— Event patrons at the United Center will soon be able to dine and drink at a throwback Midwestern supper club in partnership with one of Chicago’s top bar and restaurant groups. Named for the late wife of Chicago Stadium patriarch Arthur Wirtz, Queenie’s Supper Club, Heisler Hospitality and Levy Restaurants’ newest F&B outlet at the home of the Bulls and Blackhawks after Mad West, will serve brandy old fashioneds on tap, ice cream cocktails, relish trays, prime rib, table side Caesar salads, and more dishes from Bad Hunter chef Dan Snowden inside a nostalgic 270-seat space with a 45-seat balcony during events starting September 14, the Tribune first reported. Stay tuned for more details in time for its opening.
— Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods, Wicker Park’s New Orleans-themed hotspot from the people behind Frontier, now serves weekend brunch. Dishes include biscuits and gravy with shrimp, fried chicken wings with a salted praline waffle, pain perdu French toast, and more from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
— Another popular new spot debuts brunch this weekend. The Gringo, the Mexican-themed bar and restaurant in West Town with the 80-seat back patio, offers breakfast tacos, al pastor and eggs quesadillas, micheladas, and more on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
— It might be August, but it’s never too early to think about winter beers. Revolution Brewing has announced its barrel-aged Deep Wood Series lineup for 2018-2019. Taking a cue from the popularity of Goose Island Brewing’s Bourbon County Brand Stout series, Rev is bringing back four beers from last year (Deth’s Tar, Cafe Deth, Ryeway to Heaven, and Straight Jacket) and releasing six variants. VSOJ (Very Special Old [Straight] Jacket, a blend of two- and three-year barleywines) and Code Switch (imperial ale with blackberries brewed in collaboration with Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis) will be released on October 19; Deth’s Tar, Cafe Deth, and Deth by Currants on November 16-17; Ryeway to Heaven, Grave Digger Billy (a Scotch ale), and Vanilla Deth on December 7; and Straight Jacket and Boss Ryeway (a amped-up version of Ryeway to Heaven aged in WhistlePig Boss Hog Armagnac barrels) on January 18.
— Pacific Standard Time sous chef Tyler Houston isn’t just cooking at one of America’s best new restaurants — he’s also the “chef-in-residence” at nearby residential building Gallery on Wells. Curbed Chicago has more details on this unique gig.
— And finally, the James Beard Foundation Taste America tour comes back to Chicago on October 26 highlighted by a star-studded dinner collaboration with a slew of Chicago’s hottest chefs — Sarah Grueneberg, Diana Davila, Thai Dang, David and Anna Posey, Sarah Rinkavage, host chef Fabio Viviani, and more. Click here to get on the waitlist for tickets.