—Another Wicker Park staple is going away and more turnover is coming to the neighborhood. Penny's Noodle Shop, in business for 25 years at 1542 N. Damen, will shutter after New Year's Day due to lease woes, the restaurant posted to its Facebook page on Sunday. New ownership is already set to take over the space, so stay tuned. Penny's also shuttered in Wrigleyville two years ago and became Paul's Noodles, but the Lincoln Park and Oak Park locations will remain open.
—A bizarre gun incident happened at Pump Room on Friday night, when a man fell asleep at the bar after downing several tequila shots, according to the Sun-Times. He unleashed a Smith & Wesson when the bar manager woke him up at pointed it at him, after which he was escorted to his room at the Public Hotel and promptly arrested before being charged aggravated use of a deadly weapon.
—Anthony Bourdain, in town nearly two weeks ago for a The Balvenie Scotch event, did a video interview with the Tribune where he talked about what he likes about Chicago and whether he would open a restaurant here.
—"NOMA: MY PERFECT STORM," a film about Rene Redzepi's Copenhagen restaurant that was named best restaurant in the world four times, will be screened in Chicago starting Dec. 18 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. More information is available here.
—Michael Kornick's Fish Bar will adopt a New Orleans theme for the winter beginning Dec. 16. Expect Creole and Cajun seafood dishes on the menu, inspired by Kornick's time in New Orleans in the mid-eighties, including spicy crab remoulade, Creole oyster stew and shrimp and crawfish etouffee.