—Q-Tine, the late-night barbecue and poutine restaurant on Logan Square’s hot Milwaukee Avenue strip, is no more. A “for sale” sign has appeared on the storefront at 2339 N. Milwaukee Ave., DNAinfo first reported, and the phone line doesn’t ring and leads to a full mailbox. The restaurant opened in May 2015 and was frequently near-empty.
—Beloved late-night Lincoln Park hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle continued its tradition of practical jokes this past April Fools Day, when it “dressed up” as being “annexed” by Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. Check out a photo of the menu below, which included Trump and Putin footlongs, “Putin’s Poutine” with melted “democracheese,” and a Dippin’ Dots dessert special named “The Spicer Swallows.”
—Around 4,000 people attended that ninth annual Baconfest over the weekend, where 150 restaurants served more than 8,000 pounds of bacon. Jordan’s Food of Distinction (lobster pork cappuccino), Honey Butter Fried Chicken (loaded mash with fried chicken chunks and bacon buffalo sauce) and Three Floyds Brewpub (empanada with confit bacon and XO sauce) won the “most creative use of bacon awards”; while Mastro’s Steakhouse, Italian Village Restaurants, Kitty O’Shea’s, Troquet River North, and The Bad Apple won the best front of the house awards.
—Won Fun Chinese, the Szechaun restaurant/karaoke bar on Randolph Row by Austin Baker, has discontinued lunch service but is now open seven days a week in the evening, according to its newsletter.
—Legendary chef, author, and food activist Alice Waters will appear at Harold Washington Library in the Loop tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. to speak and sign books. More information is available here.
—And finally, predictably, Elizabeth’s “Stranger Things” menu series, running for two weeks in July, is already sold out. But interested eaters can join the waitlist here.