—Kimpton's The Gray, the luxury hotel opening in the landmark New York Life building in the Financial District in June that will also include The Fifty/50 Group's restaurant Steadfast, announced the concepts for its rooftop and lobby bar. First reported by Crain's, Lola Braza, a "Latin American inspired" 150-seat restaurant and bar with a private dining space will be on the 15th-floor open-air rooftop; while Vol. 39, a high-end wine and spirits bar, while be in the second-floor lobby.
—New owners Chris Pappas (The Winchester) and Nancy Silver announced the name and chef for their all-day European-inspired cafe that's taking over the Birchwood Kitchen space on North Avenue in Wicker Park. It'll be called Americano 2211 and be helmed by chef Fred Noinaj, a pop-up prodigy who also launched the Hey Ha Food Truck in addition to spending time in top kitchens including Avec, Analogue and Alinea. It's slated to open early this month, the Tribune reports
, and you can already read the menu on the website. [UPDATE: Reps say the menu on the website is a placeholder and thus inaccurate, so disregard.]
—Red Ivy, one of the largest and longest-running barstaurants in Wrigleyville, will be the latest to shutter due to a massive neighborhood construction project. Its last day will be April 17, DNAinfo reports.
—Longtime lauded barman Adam Seger has hooked up with Maple & Ash, the Tribune reports, where he'll be the "spiritual advisor." Opening beverage director Cristiana Delucca had already left the Gold Coast steak-driven hotspot.
—Eater 38 inclusion Hopleaf Bar will be doing lots of good on May 1, when it donates 100 percent of its proceeds to a local school. The fundraising goal is $20,000.