—Though Thanksgiving is a ways off, Goose Island Brewing Co. looks to have something new up their sleeves for this year's batch of coveted Bourbon County Brand Stout. The Tribune reports that Goose has applied for a label with the federal government for a beer aged in scotch barrels, a first for the company. This new BCBS label is light blue, FYI.
—BBQ Joint is no more in Lincoln Park, as older and neighboring sibling Taco Joint has rebranded the space as an expansion. Taco Joint ownership wanted to knock down the neighboring wall between the two restaurants, but the building is a protected landmark and they couldn't follow through on plans, according to a spokeswoman. Instead they've replaced the BBQ Joint awning with a Taco Joint awning giving them more dining room space in hopes of reducing weekend wait times. Taco Joint has been looking for additional space for years.
—So much for the return of Pompei on Sheffield. The Italian fast-casual spot has abruptly closed, reported DNAinfo. The restaurant enjoyed a seven-year stint before closing in 2004, but then reopened in the same space in Lakeview last year. The venerable chain has roots off Taylor Street in Little Italy, dating back to 1909.
—Check out this floor plan of Revival Food Hall in Chicago magazine. The magazine has an artist's rendition of the chef-driven food court slated to open next month in the Loop. Smoque BBQ, Aloha Poke Co. and Antique Taco are among the court's vendors.
—The U.S. Pizza Museum and their pop-up exhibits will return to Chicago. They'll set up for two months from July 18 to Sept. 18 at The Whistler. A kickoff party takes place on July 20 at the Whistler, featuring pizza from Father & Son Restaurant down the street. Rapper ShowYouSuck will perform.
—Devon Seafood Grill in River North now has a new raw bar offering oysters, lobster claws and shrimp cocktails. The oyster bar also features several other small plates for patrons.