—The owner of quirky longtime late-night bar and music venue Underground Wonder Bar says its finally closing — and swears that this time it’s for real. A Facebook post announces that Sept. 3 will be its last day in business at 710 N. Clark St. But there’s reason to be skeptical that this is truly the end, as ownership had previously announced its demise multiple times — including this past January — and is still around. Stay tuned.
—Would you eat Chicago-style deep-dish pizza as airline food? United passengers will get that chance beginning in July as the Chicago-based airline will serve Uno’s pizzas on flights that begin in the United States and last more than 3 1⁄2 hours, the Tribune reports. The pies, which will only be available in one variety (spinach and cheese), cost $9.99 and are part of the airline’s revamped food menu that will be available starting July 1.
—Brickhouse, the new restaurant and bar just outside Wrigley Field that will be operated by Four Corners Tavern Group, is scheduled to open on June 27. But some drama surrounds its name, as Cubs ownership wants to brand it the “Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern” in an 11-year naming rights deal with the beer behemoth but the Illinois Liquor Control Commission postponed a decision until next month to deliberate over whether the name constitutes a “tied house,” the outlawed deals where one brewer controls which brands a retailer sells, Crain’s reports.
—The legend of Portillo’s resurrected lemon cake has reached the big time: Jimmy Kimmel Live. The late-night talk show opened its Tuesday night show with skit from the Taylor Street location where employees held slices of the cake and hot dogs and told the nation about the cake, DNAinfo first noticed. Check out the clip below.
—A new app is available for Chicagoans that promises free food and drinks at more than 150 local restaurants and coffee shops. Freevo requires a membership that normally costs $20, but is offering that for free until July 31 as a launch special. More info is here.
—And finally, after previously theming dinner series after Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, and other pop culture fantasy series, Elizabeth Restaurant will do Alice in Wonderland this fall. Kicking off in October, the seasonal series also includes four “The White Rabbit and Mad Hatter Woodland Dinners” that month which include road trips to a forest for a meal, a bonfire, smores, and more — for $600 a person. Tickets and more info available here.