Grease fire shuts down Chicago’s oldest steakhouse
Chicago’s oldest steakhouse is closed temporarily following a fire over the weekend. A grease fire started in the kitchen on Saturday morning at Gene & Georgetti’s iconic original location in River North, according to multiple reports, causing flames to eventually shoot through the roof before Chicago firefighters extinguished the blaze shortly after. It resulted in no injuries and “no grave damage,” ownership said in a statement, and the restaurant, which originally opened in 1941, is closed “until further notice while we clean up and get ready to reopen.” Stay tuned for updates. Its newer Rosemont location remains open.
One of Chicago’s oldest hot dog stands reopens two weeks after closing
Meanwhile, one of Chicago’s oldest hot dog stands has unexpectedly reopened less than two weeks after it closed. Ownership of Johnny O’s reopened the venerable stand late last week “for a limited time only,” according to a Facebook post, but the adjoined liquor store remains closed. The business, which originally opened in 1959, could be open from anywhere between a month to permanently, Block Club reports.
A legendary NYC bar will take over one of Chicago’s best for two nights
Legendary New York City speakeasy-style bar Employees Only will take over one of Chicago’s essential bars for two days later this month. Its staff will be in town to serve many of the bar’s classic and signature drinks at Moneygun in the West Loop on October 20 and 21, a news release announces, as well as offer tarot card readings, burlesque performances, and its signature chicken soup. The event is first-come, first-served.
The internet-famous “Ramen Lord” to pop up next week at this restaurant
And finally, the internet-famous “Ramen Lord” aka Mike Satinover — will pop up at West Town’s fried chicken haven Split-Rail in one week. $20 tickets go on sale today at noon for the October 14 event, which will offer two of Satinover’s ramens in addition to Split-Rail’s nacho ramen. Satinover previously appeared at Baconfest this year too.