Vegan Jewish bagel and more to replace popular Detroit-style pizzeria in Uptown
Chicago has far less Jewish delis than it used to, but a new one — which will be plant-based — is slated to open in Uptown in December. Popular vegan-friendly Detroit-style pizzeria Longacre, which opened in the space less than a year ago, is closing tomorrow to become two new plant-based restaurants — a Jewish bagel deli that should open on December 5 and a second yet-to-be-announced spot for a 2020 opening, Uptown Update reports. Stay tuned for more details.
City shuts down West Town’s Ron Swanson-obsessed restaurant
City officials on Wednesday shut down Ukrainian Village brunch and burger favorite WHISK. A large and green sticker on the window states the restaurant’s license has been revoked. WHISK co-owner Rick Rodriguez said he’s been behind in his bills dating back to when he closed his Logan Square restaurant, Son of a Butcher by WHISK. It’s not a certainty that the restaurant will reopen, but Rodriquez is hopeful it could open as early as next week. WHISK grabbed the spotlight for its obsession with Ron Swanson, the character that actor Nick Offerman played on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. WHISK opened in 2014.
Nashville hot chicken icon Hattie B’s extends Chicago pop-up
Chicagoans are so excited about Hattie B’s forthcoming pop-up that the Nashville hot chicken icon will extend its service. Originally slated to run from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on September 22 at Dove’s Luncheonette in Wicker Park, it now will also be open in the morning, running from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., a news release announces. Available dishes will include Nashville hot chicken plates ($12) and chicken sandwiches ($10), while the sandwiches will also be available at Big Star’s takeout window next door from noon until 10 p.m.
World’s largest rooftop bar now serves brunch
Patrons at Offshore on Navy Pier, which the Guinness Book of World Records certifies as the world’s largest rooftop bar, can now eat brunch there too. The elevated indoor-outdoor behemoth starts weekend brunch service tomorrow with a menu that includes smoked cheddar poutine, dark chocolate fondue, chicken chilaquiles verde, and items from its other menus, according to a news release. It’s available Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Finnish airline now serves Elske chef-owner’s food
And finally, business travelers on Finnish airline Finnair can now eat food from the chef-owner of Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant Elske. David Posey now helms the airline’s first “Signature Chef” menu, which parlays his Scandinavian heritage into Nordic-influenced dishes including a root vegetable appetizer and pork neck entree, a news release announces. It’s available to all business travelers on Finnair flights from Chicago to Helsinki until March 2021.