City shuts down South Side sandwich icon Taurus Flavors after car crash
South Side sandwich icon Taurus Flavors is officially closed just over three months after a car crashed into its building. The 53-year-old restaurant had been operating with one door while covered with spray-painted plywood since five days after the car crash on May 30 via a “Back Door Special” — serving pick-up sandwiches out the back door for call-in orders only — until the Chicago Building Department issued an inspection and shut it down on Thursday, the Sun-Times reports. Ownership, which opened the beloved shop in 1966 and was known for originating the line-inducing “Supreme Steak” sandwich and the “Hoagy Supreme” — which are among Eater Chicago’s iconic dishes and essential sandwiches — is waiting on an insurance claim and will have to work with the city before reopening.
Cooper’s Hawk reveals the opening date for first city of Chicago location
Uber-popular suburban winery restaurant chain Cooper’s Hawk has an opening date for its first city of Chicago location. Ownership hopes to open its largest location yet, at the three-floor former Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse space at 58 E. Oak Street in the Gold Coast, on November 11, the Tribune reports. Stay tuned for more details before the opening.
The Loop’s swanky new restaurant and piano bar starts serving dinner
Club 77, the new Loop restaurant and piano bar from the owner of Roscoe Village hotspot Le Sud and acclaimed chef Pat Sheerin, kicks off dinner service tonight after starting with breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. Check out the menu below. Ownership previously teased a dish with seared sea scallops, fried eggplant, crushed tofu, and mapo vinaigrette, as well as guajillo-braised pork shoulder with corn and masa polenta and roasted peach barbecue sauce. A two-course prix-fixe for theatre-goers that includes a glass of wine or cocktail is also slated to be on offer.
Spiaggia throwing last-hurrah dinner for ‘Top Chef’ champion Joe Flamm
And finally, with Top Chef champion Joe Flamm scheduled to exit Michelin-starred Spiaggia at the end of the month to open his own restaurant, ownership will hold a “Passing the Torch” dinner on September 21 to honor chef-owner Tony Mantuano’s previous “culinary dynasty” and to offer a sneak peek of the future under new executive chef Eric Lees. Reservations for the $200 tasting-menu dinner are going fast, but tables for later in the evening are currently available.