D'Amico Kitchen (see attached menu) opens on the 24th and will have a street-level patio area, a rooftop bar, and a lounge area with a DJ on weekends. There will be live entertainment and lots of stuff to get groovy to and the best news is that Doug Flicker will be working the line during the opening. This guy is a major league talent. John Occchiato has created a great menu and any restaurant where I can order suckling pig is A-OK in my book.
This link speaks for itself. Some of the names on here may shock and surprise you but from month to month many of the states most popular eateries end up on the warning side of this list. Restaurants so badly in arrears that they are no longer eligible for liquor deliveries, well that’s another matter. If you don’t pay your liquor taxes, that’s the risk you run, and I have to say that I have all the sympathy in the world for restaurants eeking out an existence in this crazy market, but if you ring up taxes on the register and fail to pass them on to the governing bodies who have entrusted you with the collection of those monies, beyond the typical sorts of delays that may excuse such behavior, well where I come from that’s stealing. The dollars collected as taxes are not the property of the business who collects them, they are the monies used to pay for teachers salaries, salting our roads, and for the extra cop on the beat.
As for the video I shot in Chicago, everyone is going to want to see the final product up now on aChicagoThing.com! Billy just posted three celebs today, and plans to post ONE new celeb interview EACH DAY until he arrives in Copenhagen on Oct. 2 with the Olympic Committee (and hopefully President Obama) for the official announcement that Chicago will be the home of the 2016 Olympics! Fingers crossed.