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#751 Post by Michael Klein » June 23rd, 2020, 9:17 am

Had a wonderful dinner last Friday at Daisies. Found it very safe and it was beyond refreshing to go out.

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#752 Post by Nick Gangas » June 23rd, 2020, 3:34 pm

ok. My friend and partner is coming in town in 2 weeks. Trying to figure out where to go but don't know at this point who will even be open. I'd love to do sushi.

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#753 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » June 25th, 2020, 9:31 am

I’m staying out of restaurants for the time being. For one thing, I have a 3-year old who isn’t mature enough yet to comply with social distancing guidelines. So, a family meal would be stressful, at best. And as for going out with friends, I’d need to wade back into the babysitting pool, get in an Uber, and hope that the strangers I encounter while I’m out are being responsible. At this point, staying at home is a more appealing alternative.

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#754 Post by George Hejna » June 25th, 2020, 2:39 pm

Nick Gangas wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 3:34 pm
ok. My friend and partner is coming in town in 2 weeks. Trying to figure out where to go but don't know at this point who will even be open. I'd love to do sushi.
Mako is taking reservations. Omakase Yume is not yet.

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#755 Post by Nick Gangas » June 26th, 2020, 9:56 am

George Hejna wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Nick Gangas wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 3:34 pm
ok. My friend and partner is coming in town in 2 weeks. Trying to figure out where to go but don't know at this point who will even be open. I'd love to do sushi.
Mako is taking reservations. Omakase Yume is not yet.

George
Perfect.

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#756 Post by David K o l i n » June 26th, 2020, 10:08 am

Alinia is doing rooftop dining on Fulton Market starting on July 1 :-)

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#757 Post by George Hejna » June 26th, 2020, 11:14 am

David K o l i n wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 10:08 am
Alinia is doing rooftop dining on Fulton Market starting on July 1 :-)
Saw that - I wonder what the experience will be like? It is full Alinea price.

Bayless tweeting about a Toplobampo 2.0 also. No details yet.

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#758 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » June 26th, 2020, 11:31 am

Rain or shine according to Tock. I'm also interested to see, come fall, whether restaurants will manage to extend outdoor dining into the colder months.

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#759 Post by Siun o'Connell » June 26th, 2020, 1:56 pm

Staying in here as well... and this is not a restaurant suggestion but for Chicago folks, I just had a great experience skipping Instacart and using the Mercato service to order some really nice products from Local Foods. While not Flannery level, getting really great meats from Butcher & Larder ... at reasonable pricing too ... was just great. Ordered some fish from Dirk’s too which is less exciting but again better than Instacart esp with Eataly Instacart being really quite limited.

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#760 Post by George Hejna » June 26th, 2020, 4:15 pm

Love Butcher and Larder.

I know the Alinea meal is rain or shine. I want to know what they do if it is 90 degrees?

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#761 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » June 27th, 2020, 6:19 am

George Hejna wrote:
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Love Butcher and Larder.

I know the Alinea meal is rain or shine. I want to know what they do if it is 90 degrees?

George
Good point. It would be a bummer if the edible balloon melted on its way to your table.

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#762 Post by Mel Hill » June 27th, 2020, 7:18 am

slightly off topic but what happened between Rob and Butcher & Larder? I know he's at PQM now.

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#763 Post by Siun o'Connell » June 27th, 2020, 1:27 pm

I was wondering the same ... in everything I found it’s just presented as Publican invited him into their operation. I’ll check with my SIL and see if he knows.

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#764 Post by s.nellessen » June 29th, 2020, 6:27 am

Anyone have feedback on the constantly-sanitized indoor restaurant environment? Specifically concerned about noticeable chemical or chlorine smells messing up my BYO.
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#766 Post by Corey N. » June 29th, 2020, 5:42 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Blackbird is permanently closing.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... UJc1QS4ojo
That’s a shame. Wonderful food, but quite sterile.
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#767 Post by David K o l i n » June 29th, 2020, 6:26 pm

Corey N. wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 5:42 pm
David K o l i n wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Blackbird is permanently closing.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... UJc1QS4ojo
That’s a shame. Wonderful food, but quite sterile.
My favorite lunch in Chicago

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#768 Post by Siun o'Connell » June 29th, 2020, 6:30 pm

Oh no.


I heard Collichio estimating that we’ll lose 85% of restaurants by the time this is all done ...

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#769 Post by Keith A k e r s » June 30th, 2020, 4:07 am

David K o l i n wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Blackbird is permanently closing.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... UJc1QS4ojo

Sadly, it felt like it was a matter of time before a bigger named restaurant would close. Fat Rice imploded on itself, but this one is definitely sad.

It does make me wonder if they were bringing in a lot of income from the event space and now it’s just rent $$$$ being lit on fire.

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#770 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » June 30th, 2020, 6:26 am

I moved to Chicago in 2002. Coming from Ohio, the restaurants all seemed sophisticated. But looking back it’s hard to remember most of them. There was Trotter’s, Ambria, and Everest in the jacket-required category. Blackbird seemed to be in a category by itself. Sad.

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#771 Post by Corey N. » June 30th, 2020, 3:04 pm

Bad Hunter has closed. I'm sure many more will close in the coming months.

https://chicago.eater.com/2020/6/30/213 ... gan-square

I just saw Clever Rabbit and Trattoria No. 10 closed too. The latter is a blow...not that I went often, but it was connected to my office building by an underground tunnel. Feel bad for the many industry folks without jobs.
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#772 Post by Keith A k e r s » July 1st, 2020, 2:59 pm

NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same?

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#773 Post by Michael Klein » July 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am

Bite Cafe (UK village) is officially closing for good. Very sad. This was home base for my wife and I for the better part of the last 10 years. Brunches, dinners, shows next door at the Empty Bottle. This was my favorite all around BYO.

Silver lining is that opening in its place will be a Sicilian style pizza place by Noah Sandoval of Oriole.

Still a major bummer. f*ck Covid.

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#774 Post by George Hejna » July 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am

Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 2:59 pm
NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same?
Difficult to go backwards now that it is open unless data supports the ban.

Only time will tell. Hopefully the city can keep things going in a positive direction.

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#775 Post by Keith A k e r s » July 2nd, 2020, 10:12 am

George Hejna wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am
Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 2:59 pm
NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same?
Difficult to go backwards now that it is open unless data supports the ban.

Only time will tell. Hopefully the city can keep things going in a positive direction.

George

Agreed. Sadly I’m just not hopeful. I’ve walked past too many places where it looks like any other summer. It feels like dine in going away is inevitable before Labor Day.

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#776 Post by George Hejna » July 4th, 2020, 8:17 am

Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 10:12 am
George Hejna wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am
Keith A k e r s wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 2:59 pm
NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same?
Difficult to go backwards now that it is open unless data supports the ban.

Only time will tell. Hopefully the city can keep things going in a positive direction.

George

Agreed. Sadly I’m just not hopeful. I’ve walked past too many places where it looks like any other summer. It feels like dine in going away is inevitable before Labor Day.
You can't give people nice things..... [soap.gif]

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