Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Closes Doors

IN THE NEWS: Chicago magazine Dish columnists Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby note the opening of Asian fusion spot Thalia (833 W. Chicago Ave., 312-226-6020) and report: Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe (1701 Maple St., Evanston) unexpectedly shuttered its doors on Sept. 16, while Delicioso y Sabroso Grill, Geno Bahena’s two-pronged Mexican restaurante just off the Skyway (10468 S. Indianapolis Blvd.), opened in May and closed last week after the sale of the building. ... Dish also chats with Dave Wolfgram, 49, CEO of San Francisco–based bakery Boudin SF, which opens in west suburban Lombard (348 Yorktown Center) on Oct. 9. chicagomag.com ... Joe King, a partner at Le Colonial (937 N. Rush St.; 312-255-0088), is working on King Cafe Gourmet & Go, which is taking over the former Corner Bakery space at 900 North Michigan Avenue. ... ChicagoBites.com reviews Tizi Melloul (531 North Wells). ...

The Tribune's Phil Vettel awards three stars to Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920), while Monica Eng reviews Curio Cafe (3400 N. Lawndale Ave., 773-463-2233, www.curiocafe.net). ... Glenn Jeffers and Trine Tsouderos takes a first bite at the new Bluebird Bistro & Wine Bar (1749 N. Damen Ave.; 773-486-2473) and Trine Tsouderos takes a first bite at The Reagle Beagle (160 E. Grand Ave.; 312-755-9645, www.reaglebeaglechicago.com). ... Vettel reports good news for chef Grant Achatz (Alinia), whose battle with oral cancer has become a coast-to-coast story. Doctors say the primary tumor, located on the chef's tongue (there has been, and continues to be, fear that the surgical removal of part or most of the tongue might be necessary eventually), has shrunk by 75 percent. This based on chemotherapy alone, and not the combination of chemo and radiation treatment that's just now getting underway. ... Vettel also reports the Sept. 18 shutdown of Bice Chicago Ristorante (158 E. Ontario St.) by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Inspectors reported a cockroach infestation in the two kitchens and a fruit-fly infestation in the bar area, among other citations. Bice remains closed pending re-inspection. ... Kevin Pang raves about the roast beef and bacon sandwich at Perry's Deli (174 N. Franklin St., 312-372-7557) and also visits Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop (2070 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-404-3475). chicagotribune.com ...

TimeOut Chicago's Heather Shouse gives two stars to Rosebud Prime (1 S Dearborn St, 312-384-1900) and four stars to Korean eatery Su-Ra (2257 W North Ave, 773-276-9450), and also notes the opening of Macello (1235 W Lake St, 312-850-9870). ... David Tamarkin notes the opening of Reggie’s Music Joint (2105 S State St, 312-949-0125). timeout.com/chicago ... The Sun-Times' Pat Bruno recounts the most notable closings (Ambria, Le Francais) and openings in the Chicago area thus far in 2007. And while doling out birthday wishes to Twin Anchors on North Sedgwick (75 years), Charlie Trotter's (20 years), and Le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights (35 years), he lists his hot spots of the moment: The Gage (24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243), Sepia, Table Fifty-Two (52 W. Elm, 312-573-4000), Maijean (30 S. Prospect, Clarendon Hills, 630-794-8900), Anteprima (5316 N. Clark, 773-506-9990), Room 21 (2110 S. Wabash, 312-328-1198), Gloria's Cafe (3300 W. Fullerton, 773-342-1050), Boka (1729 N. Halsted, 312-337-6070), and Quartino (626 N. State, 312-698-5000). suntimes.com ... The Reader rounds up what's new, including Exposure Tapas Supper Club (1315 S. Wabash, 312-662-1082). chicagoreader.com ... Menu Pages notes the opening of Pannenkoeken Cafe. blogs.menupages.com/chicago ... Metroblogging Chicago visits Gene & Georgetti steakhouse. chicago.metblogs.com ... GapersBlock.com's Drive-Thru visits coffeehouse Sweet Bean and More (1855 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773-857-3100), Star Lounge CafĂ© (2521 W Chicago Ave. 773- 384-7827), and The Gage. ... LA-based blogger The Delicious Life raves about Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (1.800.LOU.TO.GO, www.loumalnatis.com). thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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