—Chicago is getting a location of a cult-favorite Korean fried chicken chain. Bonchon, a mega-popular international chain of more than 200 restaurants that’s known for its wings, is taking over Tony Hu’s Lao Shanghai space in Chinatown Square (2163 S. China Place), according to signage outside that the Tribune noticed, as well as a Tous les Jours bakery next door. There’s no word yet on opening timeframe, so stay tuned.
—Meanwhile, Lakeview coffee drinkers are losing a popular spot on Sunday. That’s when Dollop will close its location at 824 W. Belmont Ave., DNAinfo reports. Owner Dan Weiss had made the location into a hybrid shop/employee training center more than a year ago, and he’ll move the training to his Monroe Street location in the Loop. Dollop currently has 10 locations, and the other spots are unaffected by this closure.
—In more sad news for folks in Lakeview, the Rocks location at 3463 N. Broadway St. caught fire on Wednesday night, according to multiple reports and eyewitness accounts on social media. There’s no word yet on a reopening, as ownership only said via Instagram that "we’ll be down for a bit." The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce posted that no one was hurt but the damage was "extensive."
—Stephanie Izard sauces and rubs are now for sale at all Mariano’s locations. The line, which she first unveiled at Little Goat and is appropriately named This Little Goat, include a variety of Asian cooking sauces and barbecue, Indian, and South American spice mixes.
—And finally, on the heels of the many restaurants that closed yesterday (including more than 50 in Chicago) for the "Day Without Immigrants" strike, Acadia's two-Michelin-starred chef-owner Ryan McCaskey, who himself is a Vietnamese refugee that came to the U.S. on a green card as an infant, penned two Op-Eds to tell his story and why he closed his restaurant yesterday. "At the end of the day, it’s about the right thing to do and treating humans like humans," he says in one.