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Acadia Reopens Tonight; New Chef at Replay Beer and Bourbon; More

Ramen-San Omakase dinner on Monday, Eli's Cheesecake's 35th birthday, Savoir launches, New menu at Balena.

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SOUTH LOOP— Acadia is scheduled to reopen Friday night, according to chef/owner Ryan McCaskey, as it's been a month since roof damage forced the restaurant's closure. Details on the new menu weren't available. [EaterWire]

ANDERSONVILLE— The new outpost of Replay Beer and Bourbon and Elixir has its executive chef. Paul Dobroski (NoMi Kitchen) will oversee the kitchen of the bar/arcade and cocktail lounge when it opens in August at 5368 N. Clark St. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH— Ramen-San Omakase dinner is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday. It's a six-course dinner with dishes like grilled baby gem lettuce with melted pork cheek and cured egg yolk and Tsukeman with soy tomatoes, Japanese eggplant and bok choy. It's $42 per person call 312-377-9950 or visit for reservations. [EaterWire]

DUNNING— Eli's Cheesecake Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. They'll have a cheesecake tasting every hour, a performance from The Jesse White Tumblers, bands, a craft show and classic cars on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the New Horizons Center, a school for the developmentally disabled located adjacent to the bakery at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. [EaterWire]

AROUND TOWN— Savoir, a new iOS app, launched this week in Chicago. It's all about hyperlocal, allowing users to find restaurants with menus, updated Yelp reviews and more. Find the free app here. An Android version is on its way. [EaterWire]

LINCOLN PARK— Chris Pandel and company have released a new menu at Balena. Check it out below. [EaterWire]

New Balena Menu


1633 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 867-3888 Visit Website


1639 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 360-9500 Visit Website


59 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 377-9950 Visit Website

Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe

6701 W Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 (773) 308-7000 Visit Website