— Longtime Lakeview punk store The Alley, which this spring added a coffeeshop and cafe component as The Alley 1776, is slated to close around the end of the month, Block Club reports. Its owner reportedly made the decision due to health problems and hopes to find a new partner to keep its tradition alive.
— Chef-owner Iliana Regan is changing the format of her more casual Japanese-inspired restaurant Kitsune on Wednesday. Regan, who once again garnered a Michelin star last week for Elizabeth, will only serve three, five, or nine-course kaiseki tasting menus for $35, $65, and $110 Wednesdays through Sundays at Kitsune beginning October 3. A la carte menus will still be available Mondays and Tuesdays starting next week. Tickets are more information are here.
— Chef Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno, Nonnina, Maillard Tavern) won both the judges’ and people’s choice awards at this year’s Hamburger Hop on Friday night. Priolo, who has gotten multiple accolades for his burgers at Maillard Tavern, went decadent at the 2018 Chicago Gourmet kickoff competition in topping his with black-truffle pesto, foie-gras mayo, seared foie gras and crispy prosciutto di Parma, the Tribune reports.
— And finally, Lettuce Entertain You is turning Oyster Bah’s basement into a separate but related restaurant. Crab Cellar, inspired by the popular Lincoln Park seafood spot’s Thursday night special, will only serve unlimited Alaskan king crab, burgers, and sides (in addition to drinks) for $59.95 per person on Wednesdays through Sundays. It’s slated to open on October 10.