The Debriefing: This week's bar and restaurant news

The Rancic's RPM Italian takes reservations, Chicago Restaurant Week begins Goose Island 312 now in cans and more

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February 17, 2012|By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt | RedEye

RPM Italian now taking reservations
Though an official opening date has not been announced, we put a call in to the much-buzzed-about Italian eatery from the Rancics (yes, Giuliana and Bill) and Melmans (Lettuce Entertain You) and found that reservations are now being accepted for Feb. 26 and beyond.

Publican Quality Meats starts sandwich service
Paul Kahan's long-awaited butcher shop launched a menu of six sandwiches on Monday, and trust us, they're delicious. It's dine-in only until Feb. 20, when carryout service begins.

Chicago Restaurant Week begins
The annual discount dining event started Feb. 17 and runs through Feb. 26. Read our guide for newbies, cruise for last-minute reservations or read up on what cocktails to try at 6 popular restaurants.  

Goose Island 312 cans revealed
We got our hands on a few of Goose Island's new 312 cans. We're loving the Chicago skyline design and the convenience factor.

Video game bar headed to Wicker Park
Love Streetfighter and beer? Your dreams are about to come true. A new video game bar, Emporium Arcade Bar, is slated to open sometime in March at 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., giving you just enough time to brush up on your Pacman skils.  

The Bongo Room heads to Andersonville
The owners of the immensely popular brunchery with locations in the South Loop and Wicker Park were slated to ink a deal on Feb. 24 for a third location at 5022 N. Clark St., set to open in early April.

Amanda Rockman talks dessert
Pastry chef Amanda Rockman gave us the scoop on four desserts she has dreamed up for Balena, the Italian-inspired restaurant in Lincoln Park opening soon thanks to a collaboration between The Bristol and Boka Restaurant Group.

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