—There is interest in bringing Good Stuff Eatery to University Village, in having "Top Chef" alum Spike Mendolsohn's burger joint inside a vacant shoe store at 1313 S. Halsted St., as reported by DNAinfo. It would be D.C.-based Good Stuff's second Chicago restaurant. But a Sunnyside Restaurant rep told Eater Chicago that no franchise agreement has been signed. That may complicate things, as Good Stuff was also slated to come to Lincoln Park inside the New City development, but plans fell through.
—Jason Chan has left Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. The former Juno partner departed LEYE on Feb. 27. He says "in a few weeks" he'll share details about a new project.
—Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' replacement for Paris Club Bistro & Bar, il Porcellino, should open either the second or third week of March, according to LEYE reps. The Italian concept touts the talents of chef Aaron Martinez and beverage director Julian Cox. Yep, this only affects the restaurant as the dance party continues.
—Wanting to grab more casual business, Portage Park's Community Tavern has launched a bar menu. Chef Joey Beato's offerings include a Manchego grilled cheese, salmon rillettes, a bacon cheeseburger, meatloaf, chicken-fried rabbit legs and a smoked-duck reuben. In a related noted, Community owner Quay Tao's opening his taco spot on March 17, he told DNAinfo.
—Nando's Peri-Peri keeps expanding in Chicago. The South African-based chicken chain plans its sixth Chicago-area spot, this time in the South Loop in the same complex off Roosevelt as the Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON movie theater, at 1005 S. Delano Court, according to DNAinfo. There's no opening date yet. Nando's is also working on a suburban Oak Park location.
—Celebrity chef Ming Tsai, who'll host the James Beard Foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner in New York, is in town doing a live-cooking demo and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital today in Streeterville. Tsai will prepare meals for pediatric cancer patients to help the Family Reach Foundation.
—On Saturday, check out Bulk Up!, a new pop-up that will preview the Chicago Market co-op slated to open next year. Saturday's pop-up from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., will feature a variety of local and sustainable vendors selling items in bulk quantities.
—Winter is...leaving, Chicago. Don't believe it? Well, the Original Rainbow Cone re-opens today at noon. They're celebrating 90 years, and will also give away some freebies on Saturday.