Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Bleeding Heart Bakery on the Move

IN THE NEWS: Chicago magazine's Dish column takes a first look at Nazarlik (1650 W. Belmont Ave), Caoba (1619 N. Damen Ave), Trattoria Trullo (4767 N. Lincoln Ave), Nine Fish (2426 Main St., Evanston), Blu Restaurant and Sushi Lounge (1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston), Chaise Lounge (1840 W. North Ave), Shikago (190 S. LaSalle St), and Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St). ... Dish also notes, On Aug. 31, The Bleeding Heart Bakery (2018 W. Chicago Ave.), a certified organic bakery serving vegetarian and vegan fare, will close and shift the operation to 1955 West Belmont Avenue, where management expects to reopen early September. ... Closed: Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe (100 S. Wacker Dr.; 1622 Sherman, Evanston) ... Opened: Cy Oldham (Silver Cloud) and Howard Natinksy (Five Star) have teamed up for Fat Cat (4840 N. Broadway), a neighborhood bar featuring comfort food. ... La Pomme Rouge (108 W. Kinzie St.), featuring American contemporary small plates, opened quietly in mid-June. ... Milk & Honey Bake Shop (1543 N. Damen Ave.), a spin-off of the original cafĂ©, specializes in coffee and panini. ... Via Carducci La Sorella (1928 W. Division St.) opened on July 16. ... Dish interviews Jose Garces, a 35-year-old Chicago-born Kendall grad who owns two highly acclaimed restaurants in Philadelphia: Amada, an Andalusian tapas bar, and Tinto, a Basque-inspired wine bar. And he’s about to launch Chilango, a high-energy Mexican spot in Philly, and plans to open Mercat early next year in the renovated Blackstone Hotel at 600 South Michigan Avenue). chicagomag.com ... TimeOut Chicago rounds up dive bars, reviews Chaise Lounge and V.I.C.E. (840 W Randolph St), and notes the openings of Il Fiasco (5101 N Clark St), Otom (951 W Fulton Mkt) and The Bluebird (1749 N Damen Ave). ... The mag also blogs about the spiked milkshakes at the new bar Relax (1450 W Chicago Ave). timeout.com/chicago. ... ChicagoBusiness.com reports, "Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. is opening a third Wow Bao restaurant at the northwest corner of State and Lake Streets in the Renaissance Hotel. Wow Bao, a quick-casual concept that specializes in steamed Chinese-style buns filled with meats and vegetables, opened its first location at Water Tower Place in 2003 and a second in the southern Loop at Van Buren Street and Financial Place in February." ...

The Trib's Phil Vettel reports, "Kizoku (358 W. Ontario St.), the restaurant that gave Chicago "body sushi" (sushi pieces served atop a supine, scantily clad model) is no more, but the west edge of River North won't go without dragon maki for very long. Coming to the space in another week or two will be Ai Sushi Lounge (not to be confused with Sushi Ai in Palatine), a sushi spot by Agnes Yoshikawa, Eugene Chan and chef Toyoji Hemmi, the trio responsible for Tsuki and Ringo in Lincoln Park. ... Vettel also reports, "Word that a new Melman restaurant is aiming for a Spring 2008 opening at the corner of Hubbard and Dearborn Streets might not seem terribly eyebrow-raising; Rich Melman opens new Lettuce Entertain You restaurants all the time. But we're not talking about Rich Melman. The principals of this project, to be called Hub 51, are R.J. and Jerrod Melman. Rich's sons. The boys -- ages 28 and 24, respectively -- have more going for them than mere genetic predisposition. R.J. is the general manager at R.J. Grunt's (Daddy's very first restaurant), and Jerrod is the number-two manager at Osteria Via Stato, both Lettuce concepts. (It's not settled whether Hub 51 will be part of Lettuce or a separate division.)" ... Joe Gray blogs about a first visit to Il Fiasco. ... Monica Eng looks at carryout at Sola (3868 N. Lincoln Ave.; www.sola-restaurant.com) and Trader Joe's (3745 N. Lincoln Ave.; www.traderjoes.com) ... Kevin Pang has a progressive feast at Bolingbrook restaurants. chicagotribune.com ... Chicagoist.com reviews Art of Pizza (3033 N. Ashland), La Cantina Grill (1911 S. Michigan Ave.), and Martini Park (151 W. Erie St.). ... ... GapersBlock.com reviews M. Henry. ... The Sun-Times' Pat Bruno awards three stars to Park Grill (11 N. Michigan) and stops by Kamehachi Sushi Cafe (311 S. Wacker), while Thomas Witom reviews Chef's Station (915 Davis, Evanston) and Harbour House Restaurant (566 Chestnut, Winnetka). suntimes.com ... The Reader's Nicholas Day looks at the kitchen changes at Blackbird (619 W. Randolph). chicagoreader.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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