Archive for May, 2009

Taking it to the streets: al fresco dining

Flowers in bloom, birds chirping and the temperatures warm enough to melt the iciest of hearts means it’s al fresco brunch time. Whether you’re catching up on your tan or you gambled all your money away and need to cry about it over a stack of french toast, here are a variety of outdoor dining options to shed some sunlight on the pit of despair better known as your life.

 

Party of Five at Duchamp? (image courtesy of Grace PR)

Party of Five at Duchamp? (image courtesy of Grace PR)

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Carmine’s wakes up and smells the brunch

Well, it’s about time! Looks like the ol’ Viagra Triangle restaurant still has it. After years of filling the plates and stomachs of countless patrons with monster sized portions of pasta, Carmine’s will finally begin serving weekend brunch starting Saturday, May 23 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Groupon brunch deal: $5 for a $20 brunch at Flatwater

Groupon, a website that negotiates bargain discounts with restaurants, is offering brunch as the deal of the day: $5 gets you $20 toward a Saturday or Sunday Bossa Nova brunch at Flatwater. Read the rest of this entry »

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News flash: brunch is back for summer, duh!

While most of the restaurants in Chicago that offer brunch serve year round, a good portion of them hibernate during those cold months until the local forecast shows smiley-faced sun graphics. These are some restaurants that have decided to dust off the front stoop for a pleasant Sunday morning rise ‘n’ shine.

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Later, Le Lan

Make sure to cross Le Lan off your list of dining options for brunch or dinner. The popular River North restaurant shut their doors with the unfortunately typical “economic downturn” explanation.

Le Lan and Soul owner Howard Davis has released the following statement about the closing of Le Lan and Soul restaurants.

“We had to close due to a downturn in business that we attribute to the current economic situation. We appreciate all of the great effort our staff made over the years in creating very high quality restaurants and we are grateful to all of our customers who supported us over the years.”

— Carly Fisher

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