Lillie's Q to reopen mid-June
After a fire shuttered this much-loved barbecue spot, Lillie's Q announced today that it will be rising from the ashes sometime this June. The Wicker Park restaurant (which won Best New Barbecue in the 2011 Eat Out Awards) was forced to close after the hot-water heater in its basement malfunctioned, causing fire and smoke damage, on March 14 of this year; the new French Market location has been operating with a very limited menu as a result. As he works to rebuild the restaurant, chef/owner Charlie McKenna is also heading down to Memphis this weekend to compete in the annual Memphis in May barbecue competition, where he's entered the whole pork-shoulder category, in which he took home first place in 2007. "We're hoping to put together a really amazing finish at Memphis In May this weekend, and ride that wave right into getting the Bucktown location of Lillie's Q open," McKenna said in the press release.