Tuesday night, Shochu--the izakaya-style restaurant memorably reviewed by Irma Nuñez and open just since this summer--morphed into Deleece Grill Pub under the same owners, Lynne Wallack and John Handler of Deleece. Chef-partner Josh Hansen has come up with a comfort-food-heavy menu focusing on steaks and hearty sides like potatoes au gratin, bacon potato salad, bacon-rosemary stuffing, and hand-cut fries. An Asian touch remains in dishes like miso-lychee coleslaw, but Wallack is touting the Americanness of the offerings--including beer, wine, and artisanal cheeses. In a nod to the dismal economy, a three-course meal is $20 on Sunday and Wednesday nights.
Deleece Grill Pub, 3313 N. Clark, 773-348-3313, open Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30 PM-midnight, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 PM-2 AM, and Sunday for brunch, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM.