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Lettuce Entertain You Turns Intro Into a Virtual Restaurant

Plus, Swedish Bakery’s head baker is cooking at a new restaurant and more AM Intel

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Marc Much

— After previously getting into the virtual restaurant scene with Seaside’s, Lettuce Entertain You now has another delivery and takeout-only spot: the critical darling concept-changing Intro. The restaurant is now Lucky Dumpling, a temporary extension of its previous dim sum iteration which serves Chinese food to go and delivered, as LEYE is “still working on what will be coming up next at Intro,” a rep says. Check out the menu here, which includes potstickers, noodles, soups, orange chicken, and more. Naoki Sushi is still open as usual inside the space in Lincoln Park, and the rep adds to “stay tuned for what’s next at Intro.”

— Eaters who miss the dearly departed Swedish Bakery can now get goods by its lead baker at a different restaurant. Alphonso Aquillar, who worked at the Andersonville landmark for 36 of its 88 years, is now running the bakery operations at brunch star m.henry, DNAinfo reports, and has added some new items to its menu.

Marshall’s Landing, the new all-day restaurant and workplace lounge from DMK Restaurants inside the Merchandise Mart, will open to the public on June 9, a rep says.

5 Rabbit Cerveceria is the subject of a $220,000 lawsuit alleging that the brewery’s ownership didn’t pay back a loan, according to Cook County Record. This isn’t the first time the popular brewery’s ownership has been in the news for legal issues.

Renzell, the restaurant ratings system that’s trying to compete with Michelin, has released a preview of its 2018 rankings for Chicago. Grace, which took the top spot in January, currently holds the top spots again in most categories, while Next, Girl & the Goat, Owen & Engine, and Acadia are leading one category each. Check it out here and play with the dropdowns to see different categories. The site will officially release this year’s full rankings in September.

— A bevy of Chicago’s top chefs and bartenders are getting together for the annual Chef’s Playground event on June 9 at the Art Institute, including Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Diana Davila, Katsuji Tanabe, Jimmy Papadopoulos, Paul McGee, Jason Vincent, Lee Wolen, and many many more. Tickets cost $250 ($375 VIP) and are available here.

— And finally, some sad news: Saturday is the last day of venerable Joe Boston’s Italian Beef. Ownership announced in early May that it would close after 68 years in business at Chicago and Grand but stayed open a little longer after customers flocked there following the news.

Naoki Sushi

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002 Visit Website

Joe Boston's Italian Beef

2932 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

M. Henry

5707 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660 773 561 1600 Visit Website

Next Restaurant

953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 312 226 0858 Visit Website

Girl & The Goat

809 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 492-6262 Visit Website

Girl & the Goat

555-3 Mateo Street, , CA 90013 (213) 799-4628 Visit Website

Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002

The Merchandise Mart

222 Merchandise Mart Plz, Chicago, IL 60654 (800) 677-6278 Visit Website

5 Rabbit Brewery

6398 W 74th St, Bedford Park, IL 60638 (312) 895-9591 Visit Website


652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661 (817) 877-3388


1639 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 360-9500 Visit Website

Swedish Bakery

5348 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 561-8919 Visit Website

Owen & Engine

2700 North Western Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 235-2930 Visit Website