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Highly Anticipated West Loop Food Hall Adds Korean and Indian Street Food Vendors

Plus, celebrity ex-porn star Mia Khalifa got engaged at a Chicago restaurant and more intel

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Highly-anticipated West Loop food halls unveils more vendors

Politan Row, the New Orleans-based food hall slated to open in May in the McDonald’s Headquarters building on Randolph Row, announced three more vendors. Korean spot Piko Street Kitchen, Logan Square coffeeshop Passion House Coffee Roasters, and Indian street-food spot Thattu will join previously-announced vendors including Floriole and Bumbu Roux, the Tribune reports.

A celebrity ex-porn star got engaged at Smyth

Ex-porn star turned celebrity sports commentator Mia Khalifa continued her love affair with Smyth by celebrating a major life milestone there. Khalifa got engaged last weekend at the acclaimed West Loop fine dining restaurant, where L.A. chef boyfriend Robert Sandberg popped the question by hiding the ring “in a bowl of dried ingredients.” Khalifa also dined solo at Smyth twice in one week last September.

A Northwest Side brewpub hotspot unveils brunch

Hotspot Albany Park brewpub Twisted Hippo unveiled brunch service last weekend. The new Saturday and Sunday daytime menu includes an avocado tartine, breakfast burger, and biscuits and gravy.

Food options near the United Center get dissed by some basketball fans

The Big Ten basketball tournament is underway in Chicago and some out-of-town fans are not happy with the food options near the United Center. The IndyStar reports that some fans would rather be in Indianapolis, where the tournament used to take place, even quoting one saying “mainly when we have to leave between sessions, in order to get to a place to grab food, it’s a long way and they’re very crowded.” The United Center started offering new food specials for the tournament including Honey Butter Fried Chicken’s fried French toast sticks and chicken as well as a Bloody Mary garnished with a Chicago-style hot dog.

A legendary Wrigleyville bartender passed away

And finally, legendary Wrigleyville bartender Floyd Saunders, who worked at the Wrigleyville Tap for decades and who the Metro owner Joe Shanahan called “the patron saint of Clark Street,” passed away at 92, the Sun-Times reports. Saunders befriended everyone from rock stars to Cubs fans during his time at the bar at 3724 N. Clark Street, which now houses Full Shilling Public House.

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Twisted Hippo

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