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Bayless Snagged $108M From ConAgra, Flo Ashland Closes For Reconcept, More Intel

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Plus, UberEats nixes its “instant delivery” service

Rick Bayless
Nick Murway

Two years ago, Eater National posed the question "is Rick Bayless the most interesting man in the world?" Now, the more pertinent question may be "is Rick Bayless one of the richest chefs in the world?" After news broke last week that Bayless sold his Frontera Foods packaged goods brand to big box giant ConAgra Foods, Crain’s is reporting the price tag: a cool $108.9 million. Just think about all the jars of salsa that could buy.

—The second location of Flo, the Mexican-tinged brunch-heavy restaurant, is no more at the former Fiorentino’s Cucina Italian space at 2901 N. Ashland. Its last service was brunch on Sunday, Sept. 25—but the space won’t be dormant for long. Co-owner Leonard Sanchez says they’ll reconcepting the space with help from another restaurant group, but can’t give any more details yet. Stay tuned.

—Uber is no longer delivering food for under 10 minutes in Chicago, or in other major markets. The ride-sharing giant nixed its UberEats "instant delivery" option—which promised food delivered from a set menu within 10 minutes—but still has the general UberEats program that averages food delivery in 35 minutes, RedEye reports. That’s about the time it takes some drivers to reach the correct address anyway.

—Wicker Parkers can snag a bowl of free ramen tomorrow. Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya (1482 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is giving away 100 free bowls of shoyu to the first 100 people who order them at dinner service on Thursday, which begins at 5 p.m. The bowls usually cost $9.

—Two new-ish Chicago restaurants house among the best bathrooms in the country, at least according to design and supply company Cintas. Lena Brava and Swift & Sons are finalists in its annual best restroom contest, voting of which ends Nov. 2. Which would you rather relieve yourself in?

—And finally, chicken sandwich aficionados can taste one masterminded by Chance the Rapper’s brother, fellow rapper Taylor Bennett, at Leghorn Chicken for the next week and a half. 10 percent of the sales of the hot-chicken-on-liege-waffle-with-maple-jalapeno-butter-and-smoked-bacon sandwich will go to LGBTQIA advocacy group Pride Action Tank. It costs $8.

Swift & Sons

1000 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 733-9420 Visit Website

Flo

1434 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 243-0477 Visit Website

Kizuki

1482 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Leghorn Chicken

959 North Western Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 394-4444 Visit Website

Leghorn Chicken

600 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Lena Brava

900 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

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