—Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas and crew are working on a book for their landmark Fulton Market cocktail bar The Aviary. A Kickstarter page is up with a video and many details on the cookbook, which describes its inspiration as “a beverage book that compares to those iconic cookbooks.” It could potentially include 100 cocktail recipes from Aviary and The Office, and you can check out one below. Estimated delivery of the book, for those who contribute to the Kickstarter, is July 2018.
—The wacky story about a Georgia man who was arrested for ditching an $1800 tab at Trump Tower, in addition to smaller tabs at Coco Pazzo Cafe and Mother’s Too, has gotten even wackier. The Tribune made contact with the assailant, Robert Heath, who told the paper that he’s a wealthy baller in an ongoing spree across the country which will be revealed in a magazine article, and that he hit Terrace at Trump because "I don't need to steal — I just don't like Donald Trump." He said he bought champagne for every table there, which definitely runs up a tab quickly. He was in San Diego when the Trib spoke to him and is still wanted by Chicago police, who he tells to “catch me if you can,” a la the Leonardo DiCaprio movie.
—Publican Quality Meats’ popular weekly burger nights series begins again on May 2. The Tuesday night burger-off, which pits chefs, restaurants, or media outlets against another (Eater Chicago took on The Reader last year), kicks off with Shake Shack taking on No. 7 Sub chef Tyler Kord tomorrow night. It runs every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. until June 27.
—Costa Rican stalwart and former Eater 38 restaurant Irazu has completed its large year-round indoor-outdoor patio expansion and is fully back open in Bucktown. Check out a photo of it below.
—Foxtrot, the market and food/drink delivery service, rolls out coffee delivery and a new coffee bar today at its Lincoln Park location at 900 W. Armitage Ave. that also includes a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Metric Coffee is the store’s roaster of choice, which will be used in espresso drinks, affogatos with Jeni’s ice cream, nitro cold brews, as well as classic drip coffee. New pastries from Little Goat and Glazed and Infused doughnuts are now available at both the Armitage store and the West Loop location as well. Delivery is available via its app and website, and its giving away a free small drip coffee to customers today through Friday, May 5.
—And finally, Whisk’s spirit guide, actor Nick Offerman aka Ron Swanson from NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” made the restaurant’s day last week by telling the world via Twitter he was honored by its new art installation of his mug.
By bacon and many eggs and more I am honored @whiskchicago https://t.co/HZAkYxiBEf— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) April 27, 2017