—Lost in the story about Art Smith reconcepting Table Fifty-two and taking over the pitmaster role at Chicago Q is the news that Lee Ann Whippen left her role as chef/owner of the Gold Coast barbecue restaurant, Chicago magazine reports.
—Real Comfort American Kitchen, the small West Loop comfort food spot, shuttered after service on Wednesday. It opened in October 2013.
—Parson's Chicken & Fish relaunched brunch service. New dishes include the "Chicken Paprika" (chicken cutlet, potato pancake, sunny side egg, creamy paprika sauce, celery salad).
—The reconcepting of Joe Fish into Joe Fish Italian, first revealed at Food & Wine fest, is complete. Check out the new menu below, which reverts back to more of the red-sauce Italian model of other Rosebud restaurants.
—Taco In A Bag is giving away free all-you-can-eat walking tacos between midnight and 1:30 a.m. every Saturday night in October.
—Fooditor, a new online restaurant and food publication run by former Grub Street Chicago editor Michael Gebert, launched this week.
—If you're looking to add a little crazy to your weekend brunch routine, check out the new "Bloody Mary Tower" at Bar Toma. The $36 "tower" is meant for four people and has a slice of pepperoni pizza soaking in it. Check out the photographic evidence below.