‘Time’ lauds Kumiko in West Loop
Kumiko, the charming Japanese bar and restaurant in the West Loop from star bartender Julia Momose and the team behind Michelin-starred Oriole picked up another accolade over the weekend. Time named the bar to its annual “World’s 100 Greatest Places” list. The magazine’s blurb didn’t dive too deep into what makes the bar special, but regulars are wowed by the omakase approach to drinking. It’s the second time Time has published such as list, which represents “new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life.” Kumiko is one of seven restaurants/bars in America on the list.
LA’s Night + Market is coming to Table, Donkey and Stick
Los Angeles’s Night + Market Thai restaurants have gained quite a reputation, and Night + Market Song in Silver Lake is among Eater LA’s essential restaurants. The restaurant and chef Samantha Quintero are coming to Chicago on Labor Day, popping up at Table, Donkey and Stick part of its Monday dinner series. Night + Market is coming Monday, September 2. As part of that series, chef Alisha Elenz of MFK today is throwing her own pop-up at the Logan Square restaurant. Walk-ins are encouraged, but reservations could be booked online for 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. seatings. Tables could also be reserved on the phone at (773) 486-8525.
Epic Burger expands meatless offerings to Beyond Sausages
Epic Burger, the fast-casual mini chain that’s been a pioneer in using halal meat and Beyond Meat, is at it again. After the success of its Beyond Burger, Epic is now launching the Beyond Brat starting today at its eight Chicago-area stores. It’s a limited-time offering, which often means it’s a beta to measure customer interest before deciding if it goes permanent. A Beyond brat will cost $7.99, according to a news release.
Logan Square’s dive bar Cole’s is selling its Lincoln art collection
The owner of Cole’s Bar (2338 N. Milwaukee Avenue), the divey spot for music and art in Logan Square, is selling his renowned art collection featuring Abraham Lincoln. Block Club Chicago reported owner Coleman Brice wants to donate the proceeds to an immigration rights group. He’s collected paintings and other artifacts featuring Lincoln since 2009. He’s apparently frustrated at President Trump’s immigration policies and wants support local groups that are affected. Details are at the link.