6/26/2013 02:49:00 PM

Big Birthday Weekend Plans for Five Chicago Spots

Gejas turns 48 - that's some really old cheese
Apparently if you want to open a restaurant, late June is the time to do it. Four restaurants that have survived past the one-year-mark are celebrating birthdays this weekend - from a Lincoln Park institution to the arcade bar that packed a Donkey Kong-style punch during its first year.

Emporium
Video games! Beer! Tacos from Antique Taco! More beer! Sounds like the arcade bar is throwing a pretty great party for its first anniversary. The beer list features anniversary ales from local breweries such as Goose Island’s 25th, Two Brothers’ 16th, Great Divide’s 19th and Revolution’s 3rd. The party starts on Thursday at 7 PM.

Bow Truss
The little coffee roaster that most definitely could celebrates its first anniversary at the Lakeview location. The party kicks off on Thursday at 7 PM with donuts from Glazed and Infused as well as Lucila's Homemade Alfjores. Expect plenty of coffee nerds along with beer and music. The roaster also released a birthday blend coffee roast with notes of baking spice, strawberry, marshmallow and coconut.

Atlas Brewing Company
On Saturday, Atlas will cheers to a year of making beer with a pig roast. The perfect pairing for smoked pork is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with honey from Hyde Park. The beer was made just for the occasion, and will be taped at 2 PM.

Mon Ami Gabi
On June 27, 1998, the Lincoln Park Restaurant welcomed diners for the first time to experience French cuisine. Since then it kept the wine flowing for fifteen year. To celebrate, on Thursday, diners will receive a $15 gift card to be used for a future visit along with a sweet surprise at the end of their meal.

Gejas Café
Think 15 is impressive? Try staying in business for 48 years. That is what the most romantic restaurant in Chicago accomplished (that’s roughly 132,750 first dates and 16,124 engagements). It will celebrate with a series of events beginning on Sunday and continuing through July 4. During the five-day celebration, guests can knock 48 percent off all food bills.

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