—Andersonville eaters lost a popular Italian restaurant over the weekend. Johnny Brown Bag, a casual full-service eatery with a bar, shuttered after service on Easter Sunday at 5406 N. Clark St. The restaurant, from the same owners of Via Carducci La Sorella in Wicker Park, opened in 2012. The space had been on the real estate market for a while but is now listed as "off market," which suggests that it may have found a buyer, although there’s no official word on that yet.
—Cafe Marie-Jeanne chef/owner Mike Simmons got quite a surprise for his 40th birthday: a four-foot-long Chicago-style hot dog with all the trimmings. The 15-pound dog was smoked for four hours, topped with a half gallon of neon relish and a pint of celery salt and cut into one-pound slices, according to DNAinfo.
—The Radler, Logan Square’s chef-driven German restaurant and pub, brought back lunch service last week. The mid-day service runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Friday, and offers free coffee and wi-fi. Ownership previously tried out lunch nearly three years ago but scrapped it.
—The Gage, Billy Lawless’ ever-popular Mag Mile upscale Irish restaurant and pub that’s one of Eater Chicago’s essential bars, amazingly turned 10 years old yesterday. Lawless and team is celebrating over the next 10 days with specials and a blowout on April 21 — and he has also officially branded his group as Gage Hospitality Group.
—If you eat at Panera sometime soon, make sure to check your receipt. That’s because a customer at the suburban South Barrington location found a mysterious and hidden $9 charge on their receipt, according to WGN. A store manager told the TV station that it "had never happened before and hasn’t happened since" and comped the customer’s entire bill and offered them "as many pastries as we wanted."
—And finally, here’s a SPOILER ALERT for those paying attention to the reboot of "Iron Chef Gauntlet" that debuted last night on the Food Network: local stars Stephanie Izard and Sarah Grueneberg both advanced, although Grueneberg had to win the "Secret Ingredient Showdown" to stay on after she lost the "Chairman’s Challenge," which Izard won with a duck tartare. The show airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. until its finale on May 21.