Restaurant notes: New in NoLibs; free food for industry 'insiders'

The spot in Northern Liberties off the corner of Second Street and Fairmount Avenue that was Kong and previously Sovalo (702 N. Second St.) is getting new life as a gastropub called The Blind Pig. More info forthcoming.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar (137 S. Seventh St., inside the Curtis Center) is starting a restaurant industry night on the third Monday of each month. It's applying the term "industry night" a tad loosely, shall I say, as GM Alex Bokulich is opening this event to anyone who works in or patronizes restaurants. Yes, open to everyone. Chef Ben Martin will put out comp food from 7 to 8 p.m. along with drink specials until closing at 2 a.m. The launch event this Monday (March 21) will include free roasted hog on Weck sandwiches, that Buffalo-area treat. After 8 p.m., the sammies will sell for $5 each. Martin is roasting a 75-pound hog and basting it with Rogue’s Bourbon Barrel-aged John John Dead Guy Ale.