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Restaurant News: Cibo Matto Closes, Longman & Eagle Throws a Party

By Staff in Food on Sep 3, 2011 7:30PM

Photo of Longman & Eagle's "blood and sand" shot by Flickr user drew*in*chicago

The Wit hotel is closing Cibo Matto, its upscale Italian eatery, on September 10. For now, the space will be used for private events and meetings. According to Eater, property owner Scott Greenberg said that “We’re seeing a lot of opportunity in the next couple of months and we’ll announce some other very significant additions to the Wit, which will take advantage of these opportunities that we’re seeing emerge.” Cibo Matto opened under chef Todd Stein (now at The Florentine), and Evan Percoco took over the reins earlier this year.

Acclaimed chef Curtis Duffy cooks his final service tonight at Avenues, after which the Peninsula Hotel fine dining restaurant will close indefinitely. The Tribune reports that Avenues, which earned two Michelin stars, is searching for a new chef de cuisine. According to a press release, the hotel is “evaluating a concept change” and “the possibility of a renovation” in early 2012. The space will be available for meetings and events, and Peninsula wine director Michael Muser is planning wine dinners for the coming months. Duffy is working to open his own restaurant in the West Loop in 2012.

On Thursday, five people were injured when the ceiling collapsed at Kin Sushi and Thai Cuisine in Noble Square. The Tribune reports that the collapse caused a wooden light fixture to fall, resulting in four people being taken to the hospital. Another person was treated on the scene, and none of the injuries were life threatening. A call to the restaurant indicates that Kin is still open normal hours.

Still looking for a way to celebrate Labor Day? Longman & Eagle has you covered. The Logan Square hot spot is throwing an outdoor dance party and pig roast tomorrow from 4-10 p.m. The free event, which the restaurant is hosting with Old Style, will feature music by Windy City Soul Club deejays. The restaurant will still be open, so you can also head indoors for some whiskey—it is a long weekend after all.

By: Amy Cavanaugh