Racine Plumbing, a popular longtime Lincoln Park sports bar and grill, is closing
Lincoln Parkers have less than three weeks to say goodbye to a popular longtime sports bar and restaurant. Racine Plumbing, which has been and continues to be for sale at 2642 N. Lincoln Avenue, will hold a final party on April 13 when all drinks will be $4 before closing for good that night, owner Chris Owens writes, saying that he and his family are moving out of state after owning the bar for nine years. The bar, which is named for A.L. Racine’s West Loop plumbing business that was founded in 1892, is extremely popular with and held gameday watch parties and bus trips for fans of Notre Dame as well as New York teams the Giants, Yankees, and Mets, and served a menu of well-made pub food including an array of burgers.
Publican Anker closes to make way for a new One Off Hospitality restaurant
Publican Anker, the popular Wicker Park spinoff of One Off Hospitality’s essential Fulton Market restaurant, officially closed after brunch service yesterday. As previously reported, Paul Kahan and partners plan to open a new restaurant in its place that’s “unique to the city” in late spring or early summer. Stay tuned for more details.
Three Floyds will start selling its beer in cans soon
Iconic Indiana brewery Three Floyds will start selling cans for retail soon. The Tribune reports that Alpha King and Gumball Head will be the first of its uber-popular brews to become available in canned form, which will “most likely” go on sale in April in Illinois and other local markets.
Longtime Lakeview bakery and cafe starts fundraising to stay in business
A longtime Lakeview bakery and cafe is asking for financial help to stay afloat. Ownership of Panes Bread Cafe, which has been open since 1994 at 3002 N. Sheffield Avenue, started a GoFundMe, which reads in part that “insurance and taxes placed by the city of Chicago have hurt many small businesses, they are asking for any small or large donation in order to keep up with costs for the coming year.” It has raised $2,150 out of $5,000 at the time of this publication.
A taco-themed ‘interactive experience with larger-than-life installations’ is coming to Chicago
Try to prepare for a “world of taco inspired, colorful, fun, and interactive three-dimensional art installations.” That’s how Tacotopia’s website describes its traveling exhibit, which comes to Chicago in August as the third leg of a four-city tour. The “Goddess of Tacos,” an “an oversized bowl of foam Pico De Gallo,” and a taco teeter-totter are among the more than 20 interactive installations in the works. Tickets for the Chicago stop aren’t yet on sale, but more information is here.