leaven Food Company, 54 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-202-0899.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Hop Haus, a River North gastropub, will become a wee-hours Mercadito concept with Tavernita chef Ryan Poli and cocktails from the Tippling Bros. It doesn't have a name and won't open until summer, but let the buzz begin. Hop Haus, 646 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610, no phone.
 
After just a few short months, John Des Rosiers closed Moderno in Highland Park. He'll morph it into a farm-to-table American restaurant. Moderno, 1850 2nd St., Highland Park, IL 60035, no phone.
 
Lake Forest's Bank Lane Bistro closed its doors to make way for MH Fish House. Dominic Zumpano, from sibling Market House on the Square, oversees the seafood-centric kitchen. MH Fish House, 670 Bank Ln., Lake Forest, IL 60045, 847-234-8802.
 
Zealous served its last meal on December 31, 2012 After nearly 20 years of operation, Zealous in Chicago served its last meal on December 31, 2012. Chef Michael Taus cited rising rent costs for his decision not to renew the lease. At this time, there are no specific plans to re-open the restaurant in a new space. Early on in his culinary career, Taus worked in the kitchen at Charlie Trotter's, another iconic Chicago restaurant that closed in 2012. Zealous, 419 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60610, no phone.
 

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