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Larry David Chows Down at RPM Steak and More Intel

Plus, Greenriver’s new head bartender and drink menus and the latest on Bottled Blonde’s trial

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Larry David, not eating steak
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Larry David embraced his inner carnivore in Chicago as he prepares for the return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The comedian and “Seinfeld” co-creator dined and entertained the room at RPM Steak on Friday night, according to a rep as well as the New York Post. David, actor Greg Kinnear, and six others took down “several” salads, “lots of” seafood appetizers, multiple NY strip steaks, Ohmi Japanese wagyu, ribeye, cod, halibut, corn, the “Millionaire's Potato,” and many desserts. David is the latest in a long line of celebrities to pick Lettuce Entertain You’s glitzy River North steakhouse while in Chicago.

Greenriver has announced its newest head bartender since Young Gun Julia Momose exited last December, and new drink menus. Israel native Amit Gilad is now the man behind the stick at Union Square Hospitality Group’s Michelin-starred terrace cocktail bar and restaurant in Streeterville and companion bar Annex, and he sections his 22-drink cocktail menu into the four unique sections named “refresh, contemplate, indulge, and savor.” Check out the full thing below.

Bottled Blonde has a new attorney and new life, as city officials have pushed back the trial to revoke the River North bar’s alcohol license to Oct. 24. Its new attorney Nicholas Ftikas asked for more time so he could get caught up with the proceedings. Earlier in the month, Bottled Blonde fired their own attorney after he was jailed on a variety of drug charges in Indiana. Hearing officer Robert Nolan, who will determine if the license gets revoked, said state law mandated him to give Ftikas additional time under the unusual circumstances bred by the arrest. He also stressed that city attorneys did everything that he required. If anyone forgot, neighbors are fed up with Bottled Blonde, lodging noise, traffic, and vomit complaints. There will be a short status hearing on Oct. 17 followed by the trial on Oct. 24. Another reason for the delay? The city’s attorney is going on vacation.

— Anheuser-Busch, parent company of Goose Island that’s gobbling up craft breweries around the country, has bought the entire Virtue Cider brand, the Tribune reports. Goose Island also has a new president, Todd Ahsmann, as it continues to expand around the country and internationally.

— And finally, even though it closed last month, Sumi Robata Bar isn’t completely done. Chef-owner Gene Kato is doing three popups at Entente on Oct. 1 and 2 that are listed on the official Sumi Facebook page. Could Kato have more up his sleeve?

Sumi Robata Bar

702 N Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 988-7864 Visit Website

Goose Island Beer Co.

1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 226-1119 Visit Website


259 E Erie St Fl 18, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-0101


700 North Sedgwick Street, , IL 60654 (312) 285-2247 Visit Website

Bottled Blonde

504 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 (480) 970-1112 Visit Website

RPM Steak

66 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 284-4990 Visit Website