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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

Looking for a place to hang out? Put The Publican on your short list (everyone else has). Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Avec Restaurant & Wine Bar)---along with Donnie Madia (Blackbird, Avec Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sonotheque) and Terry Alexander (Sonotheque, The Violet Hour, Mia Francesca)---is the brains behind this Warehouse District haunt with a changing seafood and meat-heavy menu and a setting that's beer hall-inspired. Among the finds are smoked Rushing Waters trout with candied bacon, snow peas, crème fraîche and lovage as well as a charcuterie platter with crispy-skinned pork belly, country-style terrine and Morteau sausage with house pickles. Ton of craft beers complete the experience. The Publican, 845 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60647, 312-733-9555.
 
Get in line and grab a seat at Chris Pandel's pork-minded The Bristol, a Wicker Park bar with an artisanal bent. Pandel partnered with John Ross (One sixtyblue) and Phillip Walters (N9ne Steakhouse) to turn out seasonal dishes like heirloom apple, celery root and Manchego salad and grilled salmon with garlic-almond sauce and green grapes. The Bristol, 2152 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-862-5555.
 
Tallulah owner Matt Fisher is on a roll. Now, he's got Eve in the former site of Flapjaws. Expect an elegantly approachable menu designed by Tallulah chef Troy Graves. Eve, 840 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 773- 942-7585.
 
The Lombard area invasion moves onward. Next up, Labriola Bakery Café & Neapolitan Pizzeria, from the owner of Labriola Breads. The spot, which will open in Oak Brook Promenade in November, will prep plenty of its famous breads, while serving light bites like wood-fired pizza and salads. Labriola Bakery Café & Neapolitan Pizzeria, 3021 Butterfield Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523, 630-574-2008.
 
Randy Zweiban (ex-Nacional 27) has made a splash with the opening of his solo venture, Province. The contemporary American restaurant---infused with Spanish and South American flavor---is farm-focused and seasonally inspired. And if dishes like "pounded and crumbled" chicken breast with grilled leeks and orange mojo aren't enough to rope you in, perhaps the gold LEED-certified building it's housed in will do the trick. Province, 161 N. Jefferson St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-669-9900.
 
Fans of street food will feel at home at soon-to-open Mantou Noodles Bar, where brothy noodle bowls, curries and bao make for good snacking. Mantou Noodles Bar, 1633 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-772-8688.
 
Deleece Grill Pub Deleece owners Lynne Wallack and husband John Handler closed Shochu---the short-lived Asian small-plates and shochu lounge---and reopened it as Deleece Grill Pub. Now, steaks and chops bolster a menu of salads and sandwiches. It also serves a brunch menu akin to its sister restaurant. Deleece Grill Pub, 3313 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-348-3313.
 
More is open and for all intents and purposes its name says it all: folks are lining up for seconds on the number with fig, blue cheese and port with sweet onion frosting. Gale Gale (TRU) helped create some of the treats; Henry Adaniya (Trio, Trio Atelier) had a hand in the biz plan. More, 1 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-951-0001.
 


News Bytes
Chicago's Next Top Chef?
Cincinnati native Radhika Desai, executive chef of Between Boutique Café & Lounge, will appear on season five of "Top Chef." The series, which will debut on Bravo on November 12, will take place in New York. Between Boutique Café & Lounge, 1324 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, 773-292-0585.
 
Disappearing Act
Many were awaiting the reopening of the (supposedly haunted) Red Lion Pub this fall, but there has been a change of plans. It's expected to be torn down, rebuilt (this time, green) and reappear sometime late next year with a rustic English-French-inspired menu. The Red Lion Pub, 2446 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, no phone.
 
Empire Building
Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand have separated from Mid-America Development's Cenitare Restaurants with the intention of expanding the Osteria di Tramonto and Tramonto's Steak & Seafood empire. It's unclear, however, if the restaurants will remain intact (they are for now) or will need to be tweaked.
 

Chef Shuffle

Martial Noguier may have left One sixtyblue, but his replacement, Michael McDonald, is more than qualified. He comes by way of Charlie Trotter's Restaurant Charlie at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas and the One&Only Palmilla hotel in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. One sixtyblue, 160 N. Loomis St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-850-0303.
 
Bill Kim (Soul, Urbanbelly) has left his post at Le Lan to focus on his newest ventures. Taking his place is Chad Sterling, who moved into the role with a Kim-crafted fall menu already in place. Le Lan, 749 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-280-9100.
 


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.

Avenue M, the luxe River North lounge, has shuttered. Avenue M, 695 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, no phone.
 
Brasserie Ruhlmann's voicemail says it's closed until further notice. It's unclear if it will actually reopen. Meanwhile, you can always head to nearby Japonais, which is from the same owners.
 

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