RPM Italian and Au Cheval open, plus more restaurant and bar news

Openings, closings and more news in Chicago nightlife and dining

  • RPM Italian is now open in River North.
RPM Italian is now open in River North. (Courtesy of Anjali Pinto )
February 24, 2012|By Lisa Arnett

RPM Italian opens its doors
One reality TV couple + three famous siblings = one big scene. New Italian restaurant RPM, a joint collaboration between Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Lettuce Entertain You's Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod and Molly), opened this week in the old Ben Pao space in River North. There's old world inspiration when it comes to the menu, but the interior is seriously sleek.

Details released about Ada Street
After being pretty tight-lipped about his new project near Hideout, Michael Kornick opened up this week with more details about his third joint venture with David Morton (you have them to thank for Fish Bar and DMK Burger Bar). Read our story for more info.

Au Cheval fires up its grill
The much-anticipated sibling toMaude's Liquor Bar and Gilt Bar opened in the West Loop this week. Owner Brendan Sodikoff has been calling it his version of a diner, though the polished interior doesn't look like any diner we've sipped milkshakes in before.

Nellcote opening soon
To add to the West Loop buzz, Jared Van Camp's palace of pizza and pasta made with house-milled flour is now due to open next weekend. It'll be nice to see some action in the space that was Marche not too long ago.

Logan Square bartender takes the title
RedEye's Best Bartender competition wrapped this week, with Masa Azul bartender Jenny Kessler securing first place. Check out photos from the Feb. 22 competition party at Moe's Cantina in River North.

Sidecar Bar now open in Rogers Park
The opening of LGBT-centric bar Sidecar has some people wondering whether Rogers Park is Chicago's new gayborhood

Chicago Restaurant Week comes to a close
It's almost over, folks. Feb. 26 marks the close of Chicago Restaurant Week and all the $22 lunches and $33 dinners it brings.

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