—In an experiment of Frankenstein proportions, Three Floyd's Brewery will release the only batch they've concocted of a special variant of their Dark Lord Imperial Stout aged in a barrel that once housed Chicago's favorite liquor, Jeppson's Malört. The shenanigans will happen on Saturday at Kaiser Tiger in the West Loop. They'll determine who gets to imbibe by having guests roll something called the Dice of Doom. Good luck getting a taste.
—Parson's Chicken & Fish is bringing back their ice rink beginning with a grand opening from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. They'll feature food and drink specials, including hot cider. Regular hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from noon until 10 p.m. on weekends. Skate rental is free, but there's a suggested $5 donation which goes toward Big Brothers Big Sisters. The ice is synthetic this year, which means if Chicago (knock on wood) experiences an unseasonably warm winter, the rink won't be as apt to melt.
—The Loop's lunch community took a big hit earlier this month when Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera abruptly closed inside the Chase Tower at 10 S. Dearborn St. Another non-affiliated Mexican concept has popped up in its place.
—Brown Bag Seafood Co. will open a second location, this time in River North, according to Crain's. The office/condo building at 412 N. Wells St. should open late spring 2017, and Brown Bag will take up 2,100 square feet on the first floor.
—After five years, Jefferson Park's Duffs Dogs will close at 4835 N. Austin Ave. The fast-food restaurant's last day is on Saturday.