— Downtown French restaurant Le Politique is closing temporarily for renovations based on guest feedback. This includes adjusting the acoustics in the dining room by adding an acoustic marmoleum floor, adding more partitions, and changing the lights. It will close from Monday, November 19 through Monday, November 26. Currently, the restaurant’s executive chef is Gerard Kenney, who replaced original executive chef Derek Salkin.
— Likewise essential Texas restaurant Contigo isn’t quite done with its renovations. Co-owner Ben Edgerton said that they will expand the covered area of the restaurant, add glass roll-up doors, and install HVAC and a fireplace. To that end, the restaurant is hosting a party to encourage people to help fund the construction by purchasing gift cards to be used after February 15, 2019. It will double the value of cards of $50 or more, as well as offer half-off gift cards under $500. The party takes place on Sunday, November 8.
— Chicago barbershop and bar Blind Barber beverage director Joe Briglio is popping at Treaty Oak Distilling on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 9 p.m. He’ll whip up cocktails using the distillery’s spirits, including whiskeys and gin. The distillery’s revamped restaurant Alice will serve up Chicago-style appetizers. Skinny Barbershop will also offer fresh shaves to guests, where proceeds will be given to the Movember Foundation.
— Uncle Billy’s Brewery teamed up with media company the Chive for its newested beer, the KCCO Austin-style lager.