—The Furious Spoon guys have more plans for one Logan Square block. After opening a location of their burgeoning ramen chain at Milwaukee and Fullerton and planning to open Deadbolt Bar next door in the former Two-Way Lounge space with help from acclaimed bartender Dustin Drankiewicz, DNAinfo reports that the team is also planning to open a cocktail bar next to that in a former nail salon at 2416 N. Milwaukee Ave. Details are few so stay tuned for more.
—The chefs behind Lettuce Entertain You’s concept-shifting Lincoln Park restaurant Intro have dabbled in dim sum already, and now they’re announcing plans to launch a full "modern dim sum" iteration on Jan. 26. that could last for a while. The concept, a collaboration between chefs Stephen Gillanders, CJ Jacobson and Aaron Martinez, will include a la carte, multi-course, family-style, and Restaurant Week options of dim sum, vegetables, noodles, fried rice, and more. A rep says the iteration will last "longer than usual" and at least four months.
—River North Mexican-themed party bar El Hefe is catching flack from customers for a "blackface" pinata appearing this past Sunday night, DNAinfo reports. The publication quotes a customer calling it "a blatant display of racism," and a spokeswoman apologized for the incident.
—The tiny Starbucks in the center of Wicker Park finally closed in anticipation of its expansion and reopening as the city’s first "Reserve Bar" sometime next month, DNAinfo reports.
—River North residents and workers have a new lunch option at Bar Lupo. The "Italian pub" is now serving sandwiches and more for weekday lunch; check out the menu below.
—Ukrainian Village fast-food mainstay Fatso’s Last Stand was sadly hit by bullets from a drive-by shooting that knocked out its doors and windows, which will be replaced "as soon as possible."
—And finally, sad news in the tiki bar world. Artist and sculptor William Westenhaver, who is described as "a ‘founding father’ of the tiki movement" whose work can be prominently seen at Hala Kahiki in River Grove, has passed away, the Sun-Times reports. He was 91 years-old.