Alinea Group reveals name and rendering of long-awaited new spot
Nick Kokonas and the rest of the world-famous Alinea Group have teased the name and a rendering of new their long-awaited new restaurant on Fulton Market. It will be called the St. Clair Supper Club, according to a Kokonas tweet on Friday morning that was subsequently picked up by the Tribune, but the only other nuggets of information he’ll reveal at this time is that it’s “coming soon” and that it’s on Fulton Market on the same block as Next, the Aviary, and Roister. There’s speculation that the project was in the former Moto space which Alinea Group purchased back in January 2016. Kokonas hasn’t said much to media, but on the True West Loop Facebook group he posted that St. Clair isn’t at the space at 945 W. Fulton Market. Meanwhile there’s only bits and pieces from previous interviews including what Grant Achatz said in January 2018 that “our goal is to create a world-class music venue hand-in-hand with Alinea’s food.” Stay tuned for more details when they become available.
Woman dies after car crashes into South Side late-night restaurant
A woman who was eating inside Tony’s Philly Steak in Auburn Gresham early Sunday morning has sadly died after a car crashed into the restaurant and pinned her under it, according to multiple reports. An off-duty police officer was reportedly driving the car, who also caused a leg injury to another woman in the restaurant and a neck injury to himself, and has been arrested on for suspicion of DUI. There’s no further update at this time on the restaurant’s status.
Filipino-Cuban hotspot Bayan Ko to expand with new patio
Bayan Ko, the very popular North Side restaurant that serves Filipino and Cuban food, will unveil a new patio on Tuesday. The restaurant is one of the hottest reservations in town, but the patio should make it easier to snag a seat. Ownership is adding 14 seats, said co-owner and Toronto Raptors fan Lawrence Letrero. That’s a big deal as the indoor dining area seats just 30 people.
Popular Ukrainian Village Thai restaurant changes name
Tai Nang, the Thai restaurant the opened in July in Ukrainian Village, changed names to Thai Basil last week but is still under the same ownership. The name change was due to another restaurant with a similar name in another part of the country, said owner Sittipant “Ong” Satangmongkol. The other restaurant’s management emailed Satangmongkol. Thai Basil also recently added new seasonal menu items for its patio at 937 N. Damen Avenue.
An evening at ‘Hamilton’ with Rick Bayless to kick off Chicago Gourmet’s special events
And finally, organizers of this year’s Chicago Gourmet — the premier food festival in town — announced its VIP “encore” events highlighted by a $450 evening at Hamilton with Rick Bayless. Tickets are available here and the Tribune has a rundown of the week of events, happening around the city from September 24-29.