— Chicago coffee drinkers and tourists are a couple steps closer to getting the world’s largest Starbucks. Crate & Barrel is set to vacate the space at 646 N. Michigan Avenue by January 24, Curbed Chicago reports, clearing the way for the Starbucks Reserve — a four-story roastery, coffee shop, bakery, roof deck, and more — to take over and open in 2019. Starbucks also secured a building permit that estimates nearly $10 million in construction costs for the 43,000-square-foot space.
— Au Cheval fans can get back in line as Hogsalt’s uber-popular burger pilgrimage and neo-diner is back open on Randolph Row after it closed for renovations on New Year’s Day. Brendan Sodikoff tells Eater that the changes are for “staff comfort and improved equipment,” so expect the dining area and bar to look mostly similar as before.
— Kendall College, Chicago’s most-acclaimed culinary school, has agreed to transfer all of its academic programs to National Louis University on South Michigan Avenue, according to statements by both schools. There’s no word yet what this means for Kendall’s current campus in Goose Island. The U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission still need to approve the deal.
— Bergstein’s NY Deli, a Hyde Park staple for more than four years, has shuttered the location at 1164 E. 55th Street, the Hyde Park Herald reports. Its original Chicago Heights location remains open.
— And finally, The Avondale Tap — the new popular bar in Avondale from the owners of G&O and Aberdeen Tap — has officially started serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Look for beignets, chicken and waffles, and $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas at 3634 W. Belmont Ave.