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Hot Doug’s New Pizza, Ruxbin Reopens Tonight, More Intel

Plus, Rick Bayless launches an online cooking class series and Underground Wonder Bar drama

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Doug Sohn and his jerk sausage pizza
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

—Brace for another pizza collaboration from the man behind the dearly departed Hot Doug’s. Doug Sohn’s new pizza, a jerk sausage pie with white sauce, roasted garlic, bacon, and Anaheim peppers, goes on sale today at Piece Brewery and Pizzeria in Wicker Park, with 10 percent of sales going to Pilot Light. The pizza will only be available during February, but his original pizza collaboration, the atomic sausage pie, is on the menu permanently. Stephanie Izard’s pizza will hit the menu in March and owner Bill Jacobs says Piece’s chef collaborations have raised more than $23K for charity so far. [UPDATE: Stephanie Izard had to pull out of the collaboration today. Piece will announce a new chef pizza for March soon.]

Ruxbin, the highly-acclaimed restaurant on Ashland Avenue in Noble Square, reopens tonight after a monthlong hiatus to remodel the space and menu. The interior is more sleek and modern now, and chef/owner Edward Kim revealed seasonal menu details on the restaurant’s website. Diners can order five prix-fixe shared dishes for $85 every day its open; three prix-fixe shared dishes for $55 on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays; and additional dishes cost $12-15. Its taking reservations on OpenTable, and many are still available for tonight.

Rick Bayless has a new online cooking class series via Craftsy. The Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco/Lena Brava chef/owner teaches viewers to cook multiple items in five courses that run around a half-hour each and cost $39.99, including making tortillas, salsas, taco fillings, tamales, guacamole, ceviche, and mole. More info is here.

—After announcing on Jan. 15 that it would close sometime in February, longtime live music bar Underground Wonder Bar reversed course and said it’s not closing this month after all. In the announcement, ownership says "the building will still be for sale and we will eventually be no more --- OR-- someone or a Group of someones will buy the building and Save us from extinction." This news is just the latest drama for the 29-year-old bar, which announced a relocation and fundraiser in 2010 and appeared on "Bar Rescue" in February 2015 in an attempt to change its fortune via a TV-fueled temporary reconcept.

—Naperville’s DeEtta’s Bakery and Doughnut Vault won the judges’ and peoples’ choice awards at the 2017 Donutfest this past weekend at Chop Shop. DeEtta’s served a chocolate sour cream old fashioned, while Doughnut Vault won for its cookies and cream.

—Longtime Division Street Wicker Park casual Mexican spot Picante has expanded its space and menu after moving to the building next door. Its new home is the former Delish Diner at 2018 W. Division St. — a space that owner Felipe Caro previously planned to convert into a Latin beer and coffee spot but changed course last year. It now has multiple seats plus serves beer and a much larger food menu. DNAinfo has many more details.

—After technically opening as a three-month popup, The Budlong’s downtown location in the Revival Food Hall is now more permanent after signing a two-year extension. That news means it’ll start serving an expanded menu, including two rotating sides a week and chicken tenders.

—Brendan Sodikoff’s 3 Arts Club Cafe in the Restoration Hardware store in the Gold Coast has been so successful that other large retail brands may be trying to copy the model. The Tribune reports on a lawsuit where Restoration Hardware accuses Crate and Barrel of "stealing trade secrets" and tries to stop the retail giant from "opening a food and beverage operation in any of its stores for a year."

—And finally, Mago Grill and Cantina (1010 S. Delano Court in the South Loop) is bringing together many popular and unique taco spots for its first Taco Fest on Feb. 21. The lineup includes the forthcoming and highly-anticipated Mi Tocaya, Latinicity, Antique Taco, Seoul Taco, Takito Kitchen, and many more. $30 early bird tickets are available here.

Underground Wonder Bar

710 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 266-7761 Visit Website

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

1927 West North Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 772-4422 Visit Website


2016 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 328-8800 Visit Website

Mago Grill and Cantina

1010 S Delano Ct W, Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 212-2222 Visit Website

3 Arts Club Cafe

1300 North Dearborn Street, , IL 60610 (312) 475-9116 Visit Website


851 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 624-8509 Visit Website

Restoration Hardware

2101 Green Hills Village Drive, , TN 37215 (615) 209-7644 Visit Website


2018 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 276-5200 Visit Website

Chop Shop

2033 West North Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 537-4440 Visit Website

Revival Food Hall

125 South Clark Street, , IL 60603 (312) 278-3040 Visit Website