— The West Loop will lose another longtime restaurant. Jaipur, the Michelin Bib Gourmand Indian restaurant that’s been open for nearly 11 years and predated most of the chef-driven spots on Randolph Restaurant Row, will shutter on July 22 at 847 W. Randolph Street, ownership revealed earlier this month on social media. The restaurant is offering a plethora of half-off drink specials until closing day. There’s no word yet what will take over the prime space.
— The full food lineup has been announced for the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival, happening this weekend in Union Park in the far West Loop. This year’s vendor highlights, which are available on the Pitchfork website, include Bang Bang Pie Shop, Leghorn Chicken, Estrella Negra, and The Chicago Diner. And as previously reported, newly-crowned James Beard Award-winner Fat Rice will serve dishes in the festival’s exclusive Plus+ section upgrade.
— In more Pitchfork news, the festival will also sell an exclusive beer collaboration between Goose Island and Canadian band Japandroids. “The Hops That Heaven Built” is a 5.2 percent ABV brew that a news release describes as the “Ultimate Canadian Style Pale Ale.”
— What’s billed as “Chicago’s first food boat” — a Texas-style barbecue spot aptly named Smoke on the Water — will open on July 21 on the lake shore downtown next to the Columbia Yacht Club, Crain’s reports.
— And finally, sophisticated West Loop favorite RM Champagne Salon will launch brunch service this Sunday (July 22) for the first time in its nearly-six-year existence. Dishes include caviar toast (sturgeon caviar, creme fraiche, cucumber, radish, brioche, dill, lemon) and “Eggs RM” (two poached eggs, Champagne hollandaise, spinach, artichokes, vol au vent).