Vandal smashes 16 windows at Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden
A vandal with a hammer was caught on surveillance video smashing two glass doors and 16 windows at Lakeview sports bar Sheffield’s around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Block Club and multiple news reports. A customer who was at Sheffield’s that night told Eater Chicago that the man was banned about a month ago for bothering patrons while drunk. The man then returned to his nearby home to find a hammer and went back to the bar to break the glass. Owner Rivak “Rocky” Albazi, the bar’s owner, wrote in a text message that he’s reaching out to window installers and is not yet sure when the glass will be replaced.
NOLA-style spot Ina Mae celebrates Mardi Gras all month long
New Orleans-style soul food spot Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods is celebrating Mardi Gras all month long in Wicker Park with “flashy” decor, an absinthe lounge, and more, according to a rep. Inside the space, a “frozen daiquiri shop” offers five varieties such as the “Juicy Boi” (Cruzan Rum, mango, orange, pineapple, lemon, lime, grapefruit) in custom Mardi Gras cups ($9 for 10 ounces, $16 for 18 ounces). The lounge, located in the private dining space, offers absinthe cocktails and a traditional absinthe drip on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in February. In the five days leading up to Fat Tuesday, the restaurant is offering even more events and specials, including live blues music, po’boys, a burlesque show, and crawfish platters. Details and reservations are available online.
Iconic steakhouse Gene & Georgetti sues insurer after fire
Iconic River North steakhouse Gene & Georgetti filed a federal lawsuit against XL Insurance America last week, Crain’s reported. In the suit, the restaurant claims that the insurer has paid out far less than the losses incurred in an October grease fire — so far, it issued more than $450,000 to ownership group Club Gene & Georgetti. It also stipulates that XL must cover all costs due to fire damage and loss of business under the restaurant’s insurance policy, but doesn’t detail how much more money the group wants from the insurer. The city’s oldest steakhouse, Gene & Georgetti is slated to reopen in “early 2020.”
Vegan spot Fancy Plants kicks off week of anniversary events tonight
Vegan cafe Fancy Plants was too busy to throw a one-year anniversary party, so now it’s celebrating 13 months with a week of specials, events, and collaborations, according to owner Kevin Schuder. Festivities kick off tonight with vegan sushi and a performance from employee and beatboxer Yuri Basho Lane (“he’s a little bit ‘internet famous,’” Schuder wrote), and will go on to feature reggae and Caribbean food, live bluegrass and Southern fare, and jazz accompanied by a Japanese izakaya-style menu at 613 W. Briar Street. All the details are available in a lengthy Facebook post.
Burger chain Kuma’s Corner lures heavy metal royalty for summer bash
Local heavy metal burger chain Kuma’s Corner will throw a 15th anniversary bash this summer featuring a few major musical acts, including Chicago’s own Russian Circles, thrash metal pioneer Anthrax, the Atlas Moth, and Indian at Brands Park, 3529 N. Elston Avenue, reps wrote in a Facebook post. Organizers promise exclusive beers, cocktails, and plenty of Kuma’s “grub,” along with artists and vendors on June 27. Tickets go on sale Friday ($39 for general admission, $99 for VIP) at Kuma’s five locations and online.
Unofficial Disney ‘magical brunch’ to offer a boozy costume party for adults
And finally, park the kids in front of the iPad for yet another round of Frozen 2 and suit up for a boozy Disney-themed brunch pop-up for grownups in late May, according to a news release. The “Magical Brunch” isn’t officially affiliated with the media giant, but that hasn’t stopped organizers from making ample use of its intellectual property — the brunch will feature in-costume characters and renditions of classic Disney movie tunes. Attendees are encouraged to don costumes, too, and are promised a “high tea” menu, though there’s no explanation as to what that actually entails. Sign up on the event website for pre-release tickets and information, and check out the video below for a peek at what’s headed to Chicago on May 31.