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Man Charged With Hate Crimes For Violently Racist Rant at Chicago Starbucks

Plus, FireFin Poke Shop nixes Fulton Market location and more intel

William Boucher
Cook County sheriff’s office

— The man who allegedly hurled racist insults and punched a 59-year-old black man outside a Loop Starbucks in June was charged with felony hate crimes in Cook County court on Monday, according to multiple reports. William Boucher, 24, was initially charged with three misdemeanor battery counts for the incident that was apparently set off when someone spilled coffee on his tan suit, but now faces four charges of aggravated battery in a public place and four counts of committing a hate crime. Here’s a video of the incident via ABC7, in which Boucher also screamed “Shut up, slave! Do not talk to me!” to another black customer. A Starbucks spokesperson told the Sun-Times that “We have absolutely no tolerance for this type of behavior in our stores, and are grateful to the partners (employees) and customers who stepped in to help until officers arrived.” Boucher is due in court on Oct. 23.

— Burgeoning local chain FireFin Poke Shop has backed out of opening its planned Fulton Market location, DNAinfo reports. The Hawaiian raw fish bowl purveyor was expected to open this fall at 177 N. Morgan St., which is the same booming strip that is also home to a new Shake Shack, Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken, and Honeygrow.

— Iliana Regan sold out of the first batch her new Kitsune meal kits in less than a day, the Michelin-starred chef/owner writes.

Uber-hot new Jewish deli Steingold’s unveiled later hours this week — it’s now open until 7 p.m. instead of 3 p.m. It’s now also delivering via Caviar.

— And finally, The Happy Lobster Truck is giving away free lobster rolls to its first 100 customers on Hubbard Street between Wells and Franklin in River North today beginning at 11 a.m.


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