—Gold Coasters won’t have Phil Tadros’ Bow Truss Coffee Roasters to use as a gelato punching bag this summer. That’s because the Chicago Park District has evicted Bow Truss from the Mariano Park space, where Tadros had reportedly been behind on rent. The park district is looking for interested parties to take over the kiosk, according to the Tribune. Gibsons had been interested in the past. Bow Truss opened in the space, which is only open during the spring/summer, in May. Tadros recently reopened two of his Bow Truss locations but the other eight in Chicago remain closed following a mass-employee walkout and he is concentrating on only keeping profitable locations in operation.
—Two-Michelin-starred Acadia is trying something different. Chef/owner Ryan McCaskey has unveiled a bar tasting menu, where, for $45 per person, diners get an approachable three-course meal. There’s a snack course of fried head cheese, pulled beef tendon, grissini with Iberico ham and Boursin cheese. The second course consists of grilled baby octopus with calamari, fennel and chorizo. That’s followed by Wagyu beef with vegetable ash, sprout leaves and smoked soubise. The dessert course appears to be a take on the Milky Way candy bar.
—After closing for a month inside the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano is ready to roar today. The restaurant, helmed by Spiaggia chef/owner Tony Mantuano, replaced its furniture and added a new marble bar. The Tribune has photos of the remodeled space.
—On the heels of this weekend’s ACLU coffeeshop fundraisers, TrueNorth Cafe in Andersonville is also participating in With Love From Andersonville. That’s when select merchants in the neighborhood will donate 14 percent of sales from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14 to a variety of charities. It’s a special cause for TrueNorth, as one of their co-owners is Iraqi and came over to the U.S. in the 1990s.
—Berco’s Popcorn in Lincoln Park is once more partnering with Doug Sohn. Starting today (Friday), and throughout February, you can stop into the shop at 810 W. Armitage Ave. to buy a bag of Hot Doug’s Duck Fat Delight. The popcorn, made with the same duck fat used in Sohn’s French fries, was a popular snack that patrons lined up to buy last year. If folks are looking for another Hot Doug’s-related munchie for Super Bowl Sunday, they could also head to BroBagel in Wicker Park. The bagel shop attached to Piece is debuting atomic chili made with Hot Doug’s atomic sausage.
—Be wary of Restaurant.com, and know these worries are about the website that uses restaurant, as in the singular. The Better Business Bureau put out an alert about the Arlington Heights-based website that sells restaurant gift certificates. The BBB has received more than 250 complaints about the website and some restaurant owners weren’t even aware that Restaurant.com is offering gift certificates featuring their restaurant. That makes it awkward when trying to redeem a discount. The site’s CEO is attributing the complaints to communication problems, according to the Tribune.
—Estereo, Heisler’s all-day bar in Logan Square, is taking a creative solution to feeding their patrons. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays through February, they’ll have a guest restaurant behind their panini press, serving special hot sandwiches for $12. Kimski is up today (Friday), Dove’s Luncheonette on Feb. 10, Parson’s Chicken & Fish on Feb. 17 and Wyler Road is up on Feb. 24.
—Need another place to watch the Super Bowl? Moody Tongue Brewery’s Pilsen tasting room hopes football fans do, as they’re making two food items exclusively for Sunday’s game. In keeping with founder Jared Rouben’s "sweet vs. salty" philosophy—they only serve chocolate cake and oysters regularly—they’ll serve Oysters Rockefeller and "Moody Munch." What is "Moody Munch"? It’s a party mix with pretzels, chocolate cereal, dry-roasted peanuts, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.