1. River City Brewery, 150 N. Mosley St.: The 17-year-old restaurant needs to replace its brewing equipment, so owners have decided to remodel the place in the process. The restaurant will move upstairs to Loft 150 for three or four weeks while the work's being done. The plan is to begin construction on Tuesday. The new-and-improved restaurant will feature an island bar and windows for watching beer brewing in action.
2. Mediterranean Grill, 335 S. Towne East Mall Drive.: The restaurant is doing some work on its parking lot and a restroom toward the front of the building. It looks closed, a manager said, but the restaurant is open while the work is being done.
3. Broadview Hotel, 400 W. Douglas: The hotel and its restaurant are closed for a renovation that will take nearly a year. When it reopens as the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel, local chef Jeremy Wade and his partner Ben Arnold plan to open a new American-style restaurant there.
Larry Bud's and baseball
Larry Bud's, the sports bar and hangout in Brittany Center at 2120 N. Woodlawn, is serving some of its most popular barbecue items during Wingnuts games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The restaurant took over a little hut just off the main entrance, and it's selling pulled pork sandwiches, medallions of pork, chicken skewers, hot links, and a creation called "Cluckers," —chicken stuffed with jalapeno and wrapped in sweet pepper bacon.
Sugar Sisters, the bakery and restaurant at 4811 E. Central, is attempting to attract a more diverse dining clientele (read: men) by offering a new line of burgers, and so far, the plan is working, managers say. The restaurant now offers five varieties of steak burgers, including the Angry Sister, topped with chipotle mayo, thick-cut bacon, pepper jack cheese and jalapenos, and the Loaded Sister, topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, red onion, lettuce and tomato. The burgers are available with 8-, 4- or 2- oz. versions and cost between $2 for the tiny burger to $6.50 for a double. For more information, call 316-519-3814.
Little Monk's is closed, but a similar build-your-own noodle bowl restaurant has replaced it at 4734 S. Broadway. It's called Mr. Ka-Pow's , and it invites customers to choose their meats, veggies, noodle style and sauces to construct an Asian noodle dish. Mr. Ka-Pow's is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, call 316-522-5276 or visit the website at www.mrkapows.com.