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NYC’s Once-Acclaimed Bill’s Bar & Burger Coming to River North

Plus, Rick Bayless weighs in on sexual misconduct in the restaurant industry and more intel

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The “Fat Cat” at Bill’s Bar & Burger
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— River North is getting a location of a once-acclaimed NYC-based burger mini-chain. Bill’s Bar & Burger, which made waves at its original (now closed) Meatpacking District location before expanding near Rockefeller Center, Pittsburgh, and Atlantic City, is taking over the former Davanti Enoteca and Glazed and Infused space on the ground floor of the Courtyard Marriott at 30 E. Hubbard Street, according to a liquor license application. Representatives have not responded to inquiries, so stay tuned for more details.

— The venerable Rick Bayless weighed in on restaurant industry sexual harassment in a Medium post, sharing “three actions I have found useful in creating a positive kitchen culture” before expanding on the history and evolution of kitchen culture in France and the U.S. Those actions are restaurants having open kitchens, gender and age balance among staff, and respect for all staff. Read it here.

Satellite Cafe, a tiny cafe, bakery, and coffee shop at 942 W. Montrose Avenue in Uptown, now serves alcohol — and ownership says it’s now “the smallest business to serve alcohol for consumption on premises in the state of Illinois.” Look for craft beer, cocktails, and even “whiskey lattes” at the 12-seat spot.

The Radler is back open in Logan Square after closing for nearly two months following a burst pipe on New Year’s Eve. Ownership celebrated by adding a crispy lake trout sandwich to the menu.

— And finally, Revival Food Hall is bringing in two celebrated cocktail bars for monthly Friday popups in the Loop starting next Friday, March 2 with Three Dots and a Dash. Fat Rice’s cocktail bar The Ladies Room will follow on April 6. Each bar will serve drinks from 4:30 until 9:30 p.m.

The Satellite Cafe

942 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 944-0152 Visit Website

Davanti Enoteca River North

30 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 605-5900 Visit Website

The Radler

2375 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 276-0270 Visit Website

Revival Food Hall

125 South Clark Street, , IL 60603 (312) 278-3040 Visit Website