ROSEMONT—Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill's management says they have paid the nearly $700,000 owed (for taxes and rent) possibly avoiding eviction. They are hoping that they can work out a way to stay past their current lease (expiring December 31), but Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens isn't certain, who indicates that the village has other opportunities for the space. Only time will tell what is in store for the chain's Chicago-area location. [Daily Herald]
EAST LAKEVIEW—The new Stan's Donuts & Coffee is planning to open in October at 2800 N. Clark. The two other Chicago locations run by Rich Labriola are in Wicker Park and Streeterville. [EaterWire]
RIVER NORTH—Earlier today word came out that Greg Elliot was replacing Remington's opening chef Russell Kook. Now comes news that Kook is heading back to his old job at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. Co-owner David Flom says that Kook begins this Tuesday and that he will have free reign on creating specials (about four to five a day) and that Flom will "empower him to redo some of the fish dishes and appetizers." Look for Kook's changes to Chicago Cut in the coming weeks. [EaterWire]
PORTAGE PARK/GLADSTONE PARK—A name change is coming to burger haven Leadbelly's two locations. The estate of blues musician Leadbelly sued the restaurants for using the trademarked name and, apparently, have won. Beginning August 17 Leadbelly will be known as BRGRBELLY. See below for the full Facebookmessage to guests.
LOGAN SQUARE—New York's Big Gay Ice Cream, Mindy's Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal and Bang Bang Pie Shop are all getting together for the first annual Big Hot Bang! ice cream social on Sunday, August 30 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. There will be cookbook signings (both Big Gay Ice Cream and Segal have books out now) and feature ice cream, cookies and pie on Bang Bang Pie Shop's patio. [EaterWire]
THE LOOP—The original Heaven on Seven will host Atlanta's Kevin Gillespie (a Top Chef fan favorite and Georgia restaurateur) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. for a five course, pork themed meal with alcohol for $85. Tickets for the dinner include a copy of Gillespie's new cookbook, Pure Pork Awesomeness, and can be reserved by calling 312-263-6443 or e-mailing email@example.com. Limited space is available. [EaterWire]