—One of Chicago’s most unique-looking restaurants is changing up its space. Ruxbin, the beloved and acclaimed restaurant on Ashland Avenue in West Town, will temporarily close after New Year’s Eve service to completely revamp its interior, the Tribune reports. That means you only have a few days to say goodbye to its church pews, seatbelt straps, and darkroom bathroom entrance. Ownership hopes to reopen around Jan. 24. Take a look at a rendering of the new space above.
—After creating line-inducing pizza collabs in the past, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria and Honey Butter Fried Chicken will be back at it beginning Jan. 1. The two restaurant powerhouses will unleash their pimento buffalo fried chicken pizza at the start of the new year through the end of January, which features Honey Butter Fried Chicken on white pizza topped with scallions, "crunchies," and finished with pimento-buffalo cheese sauce. It’ll cost $17.49 for a small, $20.49 for a medium, and $23.49 for a large, with 10 percent of all proceeds going to Pilot Light. Stay tuned for collabs with Doug Sohn and Stephanie Izard in February and March.
—You can have one of the most unique New Year’s Eve experiences and get a sneak peek of what could be the next rooftop hotspot at one time. The Conrad Chicago Hotel (Baptiste & Bottle) is unveiling its Noyane rooftop for one night only, where you can sip champagne and eat sushi in an igloo high above the city. Each four-person igloo costs $480 and there are only four available, so call (312) 667-6793 if you’re interested.
—Presidio, the cocktail bar and eatery next to Hot Chocolate on Damen Avenue in Bucktown, has hired former Scofflaw chef Nicole Bayani to run the kitchen, the Tribune reports. She takes over for opening chef Shaun Connolly after exiting Scofflaw in October, and is planning to add large plates such as the San Francisco classic fish stew, cioppino.
—Ukrainian Village is getting a new place for Glazed & Infused doughnuts. El Metro, a Mexican restaurant at 1959 W. Chicago Ave., will launch breakfast service in January that includes Glazed & Infused in addition to Mexican breakfast dishes, Mexican hot chocolate, and a Mexican-Brazilian coffee blend, DNAinfo reports.
—The South Side lost a chicken restaurant this week. Irie Island, a Jamaican jerk-focused spot at 1442 W. 103rd St. in Beverly, had its business license revoked by the city for tax delinquency, DNAinfo reports.