A downtown restaurant and bar stalwart seems to be on the market
Longtime South Loop haunt Plymouth Restaurant & Bar and the building in which it sits at 327 S. Plymouth Court appear to be for sale, according to Chicago magazine. An @properties listing details the popular rooftop deck, the bi-level restaurant, and office space on the second and third floors. There’s no information about the price yet, and a sale may not mean the end of Plymouth, but South Loopers have reason to be worried — the neighborhood has seen significant redevelopment and construction in recent years, including the massive Old Main Post Office project on West Van Buren Street.
UPDATE: Though the building is up for sale, the Plymouth appears to be safe. Diamond Properties’s George Liakopoulos said the restaurant is staying, despite the listing.
A Japanese restaurant will raise funds for immigrant rights
Brian Mita, owner of popular Japanese pub Izakaya Mita, is throwing a dinner and fundraiser for migrants in detention. Created in collaboration with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) and the Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL), the fundraiser will be held Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1960 N. Damen Avenue. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the 2019 Freedom Summer Fund.
The lineup for Chicago’s first Welcome Conference goes public
Kevin Boehm (Boka Restaurant Group) and Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality Group) are bringing the enormous hospitality event to the Windy City, slated for September 23 at the Steppenwolf Theater in Lincoln Park. The lineup, reported by Food and Wine, lists four women. It includes Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group), Andrew Zimmern, Missy Robbins, Sean Feeny (Lilia, Misi), the gleefully unmasked Phil Vettel (Chicago Tribune), Ken Fredrickson (Tenzing Wine and Spirits), Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Tim King (Urban Prep Academics), Kevin Brown (Lettuce Entertain You), Maile Carpenter (Food Network Magazine), Belinda Chang (Maple & Ash), Boehm, and Madia.
A lauded Italian chef is serving game day fare at Wrigley Field
Venerated chef Tony Mantuano is up to bat at Wrigley Field’s annual Chef Series with a new menu of modern Italian dishes that starts today and runs through August 7 during home games at the Cubs’ ballpark in Wrigleyville. Game day options include a ‘nduja sausage (roasted onion, peppers, arugula, potato bun), grilled Mortadella steak (giardiniera, provolone, mayo, focaccia), and watermelon salad (Pecorino Romano, candied pistachio, controne pepper, basil, lemon juice, olive oil).
One of Chicago’s oldest pizzerias is back open after a run-in with a state agency
And finally, Pete’s Pizza locations in Edgewater and North Center made headlines this week when they closed due to what management described as ‘computer issues,’ but police said it was a state investigation, Block Club reported. The closures were due to an issue with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), according to the Loyola Phoenix, but taxpayer confidentiality laws prevent most details from being released. Both locations are now back open.