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#251 Post by John Danza » May 29th, 2015, 10:33 am

Paul Miller wrote:The ramen noodle craze finally hit close to me. Strings opened on Halsted (almost next door to Balena and across the street from Steppenwolf). Finally went this weekend. Very tasty, and BYOB. No corkage, but you might want to bring your own stems.

Strings Ramen 2
1629 N. Halsted St.
312-624-9604
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Recommended dishes: Lobster shio ramen, kuro buta yakisoba, miso ramen
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#252 Post by Dan.Gord0n » May 29th, 2015, 1:01 pm

John Danza wrote:
Art K u o wrote:just went to a few restaurants in chicago last week:

boarding house: byo ok, forgot corkage charge, $20 or $50
grace: no more byo
GT Fish and Oyster: Byo ok, $50/btl 2btl max
Maybe it's just me, but a corkage fee of $50/bottle is saying "BYOB is not ok".
If you are not at the highest level of cuisine and price in Chicago, $50 is a big FU to corkage in my opinion (Trotters was $50 I think and that seemed right, as it would at Alinea or Grace, etc. now). I really like GT Fish and have probably eaten there 20 times or more and have brought wine on many of those occasions and been charged either nothing or something more like $20 or $25 which I thought was ok (similar to Boka in the past). Maybe they were having issues with it or it is becoming more of a trend to jack up corkage fees. Bad trend for us then if so as Chicago was generally pretty friendly.

Interesting that for a matter of $25 they would seemingly "alienate" a group of diners (though small) and lose that business. Given that I mostly see people with beer, mixed drinks or a glass of wine there as opposed to expensive bottles, I wonder whether their average table of two is even spending $50 on drinks over the course of dinner.

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#253 Post by Paul Miller » May 29th, 2015, 4:18 pm

John Danza wrote:
Paul Miller wrote:The ramen noodle craze finally hit close to me. Strings opened on Halsted (almost next door to Balena and across the street from Steppenwolf). Finally went this weekend. Very tasty, and BYOB. No corkage, but you might want to bring your own stems.

Strings Ramen 2
1629 N. Halsted St.
312-624-9604
ramenchicago.com
Recommended dishes: Lobster shio ramen, kuro buta yakisoba, miso ramen
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Tribune review of ramen noodle places: http://fw.to/mZ3oNq

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#254 Post by Jay Carroll » June 10th, 2015, 8:04 am

E&O Food and Drink
125 Randhurst Village Drive
Mt Prospect, IL

Decent food, stems ok, $15 corkage

http://www.eofoodanddrink.com/
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#255 Post by Corey N. » June 10th, 2015, 8:14 am

Urban Belly (Sunday Only)
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 583-0500
www.urbanbellychicago.com/

Restaurant provides small juice glasses as stemware -- bring your own.
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#256 Post by Paul Miller » June 10th, 2015, 8:39 am

As a follow-up to Goosefoot, I spoke to some friends who went there recently. Yes, it is $10/person corkage. BUT, they opened a small shop next door that sells wine. If you buy a bottle from their shop, they waive corkage. One friend went with a group of about a dozen people, and wine was overflowing, but they also bought one bottle next door, and corkage was waived for the table. Said they have some decent wines at some decent prices in the shop, and they try to make sure that when you get the pairing suggestions, you could cover your bases next door in the shop.

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#257 Post by David K o l i n » June 10th, 2015, 11:28 am

Corey N. wrote:Urban Belly (Sunday Only)
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 583-0500
http://www.urbanbellychicago.com/

Restaurant provides small juice glasses as stemware -- bring your own.

Sunday only now? The used to permit it all the time

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#258 Post by Corey N. » June 10th, 2015, 11:41 am

David K o l i n wrote:
Corey N. wrote:Urban Belly (Sunday Only)
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 583-0500
http://www.urbanbellychicago.com/

Restaurant provides small juice glasses as stemware -- bring your own.

Sunday only now? The used to permit it all the time
What part of Sunday only don't you understand?

(yes, per the website...went there Sunday and it was maybe 1/2 full)
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#259 Post by John Danza » June 11th, 2015, 6:33 am

Corey N. wrote:Urban Belly (Sunday Only)
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 583-0500
http://www.urbanbellychicago.com/

Restaurant provides small juice glasses as stemware -- bring your own.
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#260 Post by Corey N. » June 11th, 2015, 7:35 am

John, thank you again for your service. It's been very helpful.
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#261 Post by John Danza » June 11th, 2015, 12:17 pm

Corey N. wrote:John, thank you again for your service. It's been very helpful.
You guys are doing most of the work, finding these places for all of us. So thank you!
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#262 Post by Jay Carroll » June 15th, 2015, 4:27 pm

John- has this list become Chicago only?? Or am I just on your pay no mind list?? [wow.gif]

I have added a couple but they don't seem to make the list- am I not formatting properly?

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#263 Post by John Danza » June 15th, 2015, 11:32 pm

Jay Carroll wrote:John- has this list become Chicago only?? Or am I just on your pay no mind list?? [wow.gif]

I have added a couple but they don't seem to make the list- am I not formatting properly?

Just curious. Thanks
Hi Jay,

I'm sorry, I just missed them. I try to keep on top of them but may miss updates on occasion. Thanks for pointing them out. I went back the last couple of pages and added Near and E&O. Let me know if I missed any others you put on the thread. BTW, you don't have to do any particular formatting, as long as you provide the basic info about the restaurant. I reformat the info when I add the place to the list on page 1.

The list is definitely Chicagoland, not just in the city. I initially thought to keep the list to places that charge $15 and under for corkage, or they have a corkage-free day, as I thought that a corkage above $15 is not much of a BYOB-friendly environment. But I'm just the keeper of the list and this list is for everyone, so if the preference amongst those posting is that there should be a different threshold, sound off here and that's what we'll do. I'm just the scribe.

Thanks much for the updates.

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#264 Post by Jay Carroll » July 6th, 2015, 5:08 am

John- I think that any and all corkage policies should be posted- the recent note about GT Fish was very helpful- and $50 is hardly BYO friendly. I think $25 is not bad at all- in fact having dinner at Sepia this Thursday. They are $25, can't be on the list and one bottle only.
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#265 Post by Michael Klein » August 5th, 2015, 2:29 pm

Ugh, I tried Bistro Dre last week and it was easily the worst meal I've had in many years in CHicago. Went for Pre-fixe and the steak was absolutely burned to a crisp. literally tasted like gasoline. The lobster bisque had no lobster. The "crepe" for desert came from a package and was filled with presumably whipped cream from a can. Just a disgrace.

Chez Simo, Chez Moi, etc....all MUCH better options!!!

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#266 Post by John Danza » August 5th, 2015, 9:06 pm

Michael Klein wrote:Ugh, I tried Bistro Dre last week and it was easily the worst meal I've had in many years in CHicago. Went for Pre-fixe and the steak was absolutely burned to a crisp. literally tasted like gasoline. The lobster bisque had no lobster. The "crepe" for desert came from a package and was filled with presumably whipped cream from a can. Just a disgrace.

Chez Simo, Chez Moi, etc....all MUCH better options!!!

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That's really unfortunate Michael, as I've always loved Bistro Dre. I don't think they produce their best experience with the pre-fixe, for some reason.

On Chez Simo, I totally agree. It's a great place.
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#267 Post by Michael Klein » August 20th, 2015, 11:44 am

Just to add to this conversation as well....

Most of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants (except intro, tru, RPM steak/italian) only charge $20 corkage.

There may be exceptions to the rule, but I know this is for sure the case at Shaw's and at Wildfire, both of which are fantastic IMO and even better when you don't have to buy their mediocre wine for a high markup.

Other additions I would make are:

- Bite Cafe - Our Favorite BYOB. Bring Stemware. If you are looking for a great BYOB burger spot, this is it. That being said, its not really a "burger" place. We've had almost everything on the menu and nothing disappoints. Great deserts. Brunch is also fantastic. Their specials never disappoint. Try the shrimp and grits. So good.

- Thai Linda (roscoe village) - not kidding. It's run of the mill thai food, but if you live in the roscoe village area, its pretty solid for what it is. My fiancee and I are usually the only ones who go eat there, but they do a ton of delivery/carry out. You can then go down the street to Lush on roscoe and buy a bottle at retail and drink at the store.

- Fahlstroms - $5 corkage I believe. It's the same deal as Glenn's diner. Howard's wine shop is also next door, so pick up a great bottle there>head to fahlstroms>profit.

- Art of Pizza - All BYOB. Great pizza. Toss up for me between this and Lou's as my Chicago Deep Dish Favorite.

- Belly Shack - All BYOB - I go back and forth on this place, but more often than not I am pleased. Bill Kim. Asian fusion, or whatever you'd like to call it. Under the blue line at western.

I'll also add that we had an amazing dinner at El Ideas. I may be biased since I got engaged that night, but it was fantastic. Super wine service, quality glassware, etc. Pro tip, get there early, get the first table since it'll pretty much be your choice if you get there first, especially if a twosome.

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#268 Post by Ben J. » August 21st, 2015, 11:15 am

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#269 Post by Michael Klein » August 30th, 2015, 9:56 am

I'll add The Publican as well to the $20 corkage list. Was there last night, excellent meal. No stems though.

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#270 Post by John Danza » August 30th, 2015, 4:49 pm

Ben J. wrote:BrownTrout closes on 8/30 [swoon.gif]
Sorry guys, I'm running behind. I've removed Brown Trout and will add the ones Michael noted shortly.
Michael Klein wrote:I'll add The Publican as well to the $20 corkage list. Was there last night, excellent meal. No stems though.
Michael, what does $20 get you if there are no stems? Seems pretty steep for no glassware.
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#271 Post by Mike Lindauer » August 31st, 2015, 10:49 am

Thanks to all contributors and compiler(s). Chicago is very fortunate to have so many good BYOB options. I do think it's important to post as much info as possible, even the high corkage fee places. Always better to know ahead of time.

Two more to add, though they are private clubs, owned by ClubCorp.
$25 corkage fee, but they will decant (if asked) and serve in nice glassware.

Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive , Willis Tower, 67th Floor , Chicago , IL , 60606
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Metropoli ... ces/Dining

Mid-America Club in the Aeon Building
200 East Randolph Drive , 80th Floor , Chicago , IL , 60601
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Mid-Ameri ... ces/Dining

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#272 Post by NAdell » September 28th, 2015, 11:16 am

Some recent experiences:

90 Miles Cuban Cafe
BYOB, no corkage.
No corkscrew, plastic glasses, but fun to enjoy outside.


Shaw's
$25 corkage, some gems on the list and being hand-sold.


Two
Grand just east of Ogden
$25 corkage, good glassware and decanted.


MK
May or may not have waived a $35 corkage fee as we bought another bottle.
Decanted and excellent glassware.


Kinzie Chophouse
As usual, BYOB and no corkage fee.
Decent glassware. Not an awful list either.

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#273 Post by David K o l i n » September 28th, 2015, 12:52 pm

Mike Lindauer wrote:Thanks to all contributors and compiler(s). Chicago is very fortunate to have so many good BYOB options. I do think it's important to post as much info as possible, even the high corkage fee places.
If one is into high corkage, La Sardine on the 100 block of N Carpenter. 50 Simoleons.

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#274 Post by Corey N. » September 28th, 2015, 1:42 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
Mike Lindauer wrote:Thanks to all contributors and compiler(s). Chicago is very fortunate to have so many good BYOB options. I do think it's important to post as much info as possible, even the high corkage fee places.
If one is into high corkage, La Sardine on the 100 block of N Carpenter. 50 Simoleons.
That's insane, especially for that level of restaurant.

I'm heading to George Trois in a couple weeks; will be interested to see what the wine program is like.
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#275 Post by John Danza » September 28th, 2015, 2:42 pm

Corey N. wrote:I'm heading to George Trois in a couple weeks; will be interested to see what the wine program is like.
Corey, I was at Michael's for a luncheon a couple of weeks ago and Michael showed us the room. It's really nice. As for the wine program, he has access to a very large, very high end local private cellar, so the selection should be great. I wouldn't expect to BYO however without checking first.
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#276 Post by Corey N. » September 28th, 2015, 2:45 pm

Thanks John.

I know that GIII (my abbreviation) is supposed to be fairly upscale, but I will try to take cellphone pics of the food, provided that it doesn't seem too unseemly. At any rate, I'll be writing up a full report.
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#277 Post by John Danza » October 8th, 2015, 7:54 am

Sorry all, I'm behind on getting updates done. I'll get the last few recommendations put up by the end of the weekend.

I tried both Bite Cafe and 90 Miles Cuban Cafe within the past week:

Bite Cafe was great. Excellent food and a neat little atmosphere. Fried oysters and grits were tremendous.

90 Miles Cuban Cafe had excellent food. However, I went on a Tuesday night when the have flamenco dancing. I'll never do that again. The heel stomping was so loud that my left ear drum still hurts a week later. The dancers use a hollow wooden platform with open sides that seems like it's designed to amplify the sound. Way to loud and stacato for that space. So go for the food, but stay away on Tuesday night.
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#278 Post by Corey N. » October 8th, 2015, 8:00 am

John FYI only, there are two locations of 90 Miles, one on Clyborn and the other on Armitage (have only been to the latter).
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#279 Post by John Danza » October 8th, 2015, 12:00 pm

Corey N. wrote:John FYI only, there are two locations of 90 Miles, one on Clyborn and the other on Armitage (have only been to the latter).
Corey, I was at the one on Armitage. The one on Clyborn looks like mostly a take-out place, or at least that's what I came away with from their website.
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#280 Post by David K o l i n » October 8th, 2015, 12:08 pm

It is pretty small. It didn't think that it seemed like the right location for flamenco

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#281 Post by Matt Fleming » October 13th, 2015, 6:47 pm

Recent update on goosefoot. Slightly different format, but mostly notable for the new price of $220 per diner.

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#282 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » October 13th, 2015, 6:53 pm

Matt Fleming wrote:Recent update on goosefoot. Slightly different format, but mostly notable for the new price of $220 per diner.
Really? Our dinner there 2 weeks ago was $135 per head (+ corkage, tax and tip). That's a HUGE increase.

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#283 Post by Paul Miller » October 13th, 2015, 7:01 pm

Another BYOB to add is Cozy Noodles on Sheffield, just south of Addison and Wrigley. Decent Thai. Small casual place. Lots of fun. Good if you need a place before a Cubs game.

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#284 Post by Dan.Gord0n » October 13th, 2015, 7:11 pm

Matt Fleming wrote:Recent update on goosefoot. Slightly different format, but mostly notable for the new price of $220 per diner.
Is this for a particular menu for a limited time or is it a permanent change? I read the email quickly but thought it was for a special menu....

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#285 Post by Corey N. » October 13th, 2015, 7:15 pm

Per the e-mail the meal will be "Twelve course chef table format all-inclusive $220, charged 2 weeks prior to your reservation, will include: chef table menu, service charge, still or sparkling water, coffee, tea and tax."

When you figure that the service charge + tax is part of the bill, the increase isn't THAT dramatic...amounts to a $167ish tab before tax (10.25%) and tip (20%).
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#286 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » October 13th, 2015, 7:35 pm

Yes, fair point... wasn't aware it included tax and tip (whereas the previous $135/9-course menu did not).

What about corkage, is that now included are remains additional to the $220?

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#287 Post by Corey N. » October 13th, 2015, 7:56 pm

Clayton, I didn't read the e-mail to include corkage. My presumption is that "service charge" = tip.
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#288 Post by MikeR » October 17th, 2015, 1:15 pm

We were at Goosefoot this past week and made our reservation for December for their new dining. The corkage will still be $10, unless you buy the wine at their store and it is then waived. The other thing Nina told us when we were there is they will not be able to accommodate no dairy, no seafood and vegetarian restrictions. Apparently people have quite had a lengthy laundry list of substitutions.

We live two blocks from the restaurant in Lincoln Square and feel at $220 all in exluding wine, it is still the best dining in Chicago. So we will still go every few months at this price. We even shop at their store to support a family business in the neighborhood. Nina and Chris also live in the area as well so they really are securing roots here....glad they are successful.
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#289 Post by Jay Carroll » December 16th, 2015, 12:17 pm

SLYCE Coal Fired Pizza Company
127 North Main Street
Wauconda, Illinois 60084
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If you are ever up this way- give this place a try. Very good pizza.
$15 corkage, stems are serviceable.
Can be a long wait sometimes for a table- they use the NoWait app- which is pretty slick.
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#290 Post by Michael Klein » December 16th, 2015, 2:07 pm

This looks to be a winner. "Cellar Night Sundays" at Intro :

http://introchicago.com/blog-custom/int ... -at-intro/


Has anyone been to Intro yet? I haven't and this will likely be what gets me in the door!

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#291 Post by John Danza » December 16th, 2015, 4:32 pm

Michael Klein wrote:This looks to be a winner. "Cellar Night Sundays" at Intro :

http://introchicago.com/blog-custom/int ... -at-intro/


Has anyone been to Intro yet? I haven't and this will likely be what gets me in the door!
I haven't been yet, but you can check out this thread on the LTH Forum to see what others have to say.

I'm not sure I would try it with the rotating chefs. The menu they have on the website is a yawner, IMHO.

I've added the Cellar Night Sundays to the list on page one.
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#292 Post by Jay Carroll » December 18th, 2015, 6:34 am

Another one- have to say the steak I had last night was really good!

$20 Corkage, no limit, stems are iffy but work.

Erie Café
536 W Erie St
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#293 Post by Paul Miller » December 19th, 2015, 3:42 pm

PSA: Not sure correct thread to post in, but Groupon is running a deal for Elizabeth.

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#294 Post by Siun o'Connell » December 19th, 2015, 5:12 pm

I've been to Intro (and posted in the LTH thread) - went for the first menu and loved it. In the lovely L2O room with superb staff (many remain from L2O days). I haven't had a chance to go back but am hoping to shortly as it was a really enjoyable evening. Nice to see the Cellar evenings option - that will get me back faster.

Thanks for the heads up on Erie Cafe - right near my office and haven't been yet. I can grab one of the bottles I ship via the office!

And a bit startled at the idea of a Groupon for Elizabeth ... that's worrisome esp given all her expansion plans.

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#295 Post by Michael Klein » January 4th, 2016, 9:23 am

Ate at intro last night for the no corkage night. It was PHENOMENAL. Amazing food, service, etc. Wine service for all our bottles was on point. Would recommend checking out the current menu before it is gone. The Lobster dish was out of this world.

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#296 Post by John Danza » January 4th, 2016, 2:26 pm

Michael Klein wrote:Ate at intro last night for the no corkage night. It was PHENOMENAL. Amazing food, service, etc. Wine service for all our bottles was on point. Would recommend checking out the current menu before it is gone. The Lobster dish was out of this world.
Was there a limitation on the number of bottles that could be brought per table?
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#297 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » January 4th, 2016, 2:28 pm

Intro could be a good candidate for a Sunday night offline.

Jessica Largey, the next chef up, is meant to be very very talented.

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#298 Post by Michael Klein » January 6th, 2016, 8:15 pm

No limitations on bottles and the wine service was fantastic. The one thing I'm wondering is if the Sunday night no corkage policy will change with the new Chef. Until then, a great choice.

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#299 Post by David K o l i n » January 17th, 2016, 1:31 pm

Another great meal at Intro last night for my wife's birthday. The hamachi sashimi/crudo in particular was world class.

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#300 Post by Michael Klein » January 19th, 2016, 3:22 pm

Any word on if the new sushi restaurant at intro (apparently a secret room through the kitchen...) will have the Sunday no corkage fee policy? that would have a champagne offline written all over it.

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