—Pro-Trump Yelpers are already showing their anger toward The Green Lady, the Roscoe Village bar that dropped MillerCoors beers and products due to the brand's perceived support of Donald Trump. The Tribune had the details, reporting that The Green Lady’s owner took issue with pro-Trump comments from Pete Coors that came in July. Trump supporters are taking to Yelp to post propaganda/fake news. A few, new one-star reviews were posted today, claiming the bar doesn’t clean their draft lines. Before Thursday, the last Yelp review was from August. Don’t be so fragile, for the The Green Lady’s owners aren’t discriminating against any customers. They’re just picking the products which they want to serve. That’s just a legally-protected business decision. H/T to the Trib’s Josh Noel.
—In more beer news, Lagunitas Brewing Co. is awaiting city approvals to expand their brewery near Douglas Park. Ownership wants to add a rooftop deck, a concert venue (like the ampitheater that have at their California brewery). They’d host about 15 shows a year and the theater would house 400 to 650 people. The Tribune also says the changes would increased the brewery’s production.
—The $550,000 lawsuit involving Blanchard majority owner Rick Duffy and executive chef/partner Jason Paskewitz appears resolved after the sides reportedly reached a settlement. Duffy sued the chef of his Lincoln Park French restaurant earlier this year, claiming Paskewitz was misspending the restaurant’s money for personal use. While litigation continued, Duffy maintained he wanted to retain Paskewitz. The chef had helped net the Blanchard a James Beard nomination and a Jean Banchet award win. Crain’s reported that they’ve reached an amicable settlement with Paskewitz staying onboard and Duffy taking control of the financial side.
—Mirabella Italian Restaurant’s opening has been delayed. The restaurant, pegged to open on Thursday in Avondale, decided to push the opening until next week due to construction around their block. Nearby work from People’s Gas was knocking out water and gas in the restaurant, according to a restaurant rep. The restaurant, from the executive chef at Gene & Georgetti, was to open inside the Mirabell space. That’s the beloved German restaurant that closed after 38 years.
—Over the last few days Chicago’s service and music industries have been mourning the death of 42-year-old Sean McKeough. McKeough, in recent years, was best known for co-founding Riot Fest, Chicago’s punk rock festival that started in 2005. McKeough also had ties to the restaurant industry. He was part of the investment groups that owned the shuttered Japonais in River West and Moonshine in Wicker Park. He also owned the Cobra Lounge on the Near West Side as well as Cobra’s beer-making arm, All Rise Brewing. The cause of death hasn’t been released.
—Ramen-San is collaborating on a special omakase dinner on Tuesday with Logan Square favorites Fat Rice. They’re serving a five-course dinner (plus a supplemental offering). Tickets are $55 or for $75 they’ll add a signed copy of The Adventures of Fat Rice. Get tickets here, and here’s the menu: First course: Portuguese Cabbage Pickle, Braised Sweet Soy Daikon, Carrot with Yuzu and Cilantro; Second course: Nanbanzuke (sauteed and marinated mackerel with lemon, green chile, red onion and dashi vinegar); Third course: La Mien (shrimp wonton, pork fat crumble and balichao); Four course: Chicken Curry Katsu (peas, turnips and mushrooms); Fifth course: Muchi-muchi (sweet rice dough with fresh coconut and jaggery filling); Supplemental course: Whole steamed sole (salted olive, chili, lemon achar and dill).
—A fire destroyed Soluri & Sons Deli earlier this week 3539 S. Halsted Ave. in Bridgeport. DNAinfo reported that the blaze ignited on Sunday night with the owners estimating about $50,000 in damage. They’ve established a GoFundMe page for donations.