—The Publican project reported in May for Wicker Park has a name. The Tribune was the first to notice the signage for Publican Anker. No opening date has been shared for the space north of One Off Hospitality's other Wicker Park spots: Dove's Luncheonette, Big Star and Violet Hour.
—Luella's Southern Kitchen has launched weekday breakfast over in Lincoln Square. Morning items include Nashville hot chicken and waffles, homemade oatmeal and a soft shell crab Benedict. There's a kid's menu offered, too. Service stretches 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays. Weekend brunch service remains the same.
—This weekend, venerable Chicago steakhouse Gene & Georgetti celebrates their 75th anniversary. They kicked off festivities on Thursday, but diners who visit Friday and Saturday will feast upon a special anniversary menu for two (the only menu available on those two days). G&G will donate all proceeds over the weekend to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
—Wicker Park's Fifty/50 will reopen on July 28, according to this Facebook post. The Division Street bar has been closed since the middle of the month as it undergoes renovations. They'll retain the sports bar feel with a few modern upgrades while the drink program gets an overhaul.
—The 606 may never be the same thanks to Mindy Segal. Starting on Aug. 2, the Hot Chocolate chef/owner is launching a mobile "IceTrike" along the park district path. The trike will sell a new creation: gourmet fudge-sicles. They'll sell for $4 and come in flavors including Klug Fram strawberries & cream; peanut butter & jam; and milk chocolate malted. Follow @MindySegal on Twitter to see where to find the trike.
—White Sox fans may want to attend Friday and Saturday's Taste of Latin of America, on Division Street, between California and Rockwell. They're serving up three dishes inspired by players on the sub .500 team. DNAinfo dishes details on Jose Quintana's Colombian-style hot dog by Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse; Jose Abreu's brochettas by La Havana Cafe; and Melky Cabrera's arroz con pollo by Venezuelan Bowl Grill.
—No, Gapers Block isn't returning, but founder Andrew Huff is bringing back the Chicago-centric blog's Microbrewery Crawl on Saturday, July 30. Tickets are $45, and the tour's limited to 40 people. They'll tour Lagunitas Brewing Co. tasting room, than travel via bus to Off Color Brewing, then to new Dovetail Brewery and finishing in Albany Park at The Finch Kitchen.
—It's not exactly new news, but Friendship Chinese Restaurant has closed their Friendship on the Lake location. Guests have complained that the quality at the Lake Michigan location didn't match that of Friendship's flagship in Logan Square.