Restaurant News: Sodikoff's California Clipper Opens Tonight; Tavernita Closes
By Chuck Sudo in Food on Sep 2, 2014 9:40PM
The interior of Tavernita.
- The California Clipper's Brendan Sodikoff era begins in earnest tonight. The Michael Bay of Chicago's restaurant scene closed the Humboldt Park tavern to give it a clean and spit-shine and will re-open the doors with a cocktail menu containing more than 70 drinks. As perhaps a nod to placate patrons who don't want him to mess with a mostly good thing, Sodikoff says 80 percent of the drinks are priced at under $9, although there is a $70 scotch and artisan cigar special. Did we mention cigars? Yes, we did. Sodikoff ditched plans to turn the Clipper's back room into a cinema and will instead make it a tobacco room, which won't be open for a few weeks. [Eater Chicago]
- While everyone else was out enjoying the holiday, Vice District Brewing held its soft opening last Friday, with free samples of five of their beers, and is supposed to officially open this evening. We recommend going back and re-reading Melissa McEwen's July profile of the people behind Vice. [South Loop Connection]