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 NEW RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO 

Harbor made its debut in January in the South Loop Harbor made its debut in January in the South Loop, taking over the former Gioco space. Chef-partner Anthony Bernal (Mastro’s Steakhouse) creates a Great Lakes-inspired menu of fresh seafood, oven-fired pizza, and gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Look for pork poutine and lentil falafel. Charcuterie is taken seriously, too; there's a whole room devoted to curing meats in-house. Harbor, 1312 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, 312-736-1570.
 
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless partners with an unlikely group for his latest fast-casual eatery, Tortazo, at Catalog at Willis Tower: the Filipino multinational food service company Jollibee Corporation. Expect no Filipino food here, however. The lunch and dinner concept brings to life Bayless' love of Mexican fare with seasonal salads and soups, tortas, bowls and chilaquiles. The menu features local ingredients, including pork sourced from Indiana's Gunthorp Farms and stone-ground tortillas from El Milagro in Chicago. A full bar highlights fresh margaritas, mezcal cocktails, craft beer and wine. Tortazo, Catalog at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606, 312-962-7700.
 
The freshest catch on the Chicago riverfront? RPM Seafood, the latest offering from Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic. The multilevel restaurant is the third and final installment of a trifecta of food and beverage spots from the partners – Pizzeria Portofino and RPM Events are the others. The eatery takes advantage of its waterfront location with a 2,000-square-foot terrace, plus two other private terraces reserved for events. The space is reminiscent of Italian and French seaside towns with blond wood and light cream tones to maximize the open-air feel. Executive chef Bob Broskey (Beacon Tavern, Intro, L20) creates a menu of crudo and tartare, seafood towers, grilled seafood and seafood steaks, complemented by seafood-friendly wines of Burgundy (including famous Chablis houses dating back generations), Bordeaux, Super Tuscans and RPM Private Barrels. RPM Seafood, 317 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-900-9035.
 
River West's Milwaukee Avenue demonstrates quality over quantity, strengthened again by the opening of The Dandy Crown, a chic spot for cocktailing in the neighborhood. Driven by Sarah Syman, whose credits include stints at Drawing Room, Public Chicago hotel and Beatnik, the menu boasts classic cocktails, beer, cider and an edited list of European, South American and West Coast wines. The standalone, two-story building plays many parts – happy hour destination, date night place – with its fireplace, midcentury modern furniture and, naturally, images of kings and queens, a nod to the owner's English heritage. No food yet, but small bites could be coming in a few months. The Dandy Crown, 694 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, 312-846-6420.
 
Sharing dishes is dining at the newest spot in Fulton Market: tapas resto Boqueria. The 140-seater led by chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal presents a seasonal, rotating menu featuring local meats by Slagel Farms and bread from neighboring Publican Quality Bread (think pan con tomate and pulpo a la plancha). Open for lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch, the eatery celebrates the Spanish dining experience with a glowing tapas bar serving as a focal point. Sip on selections from an all-Spanish wine menu, or Spanish beer and local craft choices such as those created by Off Color Brewing. Boqueria, 807 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-257-3177.
 

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 CHICAGO FOOD EVENTS 

March 25, April 15 & May 20
Dinner and a movie, anyone? Le Sud, Roscoe Village's resident French-Mediterranean restaurant, hosts monthly movie night. “The Rules of the Game,” the French social satire, will be featured on March 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Soirée Cinema series includes a glass of wine and popcorn for $20, plus the option to order from the regular à la carte menu before, during or after the movie, which will be screened in the second-floor dining room. April's film is “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” on the 15th; May's film is “Playtime” on the 20th. Le Sud, 2301 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-857-1985.
 



  ONGOING EVENTS 

Ongoing
Le Colonial caters to time-crunched weekday diners in the Gold Coast with a two-course prix-fixe menu for $29. First-course options include pho, Hanoi beef noodle soup with seasoned oxtail broth, rice noodles, scallions, bean sprouts, cilantro and beef tenderloin; and bo bia, chilled vegetable rolls. For the main course, expect mi xao don chay, vegetable stir-fry with crispy egg noodles; cari ga, chicken curry laced with Miller Farms chicken breast and vegetables; and bun thit nuong, or barbecued pork. Le Colonial, 57 E. Oak St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-255-0088.
 
Ongoing
The Florentine's “buy a beer or cocktail, get a free pizza” offer is one of the best happy hour deals in the Loop. And now the Italian restaurant sweetens it with $5, $10 and $20 drink specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cheers to draft beer for $5, quartinos for $10 and $20 Italian punch bowls. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the bar. The Florentine, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60604, 312-660-8866.
 



 NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Gene & Georgetti Targets Spring 2020 Reopening
Iconic steakhouse Gene & Georgetti is targeting a spring 2020 reopening following its 2019 kitchen fire. Leading the rebirth will be Michelle Durpetti, daughter of longtime owner Tony Durpetti, a member of the third generation who grew up watching her father for decades. The restaurant will introduce new menu items, refurbished interiors and revamped branding during the relaunch. Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-527-3718.
 
Food & Drink Specials at The Florentine
The Florentine's “buy a beer or cocktail, get a free pizza” offer is one of the best happy hour deals in the Loop. And now the Italian restaurant sweetens it with $5, $10 and $20 drink specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cheers to draft beer for $5, quartinos for $10 and $20 Italian punch bowls. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the bar. The Florentine, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60604, 312-660-8866.
 
DineAmic Hospitality Expands into Fulton Market
DineAmic Hospitality, the restaurant group that brought Chicago Siena Tavern, Barrio and Prime & Provisions, is planning a new, yet-to-be-named Greek concept in Fulton Market. Aiming for a fall 2020 launch, the restaurant will showcase fresh seafood, sustainable proteins and vegetables prepped on a wood and charcoal burning hearth. The 8,000-square-foot space will also reminisce of the Mediterranean with its sand-colored hues, wraparound porch and floor-to-ceiling windows.
 



 UPDATES ON CHICAGO CHEFS 

Spiaggia, the long-held standard for Italian food in Chicago, ushers in another era with Midwesterner Eric Lees following Top Chef winner Joe Flamm as executive chef. Lees trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis and flourished under chef Mathias Merges’ teams for his restaurants A10 and Yusho. Lees joined owner/partner Tony Mantuano during his annual pilgrimage to Italy this fall, a trip which deepened his awareness for classic cuisine. Spiaggia, One Magnificent Mile, 2nd Floor, 980 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-280-2750.
 



 CHICAGO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS 

Benny's Chop House has shuttered after a decade in business. Benny's Chop House, 444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, no phone.
 



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