—Dark Matter Coffee is quietly expanding with plans to open its third coffee shop. Work continues on a shop at the corner of Jackson and Jefferson at the corner of 601 W. Jackson Blvd. Dark Matter brass didn't provide comment. The operate both Osmium Coffee Bar and Star Lounge.
—Looks like Nando's Peri-Peri is opening a Streeterville location. The South African chicken chain has applied for a liquor license with the city for the address at 227 E. Ontario St.
—The Sun-Times reported more details on the "Saved By The Bell" pop-up that debuts next week in Wicker Park. Ed Alonzo, who played the owner of The Max (the diner where Zack, Kelly and Slater hung out), will be on hand from June 1 from June 4 where he'll serve customers and perform magic. Check out the Sun-Times report, which includes the daily schedule for the non-ticketed late-nght events (concerts, trivia nights). That's when food would be available a la carte. "Saved By The Max" will close at 2 a.m. daily, except for Saturday when they close at 3 a.m.
—After last year's state budget cuts, Choose Chicago, is bracing for a battle in Springfield to preserve funding, Crain's reports. The city's tourism arm wants to protect its $30 million budget, and last year the state slashed costs that forced the group —instrumental in organizing events including Taste of Chicago and the James Beard Awards— to cut jobs. CEO Don Walsh resigned earlier this year.
—Artisan Cellar, the wine shop/cafe (slashie? hybrid?) inside the Merchandise Mart is no longer carrying Three Floyds products. Chicagoist has the details of a note posted on the cafe's window, which criticizes how Three Floyds allocates beer to its retailers and how it treats clients.
—The world of novelty pastries was delivered an inevitable blow, as the creator of the waffle/donut (slashie? hybrid?)— the wonut— has officially shuttered in Lakeview. After losing its business license, the city shut down Waffles Cafe at 3611 N. Broadway St., reported DNAinfo. It appears a Streeterville location at 203 E. Ohio St. is still open.