—Honey Butter Fried Chicken next week will debut Taco Tuesdays. Not only will the beloved Avondale restaurant finally be opening on Tuesdays, but they'll be offering a taco special. They're still closed Mondays, but are extending weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release.
—The J. Parker, the rooftop bar above the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park, unveiled a new drink menu inspired by the late David Bowie. Drinks like the Ziggy Stardust (Casamigos blanco tequila, aperol, cucumber, fresh lime, Tajin rim & lime garnish), the Moonage Daydream (Ford's gin, Kahlani coconut, Björk birch Liqueur, fresh lime, lemon, orange flower water, soda, orange swath garnish) and Oh! You Pretty Things (Chicago Distillery Ceres vodka, Pür pear likor, lavender, fresh lemon, Reagan's orange bitters, Barkeep lavender bitters, soda, orange swath garnish) will available through the summer. There's 10 drinks in all.
—Protein Bar has launched a new brand, Thrive360, reported Crain's, with plans for 75 locations over the next four years. While the new chain will offer healthy options, it won't be as healthy as Protein Bar's food, with ingredients including bacon and butter turning up on the menu.
—Chicago's the subject of Thursday night's episode of "Cheap Eats" airing at 9 p.m. on The Cooking Channel. They'll tour through the city stopping at The Roost Carolina Kitchen, Nottoli & Son, Hendrickx Belgium Bread Crafter and Luella's Southern Kitchen, reported the Sun-Times.
—It's a familiar scenario in Hyde Park as Clarke's has shuttered. It's familiar, because ownership is saying the restaurant will reopen, according to the Hyde Park Herald. Ownership had also said locations in Lakeview and Lincoln Park were going to reopen. They did, but only after long waits and they did so under new names (Belmont Cafe, Biograph Diner), phasing out the Clarke's moniker.
—A new restaurant in suburban Streamwood sure shares similarities with The Angry Crab, though this gushing Tribune article failed to draw the connection. The Crazy Crab is the latest to jump on the bagged and boiled seafood trend, this time in the tri-village area.