— Lincoln Parkers will officially get a Parson’s Chicken & Fish soon. Land & Sea Dept.’s plan to convert a former auto garage into the third location (after a Nashville outpost) of its summertime hotbed of outdoor fun, slushies, and fried food was glowingly approved yesterday by the city council, DNAinfo reports. Ownership is targeting a spring opening, a rep says. Meanwhile, Parson’s original Logan Square location will host a fundraiser for Austin, Texas’ Franklin Barbecue, which is temporarily closed after a fire, on Sunday, selling pulled pork sandwiches and Texas-centric beer and cocktails to benefit the mecca of ‘que.
— The city wrapped up its case on Wednesday against Bottled Blonde, as attorneys and residents met at City Hall to determine the fate of the River North "restaurant's" liquor license. Bottled Blonde's attorneys will present their witnesses on Tuesday, as the hearing continues to stretch longer than originally anticipated, and staff are expected to testify as management for the Arizona-based chain of party bars attempts to stave off this attempt to close down their Chicago location. Wednesday's testimony came from David Shiba, a nearby resident who established an anti-Bottled Blonde website and helped organize locals after he thought Bottled Blonde management ignored his concerns. He presented another video showing traffic delays, puking patrons, and more complaints that have been detailed at community meetings that took place during the summer. Even if the hearing wraps up resolved on next week, Bottled Blonde would have the opportunity to appeal the decision.
— Avec unveils its new second-floor events space and bar area today. The space — which expands One Off Hospitality’s trailblazing Randolph Street restaurant for the first time in its 14-year history — is “inspired by a Mediterranean wine cave,” seats 40-60 people, and serves the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus.
— Chicago now has its own unofficial food encyclopedia, as the aptly-named Chicago Food Encyclopedia — which includes nearly 400 entries — becomes available for purchase today. Check out this deep dive into the book in the Reader.
— And finally, Schnitzelfest is back at Bohemian House for a third year beginning tomorrow through Sept. 22. Five guest chefs will cook their spins on the German fried classic at the River North restaurant, including Duck Inn chef Kris Delee and Forbidden Root chef Dan Weiland, and beer specials will flow. Interested eaters can reserve tables here.