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Beloved Carson’s Ribs’ River East Rebirth Debuts Next Week

Plus the “Top Chef” finale will feature two Chicagoans and more intel

The exterior of Carson’s Ribs’ new River East flagship
Carson’s Ribs/Facebook

— After recently closing its longtime River North location, beloved Carson’s Ribs will open its new flagship restaurant next week with a bang. The massive new River East outpost will host grand opening festivities from March 9-31 at 465 E. Illinois Street, formerly home to Quay, complete with free cocktails and live music nightly. More to come next week on the new spot which has room for 200 people and a year-round patio on the Chicago River.

SPOILER ALERT: If anyone hasn’t seen Thursday night’s episode of Top Chef and plans to, then skip this item. That’s because last night’s show revealed the two finalists that will compete to become the 2018 “Top Chef,” and both of them are Chicagoans. Spiaggia’s Joe Flam will face off against Chicago native Adrienne Cheatham, who now lives in NYC, ensuring that someone with Chicago ties will be the champion. The finale airs Thursday, March 8, at 8 p.m. on Bravo. The Tribune has more.

— A small fire broke out on the roof of the Next/Aviary/Roister building on Wednesday evening, but fortunately it wasn’t enough to close any of those Alinea Group stalwarts. Owner Nick Kokonas says that “the fan on the hood had broken and flames had gone up through it” which caused “lots of smoke in the building” and praised CFD’s efforts as “awesome.” Check out his tweets about it below.

— A large number of Chicago’s best chefs will come together on March 14 to raise money for those in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria. 22 chefs and restaurants, including Giuseppe Tentori, Bill Kim, Kevin Hickey, and Tony Mantuano will have tasting stations at Recipe for Relief at The Lakewood at 1758 W. Lake Street. $75 tickets include an open bar and are available here.

— And finally this year’s Chowdah Fest, the popular annual chowder competition, happens Monday, March 5 on the Columbia Yacht Club ship at 111 N. Lake Shore Drive. This year’s competing chefs include Jason Paskewitz, Jonathan Zaragoza, and Pete Coenen. $45 tickets ($60 at the door) include beer, wine and dessert and are available here.

The Aviary

955 N. Morgan St & W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Visit Website

Columbia Yacht Club

111 North Lake Shore Drive, , IL 60601 (312) 938-3625 Visit Website


465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 981-8111 Visit Website

Next Restaurant

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


951 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 789-4896


980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website