Jeni’s Ice Cream Fans Can Start Lining Up at New Old Town Store Next...

The new Wells Street location will be the popular chain’s fifth in Chicago Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is taking over the former Doodle’s Doughnuts space in Old Town for the uber-popular chain’s fifth Chicago location. Expect long lines of customers to start before the July 4 holiday, as that’s the target timeframe to open at 1419 N. Wells St., according to a Jeni’s rep. The signage and Facebook page have been up for a few weeks and crews were on hand on Friday morning to clear out the remains of Doodle’s, the former doughnut shop that abruptly closed in September. Jeni’s seems intent on conquering nearly all of Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods. The Ohio-based company, led by Beard-award cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer, opened its first Chicago shop in September 2013 on Southport in Lakeview. The chain followed up with openings in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park. Bauer should return to Chicago later this month as Jeni’s is poised to open its fourth location in the West Loop at 911-9..

Underground Wonder Bar Owner Says its Really Closing, Deep-Dish Coming to United Flights, More...

Plus, a new app for free food comes to town —The owner of quirky longtime late-night bar and music venue Underground Wonder Bar says its finally closing — and swears that this time it’s for real. A Facebook post announces that Sept. 3 will be its last day in business at 710 N. Clark St. But there’s reason to be skeptical that this is truly the end, as ownership had previously announced its demise multiple times — including this past January — and is still around. Stay tuned. —Would you eat Chicago-style deep-dish pizza as airline food? United passengers will get that chance beginning in July as the Chicago-based airline will serve Uno’s pizzas on flights that begin in the United States and last more than 3 1⁄2 hours, the Tribune reports. The pies, which will only be available in one variety (spinach and cheese), cost $9.99 and are part of the airline’s revamped food menu that will be available starting July 1. —Brickhouse, the new restaurant and bar just outside Wrigley Field that w..

Underground Wonder Bar Owner Says it’s Really Closing, Deep-Dish Coming to United Flights, More...

Plus, a new app for free food comes to town —The owner of quirky longtime late-night bar and music venue Underground Wonder Bar says its finally closing — and swears that this time it’s for real. A Facebook post announces that Sept. 3 will be its last day in business at 710 N. Clark St. But there’s reason to be skeptical that this is truly the end, as ownership had previously announced its demise multiple times — including this past January — and is still around. Stay tuned. —Would you eat Chicago-style deep-dish pizza as airline food? United passengers will get that chance beginning in July as the Chicago-based airline will serve Uno’s pizzas on flights that begin in the United States and last more than 3 1⁄2 hours, the Tribune reports. The pies, which will only be available in one variety (spinach and cheese), cost $9.99 and are part of the airline’s revamped food menu that will be available starting July 1. —Brickhouse, the new restaurant and bar just outside Wrigley Field that w..

Blue Door Farm Stand is Really Reopening on Friday in Lincoln Park

It morphed into a two-floor all-day bar/cafe Two years after closing for remodeling and a series of false starts, Blue Door Farm Stand will finally reopen on Friday in Lincoln Park. It’s now a two-story restaurant near Halsted and Armitage with gourmet sandwiches, soups, and even pho. The space at 2010 N. Halsted St. also includes two bars with draft craft beer and five signature cocktails. It’s giving the area an all-day bar and cafe. Cold-pressed juices and Intelligentsia coffee will be on hand for morning commuters. “We didn’t even know that we’d be doing that when we came in,” said Gabe Garza of Blue Door’s parent company, Ideology Entertainment. Blue Door has a cult following, mostly due to the popularity of its Brussel sprout and kale salad. The 4,000-square-foot space will cater to a variety of types as it’s part coffee shop, part bar, and part restaurant. That’s why the first floor will feature both counter and table service for guests. The second floor will focus on table s..

Alpana Singh Finds a Replacement for Beard-Nominated Tanya Baker at Boarding House

AMK’s Phil Rubino started this week Alpana Singh has found a replacement for chef Tanya Baker, the James Beard Award finalist who left Singh’s Boarding House earlier this year. Phil Rubino—a 2013 Banchet Rising Star Chef award nominee who was most recently the collaborator for AMK Restaurant Group (AMK Kitchen & Bar, Nosh & Booze)—has filled the position. Rubino’s resume includes stints in several notable Chicago kitchens including Spiaggia, Bin 36, Cicchetti, and Dusek’s. Rubino met Singh, the former Check, Please! host, years ago and developed a friendship. He started the new job three days ago and said he’ll begin adding new items next week. Rubino expects it will take two to three weeks to overhaul the current menu. Provided Phil Rubino Boarding House was an attractive job for him because he says that Singh doesn’t restrict chefs very much. Pairing food with wine is important, as Boarding House focuses on the latter, but Rubino said he has freedom. Forthcoming menu items include..

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, June 2017

Behold the 20 hottest brunch restaurants in Chicago Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we're here to give it all the attention it deserves. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long week, everyone should kick back and relax over an omelet and Bloody Mary. So don't ruin the weekend by making the wrong choice. Nobody likes soggy bacon. This month's additions include West Loop wine bar The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet, the elegant Maple & Ash, and LondonHouse for rooftop action. They join a growing number of restaurants dedicated to making their midday options as equally important as dinner service. Sure, you can order a McMuffin at all hours of the day but why settle? Start Sunday Funday off right and get your eggs (and much more) on at these red-hot restaurants.

The Ace Hotel’s Restaurant Is Named City Mouse and Will Debut July 1

Caitlin Laman, formerly of Mezcaleria Las Flores, will be the beverage director for the follow-up to Giant The follow-up to Giant, Jason Vincent’s highly-acclaimed Logan Square restaurant, now has a name inside the forthcoming Ace Hotel in Fulton Market. It’s called City Mouse and Vincent and chef Pat Sheerin’s new restaurant will debut with brunch service when the hotel opens on July 1. Sheerin is hopeful they’ll unveil full service—including dinner and cocktails—on July 12, according to the Tribune. The Ace also continues to lure big-name talent — management has hired Caitlin Laman as the hotel’s beverage director. Laman is a former Food & Wine best new mixologist who last worked at Mezcaleria Las Flores in Logan Square. She will now work with Giant’s beverage guru Josh Perlman to create the drinks for all aspects of the under-construction 159-room hotel at 311 N. Morgan St. It’s been three years since the Ace Chicago was announced following the boutique hotel chain’s locations in..

Aloha Poke’s Owners Want to Make Acai Bowls Trendy in Chicago

Aviato Eats debuted last week at Chicago’s French Market The owners behind Aloha Poke Co., Chicago’s first chain of poke restaurants, have teamed up with a pair of industry veterans for another bowl-based restaurant focusing on breakfast and “desk snacks” for office workers. Aviato Eats aims to introduce Chicagoans to acai bowls the same way Aloha Poke did with raw fish bowls. Acai, a Brazilian “superfood,” is often found at juice bars and smoothie shops. Acai bowls come with yogurt, fruit, and oatmeal, an alternative to bland coffee shop grab-and-go items. It’s like a smoothie in a bowl. Aviato opened a week ago at Chicago’s French Market in the West Loop, where Zach Friedlander opened his first Aloha Poke in 2015. HBO’s Silicon Valley inspired Aviato’s name, as “Aviato” is the name of a fictional start-up company on the TV show. Friedlander said they filed a trademark to use the name for food purposes. He’s hopeful that one day they’ll convince actor T.J. Miller to drop by for a ph..

Six Restaurant and Bar Staff Shuffles to Know in Chicago

Katana, the clubstaurant heading to River North, has an executive chef RIVER NORTH— Katana, the Hollywood import coming to River North that was announced two years ago, still doesn’t have an opening date to share with the public. But the Japanese spot—famous as a celebrity hangout in Los Angeles—has named an executive chef. They’ve promoted Jose “Junior” Melendez. He comes over from Katana’s West Hollywood location, according to Chicago. Melendez has been with Katana’s parent company since 2010. Katana is set to take over the former Bin 36 space inside Marina City, 339 N. Dearborn St. Katana also named Rob Juan as executive sushi chef. He’s the former sous chef at Katana Los Angeles. The club/restaurant is still slated to open later this summer. LOGAN SQUARE— It’s not new news, but Caitlin Laman has left Mezcaleria Las Flores. Her departure happened over the spring, only a few months after she took the job as head bartender at MLF, Eater Chicago’s 2016 bar of the year. Her exit would..

Where to Party in Chicago All Pride Weekend Long

Celebrate with these tasty eats and drinks Chicago Pride, consisting of a two-day festival and world-famous parade, is happening this weekend, celebrating the LGBTQ communities. In honor of Pride month, a handful of local bars and restaurants are serving extra-colorful drinks and dishes. The parade takes place over a four-mile route starting at noon on Sunday, June 25, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street in Uptown and ends near Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. There’s plenty in Boystown, but specials are available all over the city. So celebrate unity at the following 14 spots near the parade route. Listed from north to south.

Tour HaiSous, Where Thai and Danielle Dang Plan to Serve Delicious Vindication

The hotly-anticipated Vietnamese restaurant opens tonight in Pilsen Thai and Danielle Dang’s comeback is almost complete as HaiSous, one of the year’s biggest restaurant openings, finally debuts tonight in Pilsen. Chicagoans may be familiar with the husband and wife team from Embeya in the West Loop, where Thai was chef and Danielle was beverage director. Over at HaiSous, the couple took a very hands-on approach in building and designing their first restaurant. They’ll serve a special coursed-out dinner this week before unveiling the regular menu on June 27. The couple has plenty of motivation to make HaiSous thrive. A nasty departure from Embeya and the various lawsuits filed against their previous employer partly fuel their fire. Away from the courts, HaiSous is huge victory for the Dangs. “We think of others before we think of ourselves,” Thai Dang said. “So when we built this restaurant, we built it for the people who worked with us—the locals.” The space once housed a dive ba..

Epic Burger Is Now Cashless, Tamale Spaceship Closes Wicker Park Restaurant, More Intel

Plus, Half Acre and Honey Butter Fried Chicken are making beer out of corn muffins —As more and more restaurants including Sweetgreen and Argo Tea stop accepting cash, a popular local restaurant chain is joining the credit card-only movement. Epic Burger, the eight-location fast-casual chain, stopped accepting cash on June 12, Crain’s reports. Founder David Friedman tells the publication he made the move to make operations speedier, safer, and reduce employee errors with counting money. —The Wicker Park restaurant from still-popular food truck Tamale Spaceship is closed for the foreseeable future. A sign on the restaurant’s door at 1341 N. Damen Ave. relays that it was closed from May 30 until June 15 “as we catering [sic] private events.” But now, nearly a week after it was scheduled to reopen, owner Manny Hernandez says via email that the restaurant is closed to the public “until further notice” due to construction on the building’s facade and won’t commit to any reopening timefra..