—Stan's Donuts is finally ready to open its third location—and it'll christen the new Lakeview spot with lots of freebies. If you're one of the first 100 customers on Saturday (opening day) at 2800 N. Clark, you'll get an envelope with a prize inside, and the grand prize is free doughnuts for life. It opens the doors for the first time at 6:30 a.m.
—Forthcoming Gold Coast steakhouse Maple & Ash continues to build an all-star staff in advance of an imminent opening. After bringing on Beard award-winning wine director and Trotter vet Belinda Chang, star cocktailer Cristiana DeLucca (The Drawing Room) and chef David Ochs, they're adding former two-Michelin star chef and 2012 Food & Wine best new chef Danny Grant. Grant returned from a stint in Miami in May and helped open Dolce Italian.
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—Logan Square neighborhood 24-hour Mexican spot El Charro is finally shuttered after 30 years in business, DNAinfo reports, making way for the second Furious Spoon that was first reported in August. Look for a larger ramen spot than the Wicker Park original, including a rooftop bar, and an opening around the end of the year.
—The ramen boom is also heading to Evanston, as a new spot, Table To Stix Ramen, is slated to open at 1007 Davis St. within two weeks.
—While most visiting celebrities head to glitzy hotspots while in Chicago, "The Tonight Show" bandleader and The Roots drummer Questlove stopped into the Harold's Chicken in the South Loop again on Saturday (636 S. Wabash).
—The city claims that this summer's Taste of Chicago turned a $320,205 profitafter it lost $169,404 in 2014. The 2014 Taste lost its Saturday revenue due to its first-ever rainout.