—Another restaurant owner is taking a crack at reigniting the magic inside the former home of Hot Doug's. The people behind Lakeview's Cafe Tola hope that empanadas, tacos and espresso will do the trick, DNAinfo reports, as their third location is slated to open in Doug Sohn's former stomping grounds at 3324 N. California Ave. in around three weeks. The space, which is now being painted over on the outside, has been vacant since Frank Meats Patty threw in the towel in December.
—In other creative hot dog and sausage news: the popular Franks 'N' Dawgs is no more on Clybourn, news which slipped through the cracks as it shuttered on June 14. The space had been for sale since the summer of 2014 so the closing isn't a big surprise. Owner Alex Brunacci was hoping to relocate to a larger location somewhere in the West Loop, but there's no word if that will come to fruition as he hasn't responded to inquiries this week. The good news is you can still eat Franks 'N' Dawgs at Lollapalooza this week. Meanwhile, Brunacci's other restaurant, The Peasantry in Lakeview, remains on the real estate market too.
—Continuing with the shutter news, a promising all-day restaurant in Logan Square is done for good. Catalpa Kitchen, at 2800 W. Logan Blvd., announced the news on its website. It opened in September 2015 and lasted less than 11 months.
—And Taverna 750, a popular Italian-tinged restaurant and cocktail spot in Boystown, may be going away as well. Go Pride reports that its landlord applied for licensing to open their own restaurant in the space, which would force Taverna out, although it would reportedly look for a new home nearby. Owner Paul Cannella hasn't responded to requests for an update on the situation.