Neal Brown Goes Japanese in Indianapolis and More Chef News in the Midwest
In Indianapolis, Neal Brown (The Libertine) gave the city its first omakase-style Japanese restaurant, Ukiyo.
In Chicago, Small Cheval got a little bigger with a third outpost in Old Town. Brunch-centric Hutch took over the Cantina 1910 space in Andersonville. The Biscuit Man became the permanent food purveyor at The Long Room. Michael Sheerin became culinary director at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. Cosmo Goss (The Publican) is out at forthcoming Pacific Standard Time. Knead gives Wicker Park a new pizza spot next month. Matthias Merges (Billy Sunday) revealed the name, Mordecai, of his cocktail bar at the forthcoming Hotel Zachary in Wrigleyville. The folks behind Happy Camper and Homeslice are working on a restaurant in Wicker Park. January 24 is the last day for GreenRiver. Rockit Bar & Grill temporarily closed for renovations. De Cero became the West Loop’s latest closure. Mythos Greek Taverna has folded. Pastry Chef Elaine Townsend has joined Fat Rice and The Bakery at Fat Rice. Ender Oktayuren (World of Whirlpool) has joined Steadfast as executive chef.
In Detroit, when the renovated Detroit Club re-emerges later this month, it will contain a restaurant called the Grille Room. Jason Osburn is stepping down as sous chef at Gold Cash Gold to become executive chef at 1 Under.
In the Twin Cities, after Nye’s Polonaise ended its 66-year run in 2016, the brand re-emerges this week as Nye’s Piano Bar. 510 Lounge and Saguaro both called it quits.