—Baker Miller owners Dave and Megan Miller are opening their new Ravenswood Manor spot on Saturday, with a few surprises at 4642 N. Francisco. The Millers are now planning for it to be a to-go bakery and coffee shop, rather than just a store, DNAinfo reports—and it may just serve a stuffed waffle that they're calling a "Stuffle" along with a take on a doughnut.
—Forbidden Root, the forthcoming scientific-minded botanical brewpub on Chicago Avenue in West Town, named its executive chef. Dan Weiland, who has experience at Trenchermen, Avec, and was most recently the exec chef at the now-shuttered Francesca's Forno, will cook "unpretentious but elevated bar food," Chicago magazine reports, including a burger. There are conflicting reports about the opening date—it could either be this month or sometime in the winter. [UPDATE: Its now slated to open in December or January, reps say.]
—John Manion and Mark Steuer's asado ramen (beef broth, grilled rump steak, morcilla, pork shoulder, red and green chimichurri, haring crumbs) won the judge's choice at this past weekend's second annual Ramenfest at Urbanbelly, while Giuseppe Tentori's A5 ramen (bone marrow, kimchi, pickled quail egg and mushroom) took home the people's choice.
—The Viagra Triangle is getting an "island cocktail oasis" in less than three weeks. Coconutz, which will serve drinks in coconuts, something called "cabana bites" from chef Sean Welker, sangria on tap at the "bamboo bar," and have "sand-inspired floors," is opening in the Bootleggers space at 13 W. Division on Dec. 1, according to a release.
—The restored, renovated and reopened Residence Inn at Lasalle and Madison has two new restaurants—one of which is already open. Roanoke Club on the second floor is a lounge with comfort food, cocktails and other beverages, while the first-floor main restaurant, Roanoke Restaurant, is slated to open soon.
—Hundreds of people rallied for $15 minimum wage at the Thompson Center yesterday after fast food workers walked off their jobs at McDonald's and clogged streets starting in the morning. The protests happened in 270 cities across the country.
—The Logan Square Banh Mi Ba Get has been closed for more than a week due to multiple critical health violations, DNAinfo reports.