Great news for barbecue fanatics in Chicago: After a fire caused significant damages back in May, Lillie's Q finally reopened last night in Bucktown. The fire was caused by a faulty hot water heater, and at the time it was unclear whether the restaurant was going to be able to reopen in the space. While terrible news for any restaurant, this was especially distressing to me, because this left a serious pulled pork and tri-tip hole in Chicago's barbecue scene. But in an email sent out yesterday, chef Charlie McKenna thanked Chicago for its "true Southern hospitality," and declared that Lillie's Q was back open for business. I can't think of a better place for lunch today.
Starting today, Lillie's Q will resume normal business hours, opening at 11 a.m. daily. It will close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.