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Restaurant Week Extensions, SPiN Ping Pong's Opening Date, More Intel

Plus, GreenRiver's new pastry chef and desserts and another shutter in West Lakeview.

Marc Much

—Although Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 officially ends tomorrow, more than 50 eateries are extending their deals beyond that date. The Tribune has a full list, which includes Intro, Salero, Big Jones, Naha, Sink|Swim, The Bristol, Quartino, and many more.

SPiN, the ping pong social club, bar and restaurant co-founded by actress Susan Sarandon, will open to the public on March 10 in Marina City at 344 N. State St. [UPDATE: March 10 isn't the public opening date. Stay tuned for the actual one. UPDATE 2: March 4 is the public soft opening date. Carry on.]

—Not only is GreenRiver opening a second bar named Annex very soon, but Danny Meyer's Union Square Events' cocktail bar and restaurant also has a new pastry chef. Ji Hyun Yoon, who worked with executive chef Aaron Lirette at Acadia in addition to stints at The Gage and Blackbird, is adding some interesting new sweets to the menu, including root beer panna cotta and chocolate with praline, feuilletine, and passion fruit.

—Tis the season for restaurant and bar shutters, and add another to the list in a seemingly cursed space in West Lakeview. Miradora bistro in the former Bentley Tavern space at 2834 N. Southport, shuttered after service on Saturday night, according to an Everyblock post, followed by a Facebook post that was picked up by Southport Corridor. Who will take a shot there next?

Aloha Poke, a raw ahi tuna bowl concept from former The Bedford general manager Zach Friedlander, is coming to the French Market in March, Crain's reports.

Signage is up for the Mexican-influenced Gino's East in Pilsen. The location is slated to open around the middle of the month.

Chicago French Market

131 North Clinton Street, , IL 60661 (312) 575-0306 Visit Website


259 E Erie St Fl 18, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-0101


2834 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 904-7431

SPin Ping Pong

344 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654 (773) 635-9999 Visit Website

Gino's East

1659 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 226-8770