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Dirk Flanigan Scouting; New Piccolo Due Menu

Allison Rosati, NBC5 Chicago; Chef Dirk Flanigan, First Bites Bash Host; Don Welsh, President & CEO, Choose Chicago; Kathleen Casey, Founder, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation; Rob Stafford, NBC5 Chicago
Allison Rosati, NBC5 Chicago; Chef Dirk Flanigan, First Bites Bash Host; Don Welsh, President & CEO, Choose Chicago; Kathleen Casey, Founder, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation; Rob Stafford, NBC5 Chicago
Photo: Chuck Janda

WEST LOOP—Over 1250 people attended the sold-out First Bites Bash at Union Station last night, over 50 top restaurants providing samples in the pre-restaurant week party. Host Dirk Flanigan, recently on his own, said he's scouting for locations and investors for a 100-plus-seat space. He says it's just the first in a coming restaurant group. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—Piccolo Sogno Due launched a new winter menu this week, shaving some prices, adding more pizzas, and changing seasonal items. Tomorrow is Todd Stein's last night helming the kitchen. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTHSushi Samba Rio reopens tomorrow, a couple days early after closing for renovations. They originally were going to open the doors January 28. [EaterWire]

NORTH CENTERSola turns seven tomorrow and they're celebrating by offering $7 glass pours and classic Hawaiian specials like kalua pork. Time flies.

Piccolo Sogno Due

340 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 Visit Website

Sola

3868 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613 773 327 3868 Visit Website

Union Station

500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL