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Lucky Bird Los Angeles Partners With Epic Kitchens to Open First Ghost Kitchen in Chicago on October 1st

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lucky Bird, best known for its juicy Fried Chicken Buckets and sandwiches, has partnered with Epic Kitchens to open the brand’s first ghost kitchen in Chicago on September 21. The popular chef-driven restaurant located in Los Angeles’s historic Grand Central Station will offer a diverse menu of signature fried chicken dishes, delicious sides, and beverages for locals to order through EpicKitchens.com and via third-party delivery partners including DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Caviar, and Postmates. 

Originally founded in Downtown Los Angeles in August 2018 by Chef Chris Dane, the philosophy of Lucky Bird is good fried chicken can solve anything. Making everything from scratch, from buttermilk biscuits to homemade hot sauce, Lucky Bird does their very best to source ingredients locally to ensure the freshest and highest quality product, but most of all they believe there are not many things a bucket of chicken can’t solve.

“We couldn’t be happier to be opening in Chicago. Being able to share fried chicken with people from all over was always one of the main driving factors in opening Lucky Bird, and having our first location outside of Los Angeles be Chicago makes total sense because Chicago is a food Mecca for many with countless great restaurants, so we hope the people of Chicago will open their arms to one more.” said Chef, Chris Dane.

The Chicago incarnation of Lucky Bird will be open for lunch and dinner. Signature dishes on the menu include Fried Chicken Buckets with a mix of white & dark meat; Popcorn Chicken served with a smoked paprika dipping sauce; and Fried Sandwiches served on a   Milk bun with a chicken thigh, homemade pickles, smoked paprika aioli & butter lettuce. Sides include Jojo’s pressured fried potato wedges; Homemade

Nathan Allen leaves House Theatre of Chicago after nearly 20 years as leader

Nathan Allen, the founding artistic director of the House Theatre of Chicago and its principal public face and creative force for the last almost 20 years, is leaving his post.

“I am not going to stop making art,” Allen said, noting that money factored into his decision. “But I have two school-age kids and my wife is working a lot of overtime.”

As with many other theater companies, the pandemic has had an acute impact on House, a company founded by a group of college friends in 2000 and known for its innovative original theater, its interest in popular culture and its longstanding determination to attract millennials and Gen-Xers who do not typically attend theater. Allen, known for his exuberant curtain speeches (“let’s make some noise”) and his warm-centered personality, was a big part of that appeal, as was his work.

Unlike most non-profit theaters, House made an impressive 70% of its roughly $2.2 million annual budget at its own box office, and that box office has been closed since March.

“Our way has always been to sell a hell of a lot of tickets,” Allen, 42, said. “And our way doesn’t work anymore. We’ve settled into a sustainable position where we can hold on for a whole year. But what the House deserves is someone to really rebuild a company. I know what that is, but it’s not me. That was a commitment I had in my 20s, but I don’t have it now. I feel like I already helped build it, and I honestly would be too angry to have to do it all again.”

House has been forced to furlough or lay off most of its staffers in recent weeks. Its two remaining current employees, Allen and managing director Erik Schroeder, have been reduced to part time.

DeForest Buckner dominates Chicago Bears interior OL

The Chicago Bears interior offensive line was devastated by DeFoest Buckner

It is unfortunate when your worst fears come true. Previewing the Chicago Bears game against the Indianapolis Colts, it was almost impossible to get the image of DeForest Buckner blowing things up out of my head. Grady Jarrett presented the Chicago Bears their first true test of the season and the interior struggled.

It was easily brushed off by the idea that the Chicago Bears came back and won. However, it lingered that a fast, physical, and dominant defensive tackle made life tough for James Daniels and Germain Ifedi.

Jarrett is excellent, and this is no disrespect to him, but Buckner is a different beast. It starts physically, where he has the size of only a player such as Calais Campbell. However, according to PFF, no defensive lineman has been as dominant as Buckner with over 100 snaps played this season.

We noted that Buckner moved around to each side, and he did not spare James Daniels or Germain Ifedi from having their hands full.

Look at the size as he swims over James Daniels, who looks tiny in the presence of Buckner.

This play is even more impressive. We have noted that Germain Ifedi has excelled in the Chicago Bears new scheme due to his athleticism. The Bears have got him moving laterally, and he has done well in space.

The Bears tried to get Ifedi moving Buckner laterally and it went poorly. Buckner pushes Ifedi off, regains composure to read the play, and then shoves Ifedi aside to make the play.

Making this play while running laterally and making it as he was backing up away from the football is impressive.

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According to PFF Buckner finished with five total pressures and