All-You-Can-Eat Clam Boil Offering Early Taste of Summer

By Rachel Holliday Smith on April 20, 2014 9:47am 

 Clams, mussels, shrimp and house-made sausages are on the menu at 606 R&D restaurant on Monday night.
Clams, mussels, shrimp and house-made sausages are on the menu at 606 R&D restaurant on Monday night.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — You don’t have to wait for summer to have a good, old-fashioned backyard clam boil. For those clamoring for clams, 606 R&D restaurant on Vanderbilt Avenue has it covered.

For forty bucks, the Prospect Heights eatery is offering an all-you-can-eat, buffet-style meal Monday night that includes steamer clams, mussels, shrimp, homemade sausages, macaroni and cheese, watermelon, doughnuts and brownies. A ticket also includes a glass of sangria or draft beer. The feast begins at 6 p.m. 

The restaurant offered the same deal last year and it sold out, according to Sara Dima, one of 606 R&D’s owners. They expect the same this year. As of Thursday afternoon, Dima said half the tickets had been sold.

"We get a lot of our regulars and a lot of members of the community just celebrating spring and hanging out in the garden," she said.

That garden is a big reason why Dima and co-owner Ilene Rosen wanted to put the clam bake on in the first place.

“We have this big, beautiful patio and all winter long both ourselves and our customers stare out at it and think ‘Oh my God, will spring ever come?’” Dima said. “So we decided to create an annual event last year to kick it off.”

In addition to food and booze, the patio will have a live bluegrass band and three stand-up propane heaters, in case mid-April turns out more like a lion than a lamb. For now, the temperatures are supposed to hover in the 60s.

The clam boil starts at 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 21. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. The rain date for the event is April 22.

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