Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Chef Eastwood's Olo Set for Late October

IN THE NEWS: The Tribune's Phil Vettel gives one star to Cooper's Hawk (15690 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park, 708-633-0200) and notes the planned late-October opening of chef Sean Eastwood's (late of Isabella's Estiatorio in Geneva) Olo (1152 W. Randolph St.), while Monica Eng's Cheap Eats gives two forks to the Ethiopian eatery Blue Nile (6118 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773-465-6710), and Trine Tsouderos has a first bite at Trattoria 225 (225 Harrison St., Oak Park; 708-358-8555). ... Eng has a first bite at Su-Ra (2257 W. North Ave.; 773-276-9450), while Vettel follows up that Hot Doug's (3324 N. California Ave., 773-279-9550) will reopen later than previously reported, more like mid-September, because of owner Doug Sohn's foot surgery. chicagotribune.com ... TimeOut Chicago reviews Otom (951 W Fulton Mkt 312-491-5804), and Table Fifty-Two (52 W Elm St, 312-573-4000) and notes the opening of Paramount Room (415 N Milwaukee Ave, 312-829-6300). timeout.com/chicago ... The Reader's Mike Sula reports on the Sept. 1 closing of chef John Bubala's Baccala in Wicker Park. ... The Reader reviews Mexx Kitchen at the Whiskey (1015 N. Rush, 312-475-0300), The Bluebird Bistro & Wine Bar (1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473), and CJ's Eatery (3839 W. Grand, 773-292-0990). chicagoreader.com ... The Sun-Times' Pat Bruno gives one star in reviewing Maijean (30 S. Prospect Clarendon Hills, 630-794-8900). suntimes.com ... In its September 2007 edition, Chicago magazine's Dennis Ray Wheaton also reviews Maijean as well as Viet Bistro (1346 W. Devon Ave., 773-465-5720), while Jill Rohde's Budget Beat visits the Peruvian spot Machu Picchu (3856 N. Ashland Ave., 773-472-0471). chicagomag.com ... The Oregonian reports that Alfred Peet, founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea, died Aug. 29 at his Ashland, Ore. home at age 87. Peet opened the original Peet's store on the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley, Calif. in 1966, and eventually added shops in Menlo Park, in Oakland and another in Berkeley across from the Claremont Hotel. Although he retired in 1983, Peet never fully gave up his passion in coffee. He continued to consult with coffee companies and was often known to drop by coffee stores and taste samples of coffee beans with its proprietors, his company said in a statement. oregonlive.com ... ChicagoBites.com visits Adesso (3332 N. Broadway). ... Gapers Block's Drive-Thru considers Julius Meinl and Shikago (190 South LaSalle). gapersblock.com/drivethru ... The Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy details Alinea chef/owner Grant Achatz's battle with tongue cancer. online.wsj.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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