West Loop mainstay Jaipur Indian is returning to Restaurant Row
As Chicago’s upscale Indian food options outside of Devon have greatly expanded in recent months, one of the former favorites is coming back to the city’s highest profile dining district. Jaipur, which garnered Michelin Bib Gourmand status during its 11 years on Randolph Restaurant Row in the West Loop before closing in July 2018, plans to soon reopen on the strip in the former home of Ronero at 738 W. Randolph Street, ownership announced on social media. The new location — which is interestingly right next to Rooh, perhaps the hottest new South Asian option in the city — will serve the “same recipes” including garlic cheese naan, paneer burji, and kerala chicken, but without a liquor license in the beginning. Stay tuned for more intel on its reopening date and menu.
Now one of Bridgeport’s oldest restaurants is for sale
After the owner of one of Bridgeport’s oldest bakeries announced last week that it’ll soon close, now comes news that one of the neighborhood’s oldest restaurants is for sale. Bridgeport Restaurant, the longtime South Side neighborhood diner institution, is on the real estate market, Block Club reports. Owner Irais Rodriguez tells the publication that he hopes to retire but he’s not in a hurry to sell the business, that he hopes to find the right buyer to take it over, as well as that he also plans to sell his other restaurant nearby, La Mexicana.
Acclaimed hotel and cocktail bar brand Freehand and the Broken Shaker sold to London group
Freehand Hotels, the company that includes acclaimed cocktail bar and eatery brand the Broken Shaker, has been acquired by London-based hotelier Generator and Queensgate Investments for $400 million, a news release announced this week. The company doesn’t immediately plan to change the Freehands and Broken Shakers in River North, Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles, or a forthcoming Washington, D.C. location, it said in a statement.
Paul Kahan’s second cookbook is now on sale
And finally, beloved local chef Paul Kahan’s new cookbook is now on sale. “Cooking for Good Times,” the follow up to “Cheers to the Publican,” aims to provide home cooks the means to have fun and entertain groups of friends with low-stress and delicious recipes. New copies cost $16.99 for Kindle versions and $31.99 for hardcopies.