—Say goodbye to all of the Ruby Tuesdays in Illinois. The chain shuttered all of its 10 remaining restaurants in the state, the Tribune reports, amidst sagging sales that have led to downsizing across the country. Four suburban Chicago locations were among the shutters: Skokie, Downers Grove, Melrose Park and Gurnee.
—4 Star Restaurant Group (Remington's, Smoke Daddy, Crosby's Kitchen) is revealing more info about Tuco and Blondie, its massive Mexican restaurant and bar concept replacing Justin's at 3358 N. Southport in September. The "full service cantina" will serve an "American spin on Mexican cuisine," according to a representative, and encompass 3,000 square-feet inside, a more than 3,000 square-foot outdoor patio, and 250 seats. Check out a rendering below and chef Todd Stein's pastor tacos here.
—West Loop Latin forefather Carnivale is getting into the food truck game. The truck, slated to hit the streets in late August, will serve Latin fusion dishes from the restaurant seven days a week all around the Chicagoland area.
—A car crashed into the Viagra Triangle bar She-nannigans House of Beer on Saturday night, according to multiple reports, injuring two pedestrians. The establishment reportedly sustained minor damage but appears to have stayed open.
—Tickets are on sale for the 28th annual Shaw's Oyster Fest food and music outdoor block party, taking place on September 30 at Hubbard and Rush streets. The food menu for the event, which you can read below, includes a variety of raw shellfish, and cold and hot seafood items.
—Niko's Gyros at 2775 N. Elston in Logan Square has become Chop Society, serving fast build-your-own wraps, plates, and salads, as well as burgers, sandwiches, sides, and breakfast. Check out the menu here.