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Forbidden Root Brewpub's Opening Date, Mirabell Reconcepting, More Intel

Plus, Old Town could get a high-end restaurant and rooftop bar at a new boutique hotel.

Forbidden Root
Forbidden Root
Ashok Selvam

—The long-in-the-works botanical brewpub Forbidden Root will finally open its doors to the public on February 18, according to a press release and multiple reports. Expect an array of creative science-minded beers, mix-in elixirs, "American rustic" food from chef Dan Weiland, and around 150 seats at 1746 W. Chicago Ave.

—The long goodbye for Mirabell Restaurant, the three-decade old German staple on Addison Street in Irving Park, finally ended on Dec. 23, its Facebook page and DNAinfo report. But expect ownership to reopen it as M Pub in a few weeks following renovations and a sale of the restaurant's items.

—Old Town could be getting a boutique hotel with a "high-end, white tablecloth restaurant operated by one of Chicago's top groups" and a rooftop bar in the O'Brien's Restaurant & Bar space at 1528 N. Wells, which would relocate to the second floor, Curbed reports. But the plan still needs approval and neighborhood NIMBYs have filed a petition.

—The Flat Top Grill at Belmont and Southport, which has been in business since 1995, shuttered on Tuesday, according to Southport Corridor. Stay tuned to see what will take over the space.

—Gina Stefani has pushed back the opening of Mad Social, the first new Phil Stefani Group restaurant in 14 years, from Feb. 3 to Feb. 8.

—Meanwhile, Phil Stefani himself will be honored with the 2016 Chicago Classic Award at Friday's Grand Chef Gala, tickets for which are still available here. Gene & Georgetti won the award last year.

Harbee Liquors & Tavern, the historic Pilsen bar, abruptly closed but there's a chance it may reopen, DNAinfo reports.

Flat Top Grill

3200 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 665-8100 Visit Website

Mirabell Restaurant

3454 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 463-1962 Visit Website

O'Brien's Restaurant & Bar

1528 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 787-3131 Visit Website

Harbee Liquors

1345 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 733-0333 Visit Website