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Embattled Clubstaurant Bottled Blonde Sues City to Try to Avoid Shutdown

Plus, word on a new restaurant and bar coming to Lakeview and more intel

Bottled Blonde’s interior
Bottled Blonde [Official Photo]

— The saga of Bottled Blonde’s possible shutdown continues with a new lawsuit. Owners of the Arizona-bred bar and restaurant in River North that turns into a nightclub at night have filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and other city officials as the city continues efforts to shut it down. The suit, reported by the Sun-Times, says the clubstaurant should stay open because its attorney was jailed on drug charges, that witness allegations were speculation, that the city didn’t properly sign the revised plan of operation, among other reasons. There’s still no word on when a resolution in the matter will occur.

— Lakeview sports bar Mad River, a polarizing spot that was popular with partying twenty-somethings since its opening in 2006, has officially closed at 2909 N. Sheffield Avenue but a new spot is coming to the space soon. The River, from the owners of nearby Mexican spot Barcocina, will be a “more refined” spot with more “elevated” food, according to a news release. Expect it to open in a week or so.

— Farmer’s market season is upon Chicago and Curbed maps 30 of the best throughout the city with plenty of information.

— “The Late Show” and former “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert was a server at shuttered Lettuce Entertain You Italian restaurant Scoozi during his 11 years living in Chicago and he keeps reminiscing on the air about his time there, the Tribune reports. Scoozi closed in 2014 after 28 years in business in River North.

— And finally, here’s something Cubs and Sox fans can agree on — they both get buy-one-get-one-free Chipotle on Sunday. In honor of the Crosstown Classic this weekend, fans who wear their team gear to a participating location can snag a burrito, bowl, or order of tacos between 10:45 a.m. and 10 p.m. on May 13.

Mad River

2909 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 935-7500 Visit Website

Bottled Blonde

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