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Double Door Moving to Logan?, Hamburger Hop Champs, More Intel

Plus, a longtime restaurant goes up in flames and a new spot runs out of money

Martial Noguier celebrating his Hamburger Hop victory
Illinois Restaurant Association/Facebook

—The plot thickened on Friday in saga of the possible eviction of beloved Wicker Park music club Double Door. Chicagoist and DNAinfo both report that it could move to Logan Square, as ownership filed a proposal with the city to operate a two-floor, 650-capacity music club at 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave. A judge ordered the club to vacate its current space in Wicker Park at the end of the year but Double Door’s attorney filed an appeal to send the case to a higher court. Stay tuned for the next installment.

Hamburger Hop, the popular Friday night kickoff event for Chicago Gourmet that’s possibly the best burger competition in Chicago, saw a French chef pull of the victory this year. Martial Noguier of Bistronomic took home the judges’ award with his "Le French Burger" (housemade country paté, shallot marmalade, cornichons and Dijon mustard on a Turano golden brioche bun) and Moosah Reaume of Rosebud Prime won the people’s choice award by picking up the most of the 1,000 attendee votes for his "Rosebud Patty Melt Slider" (Calabrian chili aioli, caramelized onions and local white cheddar on a dark pumpernickel slider roll). Congratulations to them both.

—36-year-old Evergreen Park Italian restaurant Barraco’s suffered a large fire early Saturday morning that will keep it closed for a while, at least. Patch reports that the blaze began at a broaster in the kitchen before spreading, eventually wiping out a section of the building that housed the kitchen and catering line and causing heavy smoke and water damage to the dining room and bar areas. Dainela Barraco, daughter of owner Nick Barraco, tells the news outlet that "we will be back and we will rebuild." Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and the Barraco’s in Mt. Greenwood remains open.

—Meanwhile, Metal Haven Grill, the heavy metal-themed restaurant/record store hybrid in Logan Square, is having major issues less than five months after opening. The spot is already out of money and ownership has started a $25K GoFundMe campaign to keep it afloat. Check it out here.

Hutch American Cafe, the brunch-only spinoff in River North of the popular Lakeview restaurant, is now planning to open in one week, on Oct. 3. Check out the full food and drink menus below.

—And finally, in what should be a shock to no one, Big Star is the top restaurant destination for Lyft drivers in Chicago. The top five includes three bro destinations (Parlor Pizza Bar, Benchmark, and Bottled Blonde) with Au Cheval sandwiched in as number four.


840 North Wabash Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 944-8400 Visit Website

Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 235-4039 Visit Website


3701 W 95th St, Evergreen Park, IL 60805 (708) 424-8182 Visit Website

Metal Haven Grill

, Chicago, IL (872) 315-3102

Double Door

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


3301 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-1155 Visit Website