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Dean Zanella Lands at Chicago Firehouse; Another Vanille Patisserie Opens; More

SOUTH LOOP—Former Rhapsody chef Dean Zanella has latched on at a new restaurant—Chicago Firehouse. Zanella's New Year's Eve menu included a filet flight, lobster bisque in puff pastry, and chateaubriand for two. Chicago Magazine reports that Zanella is looking to contribute to pastry and introduce "fun stuff." [Chicago Mag]

LINCOLN PARK—The third Vanille Patisserie location is now open at 2108 N. Clark St. Pastry chef and [former] French Pastry School instructor Josh Johnson helms the 1200 square-foot location, which seats 22 and features an espresso bar. [EaterWire]

LOOP—Speaking of pastry, Ryan Westover, a 2013 Food & Wine Best New Pastry Chef nominee from D.C., will be preparing three desserts at Atwood Cafe on Monday. Make a reservation to taste his monkey bread with cinnamon brioche, marshmallow, and butterscotch two ways; as well as his "PBJ" and "Big Ass Truffles" (chocolate eclair, apple pie, and lime pie truffles). [EaterWire]

GOLD COAST—The Spiaggia dining room is officially closed for remodeling. The private event space and Cafe Spiaggia remain open. [EaterWire]


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