One of Chicago’s few Bosnian restaurants closes after 30 years
Restaurant Sarajevo, one of the few Bosnian restaurants in Chicago, has closed for good after 30 years at 2701 W. Lawrence Avenue in Lincoln Square. Ownership, which has not yet responded to requests for more information, announced the news on Sunday on Facebook, simply writing that “It was an incredible journey. Thank you for: support, friendship, memories and appreciation of our family and culture for all those years.” The property had been for sale but is now listed as “no longer available,” so new ownership could take it over. The longtime BYOB was known for cevapcici and other Eastern European and Mediterranean specialties.
Three community groups protest Progress Bar’s rap ban
After controversy swirled around Progress Bar last week following ownership’s decision to ban rap, three community groups protested across the street from the Boystown bar on Sunday despite policy reversal. The Windy City Times has the story with videos of the protests.
River North hotspot starts serving lunch and brunch
New York-imported River North restaurant and happy hour hotspot the Smith continued towards its all-day ethos by launching lunch and brunch services last week. Both menus are available on its website and downtown eaters can be lunch ballers with a $115 seafood platter while salads and sandwiches mostly cost in the teens. Breakfast service is coming soon too.
Publican Quality Meats’ burger battles come back Tuesday with big names
And finally, Publican Quality Meats relaunches its popular burger battles series tomorrow. Attendees can try limited edition burgers every Tuesday throughout the summer from local culinary luminaries, including some spots that don’t usually make burgers such as Bayan Ko, Birrieria Zaragoza, Dana Cree of Pretty Cool Ice Cream, Lost Larson, and more. The full schedule and more information are available here.