—Former Blackbird chef David Posey has a name for his first restaurant, taking over the Sawtooth space at 1350 W. Randolph Street. The chef and his wife Anna are calling it Elske, the Tribune reports, which is Danish for the word "love." The couple is moving into the permitting stage and they hope to open the restaurant, which will have Scandinavian accents, by mid-year.
—Another day, another Bow Truss Coffee Roasters is coming. The rapidly-expanding local coffee chain is moving into River West this time, the gray building at 500 N. Milwaukee Ave., on the northwest corner of the Grand/Milwaukee/Halsted intersection, owner Philip Tadros says.
—Tribune critic Phil Vettel bestowed three stars on Gold Coast steak hotspot Maple & Ash, saying it "doesn't so much turn its back on steakhouse conventions as it celebrates them, although certainly with a wink and nudge." He highlights chef Danny Grant's versions of steakhouse classics French onion soup, shrimp de jonghe and wedge salad at the "beautiful" restaurant, says some of the side dishes are "over the top," and documents "pampering" that begins "the moment you're seated."
—Another quick-fired pizza chain is coming to town, this time the California-based Persona Pizza, Crain's reports. The company, which specializes in 12-inch personal pies baked in 90 seconds, is hoping to open at least three locations in Chicago, beginning in the Loop and expanding to surrounding neighborhoods.
—Iliana Regan's Bunny the Micro Bakery is slated to reopen on Thursday after closing all of last week for plumbing repairs.
—Nico Osteria is turning into a star-studded omakase restaurant on February 28, bringing in Mark Hellyar (Momotaro), Gene Kato (Sumi Robata Bar), and B.K. Park (Juno Restaurant) for an event they're appropriately calling "Nico Omakase." The menu costs $125 a person and reservations are available by calling the restaurant.