—Do suburbanites not like arcade bars as much as city Chicagoans? It appears that way, as following the shutter of the suburban Emporium Arcade Bar in early August Tokens & Tankards, a similar concept in Mount Prospect, closed its doors for good this week. A Facebook post on Wednesday announced the shutter, but didn’t give a reason.
—As you may have read, Jonah Reider, who garnered much press when he started a popular supper club in his dorm room in NYC’s Columbia University, is beginning a guest chef stint at Intro on Sept. 15. Reservations will be available at noon today for his $95 "supper club experience" ($45 wine pairings are optional) by calling the restaurant, while a few of his dishes will also be on the a la carte menu. Those dishes include scallop crudo with Meyer lemon, chive and rhubarb; and duck leg confit with maitake, red quinoa, and chimichurri (pictured below).
—Americano 2211, the daytime-focused restaurant from the man behind The Winchester that replaced Birchwood Kitchen on North Avenue in Wicker Park, has started evening service. Owner Chris Pappas is calling it Bar Americano, serving pinxtos and other small plates as well as cocktails, beer, wine and other drinks. Check out the menu here. Speaking of cocktails, there’s a new beverage manager at both spots — Ken Pritz — who most recently learned from Paul McGee at the Chicago Athletic Association.
—Chicago could get a Friendly’s — the longtime northeast diner-esque burger and ice cream restaurant chain — if its president and CEO has his way. The chain is expanding after it looked like it may go away, and John Maguire tells masslive.com that "we are looking for new franchisees in areas that we have had to pull out from. I'd love to have new operators in Ohio, Chicago, St. Louis."
—The man behind the ever-popular Baconfest is setting his sights on another festival — on that focuses on dumplings and classic hip-hop. Dumpling Fest is coming to AceBounce in the Loop on Oct. 15, and more info is available here.
—Beauty Bar is rallying support and making an event out of the forthcoming amusement tax hearing at the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings on Oct. 17.
—And finally, Chicago magazine and the Sun-Times pay homage to and chronicle the history of The Parthenon’s invention of flaming saganaki following the Greektown anchor’s sad shutter earlier this week.