—It turns out that the closing of Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods, scheduled to happen on November 1, is to reconcept, the Trib reports. There's no word yet what the new concept is or when it will open, but it should be a "quick turnaround."
—You already knew that Toby Keith's I Love This Bar would shutter to make room for a LEYE concept following a world of financial woes in Rosemont, but the closing actually happened earlier than planned. The country bar and restaurant shut down for good on Thursday after employees stole booze and memorabilia, according to the Daily Herald.
—All the bars and restaurants on the revitalized Chicago Riverwalk will shut down for the winter on November 1, DNAinfo reports, and many will throw parties. City Winery, The Hideout, and Island Party Hut are among the new attractions on the picturesque downtown riverside.
—Elly's Pancake House, the diner that took over the former Mitchell's space five years ago on North Avenue, will close in March. Ownership wants to relocate, according to GM Jessica Vizer, but they haven't released details. The space has been a diner since 1980 and will be razed to make room for a condo development at North Avenue and Clark Street.
—Longtime biker bar and eatery the Twisted Spoke is working on a book. "The Twisted Spoke Bloody Mary Book," by owner Mitch Einhorn, will be "a collection of anecdote-informed recipes from the legendary biker brunch hangout on Chicago's near west side," according to Publisher's Marketplace. Agate Midway is scheduling its publication for sometime in 2017.
—Packed, the forthcoming Hyde Park restaurant with many unique dumplings by chef Mike Sheerin, is now scheduled to open in December, according to the Trib.