—Restaurants could expand seating into the street this spring. Aldermen are expected to consider an ordinance today to allow restaurants to have seats and tables in some parking lanes—called curbside cafes—the Tribune reports. Lakeview and Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney wanted to try the idea out last year, but if the new ordinance passes, curbside cafes would be allowed in many parts of the city from May 1 until September 30.
—Act One Pub, the restaurant and entertainment venue at the Mayne Stage Theater in Rogers Park, will close after its performance on March 31, DNAinfo reports. Ownership is looking for a restaurateur to fill the space at 1328 W. Morse Ave.
—Venerable Randolph Street sandwich purveyor and food retail shop J.P. Graziano reopened yesterday after a week hiatus for some layout changes, according to Fooditor, to focus more on the sandwiches.
—King's County Tap, the Brooklyn-inspired eatery and bar in Lincoln Park, is hoping to reopen in the early spring with some changes after it closed for a holiday break without yet reopening. Owner Mark Kwiatkowski, who is being sued by his former partners at Headquarters Beercade, says in an email that they're "planning on coming back with a new chef, new partners and significant changes throughout."
—Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill continues to be in the news despite its October shutter in Rosemont. The Daily Herald reports that a former employee pleaded guilty to wiring $3,642.75 from the restaurant's bank account into his own on Monday and was sentenced to three years in prison and fines. LEYE's Bub City is taking over the space this spring and should be far less scandalous.
—Check out Rick Bayless' new weekly video series, "Taco Tuesdays," which launched yesterday on YouTube.