—Will booze and guns mix in the burbs? A proposal for a “guntry club” — a members-only upscale shooting range and bar — is on the table in suburban Willowbrook, and many locals are trying to shoot it down, according to multiple reports from a village board meeting on Monday night. FOX News weighs in that if “(members) drink, they cannot shoot.” ABC7 quotes one resident, Michael Lambke, saying "the fact they wanna put a bar in this one is ludicrous. Guns and drinking don't mix, no matter what." Access to the lounge where the booze would be served would cost $5000 a year. The final vote on The Chicago Gun Club was postponed to a later date.
—Ronero, the hot new Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge on Randolph Restaurant Row, started serving weekday lunch yesterday. Dishes include a selection of meat-based entrees, sandwiches, salads, as well as a three-course prix-fixe option for $24. Some critics so far have panned the food and highlighted the drinks at the bi-level spot, and lunch service is another chance for it to make a good gastronomical impression.
—Lao Sze Chuan Uptown fixed enough of its problems to pass a follow-up health inspection this week after it was shut down by the city earlier this month. The inspection notes say that “all (rodent) droppings have been removed” and “all holes and openings sealed,” it was “serviced by pest control company,” and that surface, equipment, utensils, floors, walls, litter, and cleaning equipment storage violations have been corrected. Expect it to be open.
—Downtown coffee and tea drinkers have a new spot from Tony Mantuano and Co. to try. Cafe Spiaggia has opened a new coffee counter inside the upscale Italian staple on Michigan Avenue in the Gold Coast. It serves a variety of Vittoria coffee and espresso drinks, housemade Italian pastries, Rare Tea Cellar teas, and kombucha. Check out a photo below.
—Baker Miller, the popular bakery and cafe from Dave and Megan Miller, is partnering with Everybody’s Coffee in Uptown to rebrand as Baker Miller at Everybody’s Coffee, Chicagoist reports. Expect Baker Miller’s breakfast sandwiches, grits, avocado toast, and lunch sandwiches and salads to be available when the partnership of the shop at 935 W. Wilson St. is complete in a few weeks.
—And finally, a slew of local pizza places and takeout restaurants are fighting the FDA regulation that will require local restaurants with more than 20 locations to list calorie counts on its menus, Cook County Record reports. Domino’s Pizza is leading the charge because “there are ‘millions’ of different pizza combinations” and that calorie counts are already available on its website and they claim that most customers order takeout or delivery online. The regulation is scheduled to be in place starting May 5.