By now, everyone knows that the new South Loop hotspot-to-be, Alain's--owned by hot chef Alain Njike and hot Chicago Bear Israel Idonije--was served an eviction notice on Monday. It's dark and closed and the pretty yellowish decor will soon be forgotten in the South Loop. By Tuesday night, the eviction notice had been removed from the glass door. The weird thing is that a car with a couple of rough looking guys inside dressed in black sits in front. Watching. Watching. Watching. For what I'd like to know. What's the story? Who's afraid of what? And why?
So the following Friday night, I found myself there for dinner. I loved the African dinner rolls--which I must say were not served plentifully unless you asked. Which I did. The wine list was short--but I did enjoy a few glasses of Proseco. I ordered halibut, if memory serves me, but was told they were out. So I tried ordering the next fish on the menu. They were also out. Before I tried ordering the third, I was told the restaurant was basically out of fish. So I had chicken. My dining companion had rabbit. He didn't like it. I loved my chicken. We also had an African-style ratatouille. All seemed pretty good for the first week of a potential hotspot. And I had plans to return with three girlfriends next month.
And now this. Sadness. Disappointment. And mystery. Another South Loop restaurant flies the coop before spreading its wings.
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