— More than four years after taking over the former Ronny’s space at 2101 N. California Ave. in Logan Square, Land & Sea Dept. (Cherry Circle Room, Lost Lake, Parsons Chicken & Fish, Longman & Eagle) have revealed the name and some details of their long-awaited restaurant and bar — and will preview it this weekend at the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival’s Pitchfork +PLUS section (entrance is available via an upgrade for $195 - $365). Named Lonesome Rose, ownership describes it in a statement as “a ‘borderlands‘ concept focusing on the rich cultural histories of the regional states of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States." Construction has been ongoing for at least two years on the former divey punk club, which will now include a rooftop patio, a new blue exterior, and drinks from cocktail star Paul McGee. A rep says they “don’t have an opening date nailed down yet,” but it should hopefully be sometime in 2017. Keep it here for more details as they become available.
— In addition to the Lonesome Rose preview, eaters will be well taken care of at Pitchfork this year. The +PLUS section also features food and drink from Parsons Chicken & Fish and Lost Lake, including Parsons’ ever-popular negroni slushy, chicken sandwich and hush puppies. Lost Lake will serve four items including a big eye tuna rice bowl and the "Granadilla Grog” cocktail (rum, pineapple, passionfruit, honey, lime). The many food vendors that are available without an expensive upgrade include Avec, Leghorn, Billy Goat Tavern, and many more. See the full list and general festival information here.
— In non-Pitchfork/Land & Sea Dept. news, Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo, the reigning James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant, is now tasting menu-only for dinner. The fine dining Mexican gem is now offers two five-course options (classic and seasonal) and a seven-course option dubbed “The Perfect Seven.” It also launched a new menu this week, Oaxaca — check out Bayless’ intro to it and photos of dishes here.
— Four Corners Tavern Group’s new two-floor patio-driven restaurant and bar at The Park at Wrigley is now officially named Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern, Crain’s reports. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission previously blocked the name because it may violate a longstanding state law about “tied houses,” but eventually approved it.
— Other major food happenings take place this weekend in addition to Pitchfork. A bunch of the city’s best Thai restaurants come together at the Thai Food Festival Chicago on Saturday and Sunday at 851 W. Irving Park Road. Traditional dance performances, Thai boxing, cooking demonstrations, and live music will happen, alcohol will be available, and entrance costs just a suggested donation. More info is here.
— And the annual barbecue and country music bonanza the Windy City Smokeout kicks off tonight and runs all weekend at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River. Look for an array of the city and country’s best ‘que, top country music artists, drinks, and more. More info and tickets, which start at $40 for one day, are this way.
— And finally, one of Randolph Row’s new hotspots kicks off brunch on Sunday. Ronero’s Latin-inspired brunch includes three themed buffet stations (breakfast, crepes and waffles, ceviches and tiraditos), and Esco Bar upstairs will have bloody Mary and mimosa carts.