Italian Classic Sabatino’s Officially Shutters After More Than 40 Years

Sabatino’s owner Enzo Pagni and his legendary shrimp dejonghe

Plus, a Fulton Market hotspot gets trendy outdoor domes and more intel

Sabatino’s in Old Irving Park is officially closed for good

The farewell tour is officially over for Sabatino’s. The legendary Northwest Side Italian classic served its last meals on December 23 after announcing it would close back in August. Reservations have been steadily booked since the shutter announcement — the restaurant’s online reservation service even crashed at one point — and the last service was packed with tearful patrons, according to multiple reports. Owners Angelo and Enzo Pagni have been running Sabatino’s since 1977, and they thanked customers one last time via a message on the marquis outside. It was perhaps best known for its shrimp dejonghe.

Aba installs trendy outdoor domes on its terrace

The hottest trend in Chicago’s al fresco scene is now at perhaps Fulton Market’s hottest restaurant and bar. Aba management recently installed igloos on its terrace, which should keep the elevated outdoor space packed with diners and drinkers until deep into winter. There are four available — two six-seaters and two eight-seaters — in two seatings nightly. A rep advises customers to dress warmly, as the igloos are semi-heated and blankets are provided.


Christina Slaton
Aba’s igloos

Chef change at River North mainstay River Roast

Executive chef John Hogan has exited River Roast, the large multi-floor roast-centric spot on the north side of the river in River North, the Tribune reports. Chef de cuisine Cedric Harden slides to the exec chef role and co-owner Tony Mantuano now handles menu development.

Wrigleyville gets a fried chicken stalwart next week

Acclaimed fried chicken local chain The Roost Carolina Kitchen opens its Wrigleyville location on January 3 at 11 a.m., ownership announced on social media, continuing the drastic makeover of the area surrounding the home of the Cubs. The 3474 N. Clark Street spot joins Roost locations in Lakeview, River West, and the South Loop.

Elizabeth’s Iliana Regan launches a skincare company

And finally, Elizabeth and Kitsune chef-owner Iliana Regan has added a new venture to her portfolio: a skincare company. More info and orders for Waste Not Beauty are available here.

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