On August 8, 2017 during a full dinner service, an electrical fire broke out in the ceiling above the kitchen at Balena. Despite the quick response and efforts from the Chicago Fire Department, Balena suffered extensive fire, smoke, and water damage.
Balena was taken from Chicago diners quickly and without warning, so they would like to invite fans of the Italian restaurant an opportunity to say goodbye. From November 1-24, Wednesday - Sunday evenings starting at 5pm, a menu highlighting dishes from Balena, like the Taglioni Nero with Sea Urchin and Crab and Lemon Kale Orecchiette, will be available from executive chef Chris Pandel at Dutch & Doc's (3600 N. Clark Street). Pandel will also be hosting a series of Balena alums through the kitchen during the month-long restaurant takeover, including Joe Frillman of Daisies and Tony Quartaro of Limelight Catering.
Reservations can be made at this link: http://bit.ly/BalenaPopUp.