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Goosefoot's New All-Chef's-Table Format; Alinea's Temporary Closing Date; More A.M. Intel

Plus two chefs get their own days in Chicago this week, changes for the Jean Banchet Awards, a new ramen spot and a new terrace bar, and much more.

Goosefoot's dining room
Goosefoot's dining room

Goosefoot will be switching to an all-chef's-table format in December, DNAinfo reports, which will bring "the kitchen's plating area into the dining room" for 24 seats a night. Chris Nugent's Michelin-starred restaurant in Lincoln Square will begin taking reservations for the new seating style on October 19.

—You probably read that the temporary shutter of Alinea for its gut rehab and redesign will happen sometime in January, and now the Tribune reports the official day—January 1. Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas' three-Michelin-starred legend is expected to be closed until at least mid-March, and it will popup in Spain during much of that time.

—Rahm Emanuel has graciously named today "Chef J Joho Day" in Chicago and tomorrow "Chef Tony Mantuano Day" in honor of their coming inductions into the Chicago Chefs Hall of FameTickets are still available for tomorrow's event, where Hugo Ralli, Judy Contino, and more will be inducted, costing $80 in advance and $125 at the door.

—In other local chef and restaurant award news, the Jean Banchet Awards are set to get their own stand-alone event this January for the first time in 14 years. Nominations are now open for Chicago's top culinary honors.

Renaissance Chicago Terrace Rendering

[Rendering: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel]

—Another rooftop bar is opening downtown this March, Crains reports, on the terrace of the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel at State and Wacker. The unnamed indoor/outdoor bar will seat 160.

—The ramen craze is spreading to Lakeview next, as a spot named Ramenster is set to open soon at 919 W. Belmont.

Stan's Donuts line

[Photo: Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce]

—You know that Lakeview also got a Stan's Donuts last weekend, but check out the chamber of commerce's photo of the massive line for Saturday's opening and free doughnuts for life giveaway.

Milk Room, the rare spirits "micro-bar" on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, should finally open by the end of the month, cocktail guru Paul McGee says.

—Doug Sohn added Hot Doug's atomic sausage to a sandwich at BroBagel attached to Piece Brewery and Pizzeria. The "Atomic Bagel" also has scrambled eggs and pepperjack cheese, with your choice of bagel, for $6.99.


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