—The team behind lauded Macanese fusion restaurant Fat Rice are getting close to unveiling their cocktail lounge (dubbed The Ladies Room) and bakery next door, and Chicago magazine got a preview of the baked goods. Expect an apricot and thyme tart, a precious pig-shaped bun stuffed with chorizo, and a doughnut-shaped marshmallow fluff-stuffed pastry to be among them. Stay tuned for more.
—Not only is the landmark Wrigleyville McDonald's closing at the end of the month, but the Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field is already shuttered after 21 years in business, DNAinfo reports. Unlike McD's, which shuttered to make way for the Cubs' plaza and hotel, Starbucks is part of many businesses, including Goose Island, closing to make room for an outside development project. Big time Wrigleyville changes continue.
—Chicagoland's first craft distillery since prohibition, suburban North Shore Distillery, is moving and expanding in early April, it announced in a press release that was first picked up by the Trib. The new location at 13990 Rockland Road in Green Oaks will be 75 percent larger than the current one, include an expanded tasting room with snacks, and be in a higher-profile space on a main drag.
—The Field Museum and Off Color Brewing are releasing a limited-edition beer inspired by the Wari of ancient Peru at the Hop To It event on March 3, according to the Tribune. Ingredients for the Wari Ale, which will be released in the museum's restaurant and some retailers on March 7, include blue corn and molle berries.
—Aviva, the new Mediterranean restaurant in Greektown from the owners of The Parthenon and chef/consultant Alan Lake, is slated to open on March 1, DNAinfo reported first. The publication also previews the menu.
—Dinosaur Bar-B-Que rolled a plethora of new menu items at the Chicago location, including the "Drunken Spicy Shrimp Boil," "Rib Smacks," a brisket taco, jerk pulled lamb, two new burgers and three new chicken sandwiches.