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A $1,550-A-Year Private Members’ Club For Restaurant Regulars Just Raised $2 Million To Expand Around The Globe

Tom Murray | Business Insider | February 4, 2019 INHOUSE is not a concierge service, says the company’s founder Benjy Leibowitz: “That’s a word we’ve banned from our vocabulary.” While bookings are admittedly a big part of what they do, INHOUSE is a members’ club that attempts to bridge the invisible gap between industry insiders and diners who are

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Paul Virant Opening Japanese Restaurant In West Loop

Ari Bendersky | Crain’s Chicago Business | February 4, 2019 Paul Virant, who earned a Michelin star for his upscale Western Springs restaurant Vie and who later owned Perennial Virant, is opening a restaurant in the West Loop dedicated to a unique type of Japanese pancake called okonomiyaki. Virant, who was named Food & Wine

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The Acclaimed Team Behind Giant To Open A Bucktown Bar With Chinese-American Food

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | January 31, 2019 SVN Restaurant Resource Group’s Marcus Sullivan, Tim Rasmussen, and Shane Sackett represented the landlord in the transaction. The group behind Giant, one of Chicago’s essential restaurants, is planning to open a bar that will serve Chinese-American food in Bucktown. The project’s called Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar and its inspiration comes from the

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Chicago Food Trucks Take Beef With City To State’s High Court

Dana Vollmer | NPR Illinois | January 23, 2019 The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether Chicago’s regulations on food trucks unfairly stifle competition. A city ordinance bans food trucks from parking within 200 feet of the entrance to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. The city claims it protects property taxpayers who invest in their storefronts. Attorney Robert Frommer, who represents

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Lobster-Stuffed Nepalese Dumplings and Goat Steak Will Soon Arrive in West Town

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | January 14, 2019 SVN Restaurant Resource Group’s Marcus Sullivan and Tim Rasmussen represented the landlord in the transaction. Holidays will get special attention when Vajra, a new South Asian restaurant serving Indian and Nepalese food, opens in West Town. Imagine special tasting menus for Christmas, Mother’s Day, and holidays observed in South Asia

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Get a Year’s Worth of Sugar at JoJo’s Milk Bar

Anthony Todd | Chicago Magazine | January 11, 2019 River North dining can get, well, a little repetitive. As Robbie Schloss, owner of the forthcoming JoJo’s Milk Bar (23 W. Hubbard St.): “You get a lot of the same stale concepts that are copies of each other, plus transplants from Miami and Vegas. We don’t want to fit

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Chicago’s Restaurant Boom Has Caused A Kitchen Labor Crunch, And Small Operators Feel Especially Squeezed

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz | Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2018 New Years Eve last year found Mary Mastricola in a bind. She had booked 80 people for a four-course prix fixe dinner at La Petite Folie, her French restaurant in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. But with two employees recently resigned and others unavailable to work the holiday, there was almost

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Emanuel On James Beard Awards, Food Industry And Tourism In Chicago

Meredith Melland | WGN Chicago | December 10, 2018 CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the James Beard Awards, the “Oscars of the food industry,” will extend its run in Chicago through 2027. Emanuel joined WGN Morning News in studio Monday morning to talk about the impact of the Beard Awards on Chicago, the city’s growing food and entertainment sectors

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Pop-Ups Expected To Grow In Chicago Thanks To New Licensing System

Ravi Baichwal | ABC 7 Chicago | December 3, 2018 Watch for more pop-up restaurants, stores and services across Chicago. The city unveiled a new licensing system Monday to make it easier for micro-businesses to open. It’s a way to cultivate entrepreneurship in the city’s diverse neighborhoods. At the corner of 79th and Woodlawn sits a community hub bursting

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Tock Raises $9.5 Million, Led By Valor, Origin

John Pletz | Crain’s Chicago Business | November 28, 2018 Tock, a Chicago maker of restaurant-reservation software, is sticking around for a third course. Even as consolidation has claimed other rivals to OpenTable—such as Reserve, which recently was acquired by Resy—Tock marches on. The four-year-old company raised $9.5 million in its third round of funding. The deal was

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