Lakeview’s the Diag and 404 Wine Bar are closing after 10 years
It’s a cruel summer for fans of beer, wine, and University of Michigan sports in West Lakeview. The Diag Bar and Grill and 404 Wine Bar, sister spots on the Southport corridor from popular bar group Big Onion Tavern Group, both announced they will close on August 4 after 10 years in business at 2852-2856 N. Southport Avenue. The Diag was extremely popular with Wolverine fans, while 404, which underwent a renovation in 2014, was a relaxed and sophisticated spot for wine and small plates by a fireplace. Big Onion is closing them to “take our company in another direction,” according to social media announcements.
A go-kart and mini golf pop-up with themed cocktail bars is coming
Chicagoans will be able to ride go-karts, play mini golf, sip drinks from themed cocktail bars, and eat food from food trucks at a new pop-up in two weeks. Neon Summer, from the people behind popular pop-ups Jack’s Pumpkin Nights and Frosty’s Christmas Bar, will open at 1465 N. Elston Avenue on August 1, according to a news release. Tickets start at $15 and will soon be available on its website.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Pretty Cool Ice Cream pop up at Wrigley Field this weekend
Cubs fans will be able to eat food from Honey Butter Fried Chicken, the acclaimed Avondale restaurant that’s a fixture of the Eater Chicago 38, and popular Logan Square ice cream spot Pretty Cool Ice Cream during the next installment of the chefs’ series at Wrigley Field starting today. Honey Butter will offer chicken strips, chicken nachos, chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, while Pretty Cool has vanilla ice cream in a popping chocolate shell with sprinkles and sparkles as well as a treat made with ice-cold blue lemonade. Both spots will be at Wrigley from July 12-17 and 19-21.
28-year-old female-owned River North steakhouse changes hands
Kinzie Chophouse, which has been open for 28 years at 400 N. Wells Street in River North and touts itself as the only female owned steakhouse in Chicago, now has new ownership. Susan Frasca sold the restaurant to another woman and her husband — Anastasia Nicole Flevaris and Andreas Tsakonas — she announced on social media. “They will continue to carry on the legacy of Kinzie Chophouse and have every intention of keeping it the same wonderful neighborhood steakhouse it has been for 28 years,” the post reads.
Opening of Bucktown/Wicker Park’s new South American haven is delayed
The opening of Amaru, the South American restaurant from former Carnivale chef Rodolfo Cuadros on the Bucktown/Wicker Park border, is delayed. Originally slated to open today, it’s been pushed back to sometime next week, reps write. Stay tuned for menu details and take a look around in the meantime.
Tokyo brand famous for decadent wagyu sandwiches pops up in Chicago again
And finally, Tokyo’s Wagyumafia, the cult-favorite brand famous for its $180 wagyu sandwich, will hold three pop-ups in Chicago starting today in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You. Look for its $100 two-pound bowls of wagyu ramen at Ramen-San Fulton Market tonight, its $50 wagyu take on a Big Mac at Windy City Smokeout tomorrow, and its $250 wagyu cutlet sandwich at RPM Steak on Monday. Wagyumafia previously made headlines with a Chicago popup a year ago.
Update: This story has been updated to reflect that Neon Summer pushed its opening date back to August 1.