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Ina’s to close at year’s end as Pinkney retires

On the eve of the publication of her first cookbook, Breakfast Queen Ina Pinkney has announced that she’ll be hanging up her pancake turner and sleeping in late after the end of this year. Her namesake West Loop restaurant, Ina’s, famed for its morning fare, will remain open till Dec. 31. “Life is like baking […]

Farewell, West Town Tavern, La Creperie

Restaurants come and restaurants go. Research shows that about 60 percent of eateries don’t make it even a year. Restaurateurs also change concepts, retire without successors, suffer disasters and lose their leases. We’re very sad, though, when long established favorites shut their doors. Chicago is losing two more places that will be sorely missed. La […]

City Provisions Delicatessen closes

Restaurants usually don’t send out press releases when they close, but Cleetus Friedman, unique in this as he has been in everything, has sent out the sad notice that he closed his Lincoln Square delicatessen, City Provisions, yesterday. Friedman wrote: While I gave everything I had every day of the week to all of my […]

Carlos’ closing after 30 years

After celebrating its 30th anniversary, Carlos’ Restaurant in Highland Park will close New Year’s Day. Carlos and Debbie Nieto’s venerable North Shore restaurant will reopen sometime thereafter as a new concept called Nieto’s. Meanwhile, a variety of events will allow patrons to say farewell to the old Carlos. Throughout November, special menus revive greatest hits […]

‘Porgy and Bess’: Controversial masterpiece worth a new look

Musically, thematically and theatrically, the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” has been a controversial work since its first 1935 production. The passing of time, as well as deft staging and glorious performances, make Court Theatre’s new production incontrovertibly excellent.

Remembering happier days at the now-closed Red Light

  The times, they are a’ changing. In this 1996 Dining Chicago video, Chef Michael Kornick (since gone on to his namesake mk and DMK Burger Bar) tells David Lissner about what was then the hottest new restaurant in the trendy Market District. Red Light closed in late March, reportedly due to liquor-license issues, and […]

Leah’s Notebook: Comings, goings, this and that

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANNY’S! On this day in 1942, Jack Raskin opened what was to become Chicago’s foremost delicatessen, Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli in the South Loop. Going stronger than ever, Manny’s is now run by Jack’s grandson Ken and great-grandsons Danny and Matt Raskin. PUBURBAN NEWS. Bob McCullough’s Pub & Billiards has opened in […]

Eat this! Don Roth’s Blackhawk salad dressing to go on spinning

What it is: The spinning-bowl salad is a signature of Don Roth’s Blackhawk in Wheeling, which is slated to close Dec. 31, ending a line of restaurants launched in 1938. Since 1952, servers have been pouring dressing over a whirling bowl of greens and reciting: This is our famous Blackhawk spinning salad bowl consisting of […]

So long, spinning salad bowl! Don Roth’s Blackhawk to close

I was so sad to see the news that Don Roth’s Blackhawk in Wheeling will close forever after serving dinner on New Year’s Eve. On Monday, owner Ann Roth, Don’s widow, announced the closing: “With my 90th birthday on the horizon and none of my children in a position to assume responsibility for the family […]