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A Michelin-Starred Chef Offers Heartfelt Advice to Would-Be Restaurant Owners

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Plus, the fifth-annual Black Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday, and more intel

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EL Ideas’s Philip Foss has a lot to say about opening a restaurant.
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EL Ideas’s Philip Foss divulges what he wishes he’d known before opening a restaurant

Fanciful would-be restaurateurs take note: running a food or drink establishment is hard, and one should probably get a therapist at the outset, according to Philip Foss of Michelin-starred EL Ideas. In an essay for the Takeout, he details what he wishes he’d known before opening a restaurant, from ditching the notion of a shoestring budget to the all-consuming nature of the business. Suffice to say, throwing an awesome dinner party does not necessarily a restaurateur make.

Fifth-annual Black Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday

More than 30 restaurants, caterers, and food and beverage vendors are slated to join in the fifth annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week, which kicks off Sunday, the Trib reported. Details on menus and deals aren’t yet available, but organizers will update the official website and Facebook page. Participating black-owned businesses include Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Mikkey’s Retro Grill, and Phlavz Bar & Grill, with a running list available online.

Pilsen Gourmet to celebrate Latino chefs before first ever Pilsen Restaurant Week

Pilsen Gourmet — an event from the team behind annual neighborhood festival Pilsen Fest — will bring more than 20 restaurants together to celebrate some of the city’s best Latino chefs this month, according to Block Club. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 29, ticket holders can check out a chef demo from Eater Chicago’s 2018 Chef of the Year Diana Dávila (Mi Tocaya Antojeria), cocktails, beer, and treats from 5 Rabanitos, La Luna, Yvolina’s Tamales, and Taquería Sabor Y Sazón at 1647 S. Blue Island Avenue. The first-ever Pilsen Restaurant Week kicks off the next day and runs through March 7 — stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants.

West Town pasta restaurant Kickstarter brings in $19K

And finally, the tally is in on Wilson Bauer (Schwa) and partner Alice Richter’s fundraising Kickstarter for their forthcoming West Town pasta spot Flour Power: the pair blew past their initial goal of $12,000 to ultimately raise $19,240 thanks to 97 backers. Bauer and Richter hope to open the restaurant in late February or early March at 1642 W. Chicago Avenue. They promise a rotating daily menu featuring handmade pasta and sauces based on traditional Italian techniques.

Taqueria Sabor Y Sazon

2018 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 226-8829 Visit Website

Phlavz Bar & Grille

717 West Maxwell Street, , IL 60607 (773) 717-7979 Visit Website

Mikkey's Retro Grill

5319 South Hyde Park Boulevard, , IL 60615 (773) 675-8525 Visit Website

Luella's Southern Kitchen

4609 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 961-8196 Visit Website

La Luna

1726 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 Visit Website

Yvolinas Tamales

814 West 18th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 731-3167 Visit Website

EL ideas

2419 West 14th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-8144 Visit Website

Mi Tocaya Antojeria

2800 W Logan blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (872) 315-3947 Visit Website

5 Rabanitos

1758 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 285-2710 Visit Website

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