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Chicago Icon the Publican Will Start Lunch Service for the First Time

Plus, Chicago’s Michelin-starred brewpub announces a new chef and more intel

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Some of the Publican’s lunch dishes
Evan Jones [Official Photo]

The Publican starts serving lunch for the first time on Monday

Paul Kahan and company will roll out lunch service at perhaps their most iconic restaurant for the first time starting next week. The Publican’s lunch menu, which debuts Monday, April 29, includes a three-course “pub fixe” option for $25, the pub burger — Publican Anker had a burger but it’s now closed to become Cafe Cancale — plus menu favorites and new desserts. The full menu is available below. Block Club first reported it.

Chicago’s Michelin-starred brewpub announces its new chef

Band of Bohemia, Chicago’s Michelin-starred brewpub, has announced a new chef three months after its former chef Ian Davis left for a short-lived stint as co-executive chef at Entente. Soo Ahn, who has plentiful experience at Grace and El Ideas, is the new executive chef at the beer-focused Eater 38 mainstay in Ravenswood, according to a news release and the Tribune. The story also notes that Thomas Leonard is the new chef at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar in the Gold Coast.

Here’s which Chicago spot was named a GQ Best New Restaurant in America

Logan Square omakase darling Kyoten has another national accolade — GQ named it one of the Best New Restaurants in America this week. Chef Otto Phan’s sushi stalwart moved from Austin, Texas last year to pursue more recognition, most notably Michelin stars, and was also named a James Beard Award semifinalist.

Garrett Popcorn alleges a former employee stole secret recipes and more

Chicago icon Garrett Popcorn accused a former employee of stealing secret recipes, formulas, and trade secrets in a federal lawsuit, the Tribune reports. The company is fearful that their release “would be severely detrimental,” according to the suit, which seeks a restraining order to bar the ex-director of research and development from “using, possessing, or benefitting” from the information.

An Edgewater mainstay will be sold and close temporarily

And finally, decade-old Edgewater favorite Zanzibar Cafe will close on Memorial Day — temporarily — as the business will be sold, Edgeville Buzz reports. Two employees will purchase it and plan to keep the business similar but will probably change its name.


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Garrett Popcorn Shops

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The Publican

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Garrett Popcorn Shops

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Band of Bohemia

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Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

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