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Chicago’s First Dedicated Kombucha Bar to Close and More Intel

Plus, destruction of the McDonald’s No. 1 Store Museum begins

The Kombucha Room will shutter this month
Nick Fochtman

— Although ownership technically called it a popup, it’s now official — Chicago’s first dedicated kombucha bar will close. The Kombucha Room, at 2353 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, will close permanently by the end of January. Owner Mel Mohamednur broke the news on Facebook over the weekend, writing that “we had the opportunity to make this location permanent however, after much considerations of personal capacity (for those who don’t know me, I just had a baby 6 months ago) and hurdles we have to deal with Health Department about refill/capping, we decided NOT to move on at this point” and that “you might see us again.” The bar with 20 kombucha taps opened in April 2017 in the space that previously hosted Owen + Alchemy and Limitless High Definition Coffee + Tea.

The destruction of the McDonald’s No. 1 Store Museum on the site of Ray Kroc’s first restaurant is underway in Des Plaines. The Tribune reports that McDonald’s will preserve “anything with historical value” from the site, although it’s unknown when its razing will be complete. The museum included a replica of Ray Kroc’s original restaurant, which opened in 1955 and closed in 1984, becoming a tourist destination until the museum closed to the public in 2008 due to flooding.

— Popular Lincoln Square/Ravenswood restaurant Borelli Pizza is back open after it closed in July 2017 due to a fire. Ownership announced that it began serving walk-ins on January 5 and that it will hold a grand reopening from January 12 through 14.

— Patrons from Old Crow Smokehouse in River North brawled inside and in the streets early Saturday morning — so many that more than 12 police officers were called to the scene and “hundreds of people” spilled outside, the Tribune reports.

— And finally, Wicker Park’s The Robey hotel’s popular rooftop cocktail bar Up & Up is now named The Up Room. There doesn’t appear to be any other changes to its menu, decor, or house rules.

Up & Up

2018 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (872) 315-3082


2124 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 275-1700 Visit Website

Tree House

149 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60654 (773) 348-8899 Visit Website

The Kombucha Room

2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60614