— Corporate-owned steakhouses in Chicagoland are becoming increasingly rarer. The latest to bite the dust is Sullivan’s Steakhouse in suburban Lincolnshire, the Daily Herald reports. It joins the city location of Sullivan’s in River North, which closed in June, and Del Frisco’s Gold Coast, which will close soon. A Sullivan’s in Naperville is the last one standing in the area.
— An online fundraiser for Jemel Roberson, the bouncer at suburban bar Manny’s Blue Room who was fatally shot by police while holding down an active shooter last weekend, has raised nearly $150,000 at publication time. Organizers set up the campaign to fund his burial expenses. Meanwhile, a former bouncer wrote an op-ed in the Sun-Times describing the harrowing line of work, writing “there were times when I could have been Jemel Roberson.” And CBS2 reports that Manny’s Blue Room has been operating with an expired liquor license so it was serving alcohol illegally on the night of the shooting.
— A Los Angeles-based hub of kitchens for “virtual” delivery versions of national and local restaurant chains is coming soon to Chicago. Kitchen United, which began in the L.A. area in May, will move into its Chicago kitchen center, which has capacity to house 10-20 restaurants, in River North (825 N. Sedgwick Street) in mid-December and start serving food in January, according to a news release. There’s no word on which food and restaurants will be available yet.
— Acclaimed Logan Square cafe, bakery, and weekend dinner spot Cellar Door Provisions now serves wine and Hopewell Brewing Co. beer, a rep says.
— And finally, beloved Uptown honky-tonk dive bar Carol’s Pub is getting even closer to finally reopening, as new ownership is hiring. New owner Ed Warm said late last month that the opening was “getting close” while not yet committing to a date.