—In the age of cocktail prices regularly approaching the $20 mark, can you imagine what drinks cost in the ‘60s? Thankfully, Butch McGuire’s, the Viagra Triangle timepiece, unearthed a booze menu from 1967, which you can read in full below. Spoiler alert: very few drinks are more than $1.
—Tickets for Donutfest at Chop Shop, one of Chicago’s most popular food fests, go on sale today at noon via this link. Some of the best sweet, sweet fried dough purveyors in town are taking part, including Doughnut Vault, Stan’s Donuts, and Glazed and Infused.
—Try not to scream...the Backstreet Boys appeared at the new Sugar Factory American Brasserie in River North on Wednesday evening. Check out a photo of Nick Carter and crew having their overly-sweet drinks their way below.
—Is there still hope for Chicago’s food trucks to have more of a chance to do business? Possibly, as Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) argued at City Hall for a six-hour rule for food trucks in one legal space, the Sun-Times reports, which would be a much-needed expansion of the current two-hour rule. "We have to make changes to the law so these small business owners have every opportunity to succeed," Moreno said in a news release. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will reportedly "study" the proposal.
—Meanwhile, the Sun-Times and ABC7 are back at their joint investigative reporting about food trucks following their expose in August that food trucks regularly break the laws that the city doesn't regularly enforce. This time, they're reporting that the city health department isn't inspecting food trucks as often as brick-and-mortar restaurants.
—There’s a new brunch option in River North courtesy of Bar Lupo, the Italian noshing and drinking spot from a former Maple & Ash partner. Check out the Saturday/Sunday daytime menus below.
—If you're missing the standout Cajun food at the shuttered Analogue, better head to the Big Easy. Chef Alfredo Nogueira has headed back to his hometown of New Orleans to be the new executive chef at Cafe Henri, according to multiple reports.
—And finally, as one of Chicago’s most historic restaurants nears its final resting place on Dec. 31, Crain’s rounds up noteworthy Chicagoans’ memories of the legendary Cape Cod Room, which has been open since 1933 in the legendary Drake Hotel. Quote: "I wish it were a protected landmark."