—A.C. Slater came back to Bayside, people. Mario Lopez, the actor who played the jock on "Saved by the Bell," appeared at the Wicker Park popup replica of the show’s diner, Saved by the Max, on Friday night, according to a news release and reports far and wide. Lopez reportedly brought up the menu items named after his character — "A.C. Sliders" and the "Albert Clifford" cocktail — asking about the latter, "why’s it gotta be a margarita?"
—Celebrity chef David Burke’s suburban restaurant is no more — although he hasn’t been involved Grillhouse by David Burke since July, the Daily Herald reports. The restaurant opened in Schaumburg in October 2014.
—You can now get Stephanie Izard’s Chinese food quickly in the evenings. Duck Duck Ta Go, the takeout window that opened at perpetually-packed Duck Duck Goat in mid-August, is now open until 10 p.m. nightly. It previously was only open until 2 p.m.
—TV host Andrew Zimmern got a cabbie’s view of the Chicago food scene for his new Travel Channel series "Driven By Food," the Tribune reports. The episode airs tonight at 8:30 p.m.
—Don’t be too sad, but infamous Lakeview late-night bar Big City Tap is temporarily closed. It’ll reopen on Sept. 26 with new menus and a new bar, according to its Facebook page.
—Tickets are on sale for this year’s Beer and Bacon Classic, coming to Soldier Field on Oct. 1. Local restaurants involved include Public House, Flo, Red Door, Farmhouse, and more. Click here for more information.