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CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

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.
 


News Bytes
Weber Grill Celebrates Sweetest Day
Weber Grill Restaurants (River North, Schaumburg and Lombard) will celebrate Sweetest Day from October 16-18. On offer is a dinner for two, with the choice of a three-course surf ‘n’ turf menu or special à la carte items. Weber Grill Restaurant, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown, 539 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-467-9696.
 
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.
 
GAYOT Week Menu at Vie September 15-19
Vie is offering a special three-course menu to celebrate being chosen for GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list in the 2015 Annual Restaurant Issue. This GAYOT Week Menu, able from September 15-19, 2015, is priced at $55 plus tax and gratuity (additional $25 for optional wine pairings). The à la carte menu will also be available. The restaurant requests that diners mention that they will be dining for the GAYOT Week Menu when making reservations. Vie, 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558, 708-246-2082.
 
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.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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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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