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Owners of Tiki Icon Lost Lake to Open New Bar in Chicago’s Latest Food Hall

Plus, Nobu Chicago developer sues builder amidst delays, and more morning news

A brown tiki cocktail inside a clear glass with the Lost Lake logo, colorful straws, and flower and herb garnishes.
The owners of Lost Lake will serve tike drinks inside Time Out Market.
Clayton Hauck/Lost Lake [Official Photo]

Lost Lake’s owners to open new ‘speakeasy’ bar in Chicago’s newest food hall

The people behind the newest food hall coming to Chicago have announced more updates — including the addition of a new bar from perhaps the most heralded cocktailer in Chicago. Lost Lake co-owners Paul McGee and Shelby Allison will open Secret Sound, which materials describe as a “speakeasy” bar with tiki drinks, on the second floor of Time Out Market, which is slated to open later this year at 916 W. Fulton Market. Other updates include the additions of an event kitchen and a demonstration kitchen — where Erick Williams, chef/owner of Eater National best new restaurant Virtue, will hold an “educational event series” — as well as bleacher seating and a pop-up area. Time Out Chicago has more on the latest news.

Here’s one reason why Nobu Chicago is so delayed

The six-year wait for heralded Japanese restaurant and hotel brand Nobu Chicago has frustrated many Chicagoans, leading many to question why its opening has been delayed multiple times. Here’s one reason: In a new lawsuit, its developer accuses its former contractor of lying about work done on the project, embezzling millions of dollars meant for construction costs, and not finishing work on it despite getting paid, Crain’s reports. An attorney for the construction company describes the suit as “premature, if not over-exaggerated.” Another contractor is reportedly now working on it and it’s slated to open in early 2020 at the earliest.

Local brewery icon Three Floyds sues similarly-named spiked beverage company

In more lawsuit news, iconic Northwest Indiana brewery Three Floyds has filed a federal suit against New Jersey-based Floyd’s Spiked Beverages, alleging customers confuse their names and logos, the Post-Tribune reports. Three Floyds’ attorneys allege that Floyd’s, which produces spiked lemonade and iced tea rather than beer, is capitalizing on the similar marketing.

Owner of popular twin Lakeview Mexican spots gets prison for tax evasion

And finally, an owner of popular twin Lakeview Mexican restaurants Cesar’s Killer Margaritas pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Wednesday and was subsequently sentenced to two years in prison and one year of unsupervised release, CBS2 reports. Sandra Sanchez reportedly used a “tax zapper,” which deletes records of cash sales and transactions, for three years to falsify more than $1 million of sales. The restaurants at 2924 N. Broadway and 3166 N. Clark Street appear to remain open.

Virtue

1462 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL

Lost Lake

3154 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 293-6048 Visit Website

Nobu Chicago

854 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 779-8800 Visit Website

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