—As previously reported, Sixteen, the two-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant within the Trump International Tower and Hotel, will close on April 28 after a decade of business. Hotel Management shares a few details on future plans. Construction for Sixteen’s replacement begins May 1, and the team is planning to reopen later this year. The new concept will expand to takeover the hotel’s 16th floor terrace, with patio dining for 200 during warmer weather. Until the new restaurant debuts, the 16th floor will serve a temporary menu. As for the new eatery, future diners can anticipate an a la carte menu of small and large New American plates, which will incorporate flavors from Europe and Asia, in addition to seasonal produce grown on the 16th floor’s garden. In terms of aesthetics, expect a complete overhaul, which will include a central bar within the 100-seat dining room.
—As of a couple weeks ago, The Publican has elected a new executive pastry chef. Longtime sweets whiz (and two-time James Beard Award-nominee) Dana Cree has decamped after five years, and in her place The Publican group has promoted her sous, Erika Chan. Some of Chan’s new desserts include Rhubarb Baba au Rum at The Publican, Butterscotch Blondie at Publican Anker, and Pecan Sticky Bun at Publican Quality Meats.
— Elliott Bambrough of “Chicago’s Best” has nabbed two new co-hosts for his weekly food show. Marley Kayden joins by way of a previous position as a weekend traffic anchor at WMAQ-Channel 5, meanwhile Lauren Scott formerly served as a feature reporter in Omaha, Nebraska for KETV, an ABC affiliate.
—FYI, Guy Fieri is in town filming his hit Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Chicago Sun Times reports that the television personality has hit a Big and little’s outlet, and Velvet Lounge in the South Loop—check out some shots here.
—The city’s annual food truck festival is underway now through November at The Loop’s Daley Plaza (weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Magnificant Mile’s Pioneer Court (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month). Expect 10-12 trucks serving an assortment of eats, from grilled cheese to Korean.