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Double Door's Eviction, Russell Kook In At Hugo's, #BlackLivesMatter Fundraiser, More Intel

Plus, Revolution Brewing and Land & Sea release a new beer

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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The long-running legal battle over the Double Door appears over, as a Cook County judge has ruled in favor of the music venue's landlord, saying the tenants need to vacate. The sides will return to court on Aug. 4 to determine the exact date when the Double Door will clear their Wicker Park space. Double Door management said they have shows booked through March, according to the Tribune. The venue debuted in 1994, and fans are already morning its loss. Over on Wikipedia, a fan has already updated the Double Door's entry with the ruling, writing "most importantly, the judge ruled that [landlord] Brian Strauss hates Rock And Roll."

—Former Chicago Cut executive chef Russell "Rusty" Kook has taken over the same role over at Hugo's Frog Bar in Gold Coast, according to a news release. Under Kook, expect a "refreshed" and more contemporary menu and weekly specials such as a togarashi-crusted tuna steak with soy ginger-braised spinach with a kimchi vinaigrette. Kook's appeared on TV, showing up on "Iron Chef America" and "Hell's Kitchen."

Brian Kook Galdones Photography

Pei Wei Asian Diner has closed at 2709 N. Elston Ave in Logan Square. The fast-casual sibling to P.F. Chang's no longer has any restaurants in Chicago. A Streeterville restaurant closed earlier this year and will give way to a new Nando's Peri Peri at 227 E. Ontario St.

Revolution Brewing and Land & Sea Dept. are collaborating for the second-straight year on a beer brewed to raise money for Logan Square Preservation. It's called Monument, and is only available at participating bar in draft form. It's a 5.5-percent ABV, American pale ale made with two-row red wheat, Carafoam malt and flaked oats with an English ale yeast, according to a news release. Find the bar at 24 Logan Square-area spots, including Longman & Eagle, Parson's Chicken & Fish, Crown Liquors and Son of a Butcher by WHISK. The $1 per pint will go toward cleaning the Logan Square monument.

—Over this weekend in Rogers Park, Smack Dab is raising money for #BlackLivesMatter in Chicago. The pastry/coffee shop is giving $1 per doughnut to efforts. DNAinfo spoke with the pop-up spot's owner.

Mark Bright, owner and wine director of Saison and Les Clos in San Francisco, will be at il Porcellino. He'll take over as sommelier from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and pour wines by the glass —until they run out— from his new project from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Selections include chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

Phil Tadros, who may need some positive PR right now after that Crain's piece, has apparently been inundated with angry messages from customers who want gelato at the Bow Truss that opened in May in Mariano Park in the Gold Coast. DNAinfo has the scoop on how residents are angry that Bow Truss doesn't serve frozen treats like the Chicago Park District space's predecessors, Whispers Cafe. Needing to soothe complaints, there's a deal to peddle Black Dog Gelato. But it's not a permanent solution.

Balena is launching something new on Sunday. It's called Family Style Sunday Supper, a new $44 dinner ($20 for children 12 and under) offered from 4:30 p.m to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Chef Chris Pandel and staff want to highlight different regions of Italy each month and they'll kick the dinner off by focusing on Puglia.


2018 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 252-9060 Visit Website

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

1024 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 312 640 0999

Smack Dab

6954 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626 (773) 575-0062

Crown Liquors

2821 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 252-9741

Mariano Park

1031 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 742-7891 Visit Website

Il Porcellino

59 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 595-0800 Visit Website

Revolution Brewing

2323 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 227-2739 Visit Website


1633 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 867-3888 Visit Website

Son of a Butcher

2026 Greenville Avenue, , TX 75206 (469) 862-8780 Visit Website

Double Door

1572 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 489-3160 Visit Website