—Another longtime establishment is closing soon on the Southport corridor in Lakeview. Newport Bar and Grill, which has been in business for more than two decades at 1344 W. Newport, is closing on July 17, ownership confirmed on Facebook. Southport Corridor reports that Capital One Cafe with a Peet's Coffee will take over.
—Beacon Tavern, the Billy Lawless' swanky new restaurant and bar off the Mag Mile, is kicking off weekend brunch service tomorrow at 10 a.m. The menu includes an ode to the McDonald's that it replaced (a sausage, egg and cheese muffin) as well as stuffed French toast, yogurt panna cotta, housemade pastries, dishes from the regular menu, cocktails, and 49 varieties of wine for $49 each. Check out the full menu here.
—Windy City Smokeout, the booming barbecue and country music festival heading to Chicago for the fourth year, has revealed its full food lineup and menu. Attendees at the July 15-17 fest at 560 W. Grand will be able to eat 'cue from 16 restaurants and pitmasters both local and from around the country, as well as other non-barbecue food and drink items.
—The recent poke boom continues to grow. All four Hot Woks Cool Sushi locations are adding four types of the Hawaiian-style fish bowls to its menus, beginning with Michigan Avenue (30 S. Michigan) and coming soon to 312 W. Adams, 3930 N. Pulaski, and 2032 W. Roscoe.
—In other brunch news, eaters in Lakeview and Roscoe Village have a new option for breakfast pizza. Pizzeria Serio, 1708 W. Belmont, now serves weekend brunch with egg-topped pizzas, skillets, bagel sandwiches from sister restaurant Craft Pizza in Wicker Park, and $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas.
—The Northman, Chicago's first cider pub, opened its sidewalk patio this week. The outdoor space is open for lunch Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, for dinner on Mondays, and all business hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
—Navy Pier tourists can drink and donate to the Orlando shooting victims at the same time this weekend. Riva Crabhouse is serving a rainbow cocktail ($10) during pride weekend, with $1 from each going to OneOrlando.org.
—Shanghai Terrace has partnered with Half Acre on a new beer, the sessionable Red Door Saison, which is available now and meant to be paired with dim sum.