—As dive bars continue to dwindle, the owners of The Happy Village are trying to broker a sale to the owners of Lucky's Sandwiches Co., according to DNAinfo. There might be a problem with transferring the bar's liquor license to Lucky's that would stymie the sale. Lucky's ownership sold interest in a Wicker Park location earlier this year. Some worry that a failed sale could put the bar's future in jeopardy.
—Yakitori Boogytori, the Japanese restaurant the opened in February in Arlington Heights from the owners of Wasabi and Ramen Takeya, is now serving ramen in the suburbs. The restaurant focuses on skewers, but due to demand they're now serving the same chicken paitan, spicy miso paitan and shio ramen found at its siblings.
—There's still no opening date for Myron Mixon's Smokeshow, the barbecue spot near Wrigley Field from the celebrity barbecue pit master, but it won't be this month, reports Chicago. Looks like the restaurant will open in August.
—New York chef Einat Admony is targeting Chicago as part of her worldwide expansion plans for Taïm, a fast-casual Israeli spot, reports Eater National. Admony is also known for Bar Bolonat and Balaboosta in New York.
—HopCat is gearing up to open on Sept. 3 in Lincoln Park, according to a news release. The Michigan-based chain of brewpubs promises the interiors of their first Chicago location will be unique at 2577 N. Clark St.
—Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria, another quick-fire concept, is opening its first Chicago location today in The Loop at 170 W. Washington St., reported Crain's. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based chain now has four locations.
—Monday will be the next, rare chance to try to "Indianish" flavors from the folks behind the Bombay Breakdown pop-up. Zeeshan Shah (The Biscuit Man) and his partner Yoshi Yamada will serve items including pork belly naan, brisket haleem and a chai-infused ice cream sandwich. It's from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday at The Long Room.
—For the first time in more than 27 years, there's new ownership at the Czech Plaza Restaurant in suburban Berwyn. Old ownership wrote an appreciative Facebook post on Monday thanking customers before passing the torch to the new team.