Restaurant News: Mike Sheerin Out At Trenchermen, MK Reopens After Rehab

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jul 31, 2013 3:20PM

2013_7_31_Trenchermen.jpg - Looks like the Trenchermen is now the Trencherman. Chef/Owner Mike Sheerin has left the restaurant that he and his brother Pat opened together last year. Eater Chicago reports Mike left for "personal reasons" and that he's consulting at Parson's Chicken and Fish, which may help improve their food program that hasn't gotten great reviews. Sheerin started "easing out" of Trenchermen in May. No word yet on whether anything at the restaurant will change because of the departure.

- Restaurant spaces sometimes seem cursed. Andersonville's Brasserie 54 by LM announced that it is closing. LM took over the space, formerly occupied by the short-lived Premise, back in August of last year during the great Generic French Bistro Expansion of 2012. Looks like the city wasn't quite ready for that many variations on the LM formula. There's a new tenant, though, a craft cocktail bar called The Brixton. It'll be open by September.

- We learned earlier this year that MK would be closing for a fairly massive rehab. Chef Michael Kornick assured us that it would still be MK - but some things, especially in the bar, would change. Chicago Magazine got a look at the changes yesterday. There's a new small-plates menu in the bar, which is welcome, as more people will be able to check out the restaurant without paying a fortune. There's also new china, new wine pairings and some changes in service.