In case you missed it last week, Eater had a post about a new barbecue spot coming to Cermak:
The owner of Batter & Berries, the beloved brunchy black-owned Lincoln Park restaurant, is opening a barbecue spot in the South Loop. Chef/owner Derek Rylon is partnering John Mauro, the owner of La Cantina Grill, which is also in the South Loop. They're opening Rylon's Smokehouse at 67 E. Cermak Road and are looking at a late-September opening date, according to a news release.
Rylon said he wants to deemphasize smoke, as he feels it often overwhelms the flavor of meats at many barbecue spots. Instead of starting brisket in a smoker, he'll start it on a pit grill and then move it in the smoker. Meats will be finished with a house barbecue sauce, and Rylon is also working on sauces from different regions in the U.S.
Sounds promising - oh and we apparently will get some whiskey here as well.
Also, this probably isn't going to come to a shock to you, but Pretty Donkey Coffee isn't opening (as a reminder we posted about this spot way back in May of 2013).