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DINING Lawry's deal, Revival Social Club closes, Walton to open
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-06-26

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—Through June 30, Lawry's the Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario St., is offering $80 steak dinners for two people in honor of the restaurant's 80th anniversary on June 15. The dinner include the original spinning bowl salad, a choice of either California cut prime ribs of beef with mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding or Atlantic salmon filet with seasonal vegetables, and petite English trifle for dessert.

—Revival Social Club, 1133 W. Granville Ave., closed June 23. According to a Facebook post from owner Alan Stoll, the spot closed "its doors ... to make way for a new restaurant concept under new ownership." There were specials last week, with a closing party on Saturday.

—Ballyhoo Hospitality's Walton Street Kitchen + Bar is slated to open later this summer in the Gold Coast at 912 N. State St. There are familiar favorites found throughout the lunch, dinner and weekend brunch offerings from Executive Chef Jon Keeley and Executive Pastry Chef Ji Yoon. For example, the weekend brunch menu will offer sweet and savory items with dishes such as corned-beef hash Benedict, tortilla espanola with manchego cheese and romesco sauce, and coffee-cake French toast with blueberry compote and Chantilly cream. See WaltonStreetChicago.com .

— Furious Spoon has launched its latest location at Wells St. Market, the new elevated food hall in Chicago's Loop at 205 W. Wacker Dr. Chef Shin Thompson brings the Tokyo-style ramen concept to the market, offering its signature bowls such as the Chicken Dumpling Shio Ramen, Shoyu Ramen and Furious Ramen, among rice bowls, side dishes and pick-your-own topping options.

—Italian Village Restaurants, 71 W. Monroe St., has introduced a fruity line of Aperol spritzes. Handcrafted by Beverage Director Jared Gelband and incorporating wine from the 25,000+ bottle collection in the Cellar in the Sky, the spritz offerings include flavors such as: watermelon, black cherry, pineapple, raspberry and original.

—For the Fourth of July, Stan's Donuts will release the Bomb Pop Donut, a buttermilk bar striped in red, white and blue—a red cherry-flavored glaze, a white lemon-flavored glaze and a blue raspberry-flavored glaze. It will be available from Friday, June 29 through Wed., July 4.

—Kendall College Trust has announced the launch of its 2018 Summer Culinary Camp, offering opportunities for Chicago's underserved youth. In its third year, KCT's summer camp introduces culinary skills to high school students in impoverished areas of Chicago, sparking interest in future careers. Catherine De Orio ( also the current host of Check, Please! ) helms the trust. The advanced course is July 16-20; see kendallcollegetrust.org .

—On July 2-Sept. 28, The Duck Inn Dogs pop-up at Revival Food Hall, 125 S. Clark St., will offer playful variations on its famed Duck Fat Hot Dog, made with all-natural beef and duck fat in a hog casing. The dogs will include The Original, Frankenduckie, K-pop, chili cheese dog and the corn dog elote. Other items will include The Double Beast burger; fried cheese curds with Bloody mary ketchup and hoppy mayo; and the Crouching Turtle Cupcake Sundae, with miso butterscotch, fudge and pretzels. See RevivalFoodHall.com .

—Moody Tongue Brewing Company, 2136 S. Peoria St., has announced its newest beer: Frozen Banana Hefeweizen, a German-style wheat beer traditionally enjoyed during summer. The Hefeweizen will be on draft in the Tasting Room beginning Wed., June 27, and at Chicago-area restaurants and bars the first week in July; national distribution will follow in the coming weeks.

—On July 1-8, rooftop spot Noyane, 101 E. Erie St., is offering a special red, white and blue snowball dessert. It's features strawberry syrup infused with rum, condensed milk and blue curacao. See http://www.noyane.com/.

—On National Fried Chicken Day ( July 6 ), Oak Lawn's Fry the Coop, 5128 W. 95th St., is urging people to try its Nashville hot chicken. The simple, cooked-to-order menu has five heat settings—from "country" ( no heat ) to "crazy." Items include the classic Nashville Fried Chicken Sandwich ( $8.50 ), the chicken & waffles ( $14 ) and the donut fried chicken sandwich ( $8 ). See https://www.frythecoop.com/.

—River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., is hosting a four-course 5 Rabbit Beer Dinner on Monday, July 9, at 6 p.m. Course items will include shrimp cocktail, mojo fried snapper, al pastor pork shank and tres leches cake. Admission is $60/person; visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-rabbit-beer-dinner-tickets-47124198747.

—On Friday, July 13, Maillard Tavern will offer a special with its duck-fat Norwis potato fries. In celebration of the burger's side( kick ), Maillard Tavern is celebrating National Fry Day with shaved black-truffle fries for $5. See https://www.maillardtavern.com/.

—Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., will celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14. Chef Dominique Tougne has created two special menus offering a different experience, one for each side of the revolution: French royalty and the people. The "King's Menu" or "Menu Versailles" ( $49/person ) features items like a lobster bisque "royale" with clams, and "royal" chocolate cake; the "Peasant Menu" or "Menu Bastille" ( $29/person ) features classic French dishes like coq au vin and bread pudding. See ChezMoiChicago.com .

—Cochon Volant Brasserie, 100 W. Monroe St., will feature a variety of specials in celebration of Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14. Specials include $10 glasses of select French sparkling wines, $5 chartreuse shots, $1 oysters and $15 steak tartare. The specials are available all day, while supplies last.

—The first wave of restaurants has been announced for Taste of River North, which will take place July 20-22 at Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St. Some of the restaurants will include Da Lobsta, Bar Cargo, Texican and Ruth's Chris Steak House. There will also be music, the Wine & Art Walk, the Lurie's Kids Zone and a morning workout. See TasteOfRiverNorth.com .

—The Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave., is hosting its first-ever rose brunch on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Brunchgoers can imbibe rose from Moet & Chandon, Erath Winery, Charles Smith Band of Roses, and Smoke Tree Wines while enjoying a gourmet brunch buffet ( with items such as artichoke beignets and baby lamb chops ). Tickets are $95 per person ( inclusive of tax and gratuity ) and include hors d'oeuvres, five different roses, an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet—and a signature gift bag; call 312-280-0472.

—Delightful Pastries, 5927 W. Lawrence Ave., is offering a gluten-free baking class Saturday, Sept. 8, 12-2 p.m. Students will learn to make two types of fluten-free cookies, panna cotta and chocolate cremeux. Also, the chef will show how to take one simple recipe and create variations of it. The class is $75/student; email Info@DelightfulPastries.com or call 773-545-7215.

—Lawry's The Prime Rib is teaming with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to offer a Sunset River Cruise packag that involves one-stop shopping, dinner and a display of the city's architecture. The Sunset Cruise runs seven days a week through Oct. 5 and begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive ( lasting roughly 75 minutes ). The meal features Lawry's classics like the spinning bowl salad, California-cut prime rib with mashed potatoes and gravy, Yorkshire pudding and a mini-CC Brown's hot-fudge sundae. Pricing is $62-$119/person.

—Lincoln Park's Gemini will get a big brother of sorts with the opening of the Gold Coast's Walton Street Kitchen + Bar from husband-and-wife veteran restaurateurs Ryan and Anna O'Donnell. Located at 912 N. State St.—inside No. 9 Walton, a new luxury condo tower at the corner of State and Walton streets—the two-level spot will spotlight American-leaning fare.

—Berwyn's City Barbeque, 7108 Cermak Rd., has partnered with Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry to donate the restaurant's daily surplus food to feed those in need in the community rather than see the food go to waste. City Barbeque Berwyn is also committed to hosting weekly local fundraisers and has partnered with a wide variety of local charities in the community every week, with a goal of at least one per week. See citybbq.com .

—Bobby, Augie and Tim Arifi, owners of Bobby's Restaurants Group ( Bobby's Deerfield and Cafe Lucci in Glenview ), will open their second Bobby's restaurant location in in the new Elevate building, 2518 N. Lincoln Ave., early this fall. The American bistro will feature a similar creative menu as the Deerfield hotspot along with craft cocktails, exclusive barrel-aged whiskey and an extensive wine collection. See http://www.bobbysrestaurants.com/.

Send items to Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com, or follow on Twitter @Azygous60610 or on Instagram at azygous333.


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