—There’s a new CEO at Potbelly. Crain’s Chicago reported on Friday that Alan Johnson will take over the popular Chicago sandwich chain’s CEO spot six months after former CEO Aylwin Lewis announced his departure. Johnson has consulted for companies attempting a turnaround, but it’s TBD on what Johnson has in store for the local sandwich and milkshake spot.
—Cocoa + Co. is debuting a new menu in collaboration with NAHA pastry chef Craig Harzewski. The chocolate cafe’s menu now features duck, squash, and cannelloni bean empanadas; gruyere, bacon, and chard quiches; and baked oats with apple and plum preserves. Harzewski will also be crafting Cocoa + Co. signature items like almond biscotti and salted caramel brownies.
—Sable Kitchen & Bar has a new cocktail menu with some lavish drinks. The menu has a few drinks using rare spirits not normally seen in cocktails, pulled out for the holiday season. For example, the “Message in a Bottle,” which runs at a cool $75 includes Glenfiddich 21- Year, Zaya Gran Reserva 12-Year Rum, hibiscus-honey tea syrup, and Rare Wine Co. Boston ‘Historic Series’ Bual Madeira. It’s served on a glass tray in a double-barreled bowl with two crystal glasses, to add a little more luxury to the pricey cocktail.
—Hubbard Inn will debut a new winter menu starting December 11. Dishes like a duck bocadillo “Sloppy Joe,” a salt cod brandade, and roasted spaghetti squash make their way onto the menu for the winter. The tavern is also hosting a weekly series starting Thursday called “Live at the Lounge,” a free music series. It kicks off on December 7 with contemporary singer Kelsey Quinn Mark.