— It’s November and the Taco Bell at 1111 W. Addison Street — near Wrigley Field — still is standing. Originally, the fast-food restaurant was supposed to be demolished on Thursday, but there’s been a bit of a reprieve, according to a local company spokesperson. The Bell will serve its last chalupa on December 2. Though last month it opened a location near the CTA’s Belmont Red/Brown/Purple line station, a real estate source said the Bell’s looking for another property nearby. The company has interest in opening a Taco Bell Cantina that serves booze near Wrigley.
— The opening for Onward Chicago, the restaurant from the former owner of Next in Rogers Park, has been pushed back. Owner Michael Olszewski and company won’t hit the announced November 9 date at 6580 N. Sheridan Road. A spokesperson said they’re shooting for the middle of the month.
— Planters, the famous peanut company, really dropped the ball earlier this week when its “Mr. Peanut” Twitter handle posted a social media video trumpeting the creation of a branded beer brewed by Noon Whistle Brewing in suburban Lombard. The video, an edgy combination of Internet culture, mistakenly claimed the beer was brewed in Cleveland. It failed to even mention Noon Whistle. Several Twitter users blew the whistle on the mistake. Planters’ Twitter handle issued a half-shelled apology, one that Noon Whistle accepted via social media. Read Off Color Brewing’s John Laffler’s take below.
Wow. Completely ignores the collaboration aspect of brewing with a small Illinois brewery they don’t mention besides lying about where it’s made. Though it somehow feels worse it’s more likely an oversight due to how little they regard the brewery aspect of this. Good job, brand! https://t.co/BlD2HDSYxC— John Laffler (@jalaffler) October 31, 2018
— A Chicago police officer is under investigation for allegedly beating two people while off-duty outside @mosphere, a gay club in Andersonville, reported the Tribune. No charges have been filed against Sgt. Eric Elkins, but he’s a person of interest, the paper reported. An altercation started inside the club. The victims’ injuries included a broken leg, broken cheekbones, and a perforated trachea. Elkins has a checkered past, the newspaper reported. The incident happened on September 29.
— Finally, Chicago’s bar and restaurant workers have a new way to pick up shifts. A new app, Jitjatjo, — already used in N.Y — has expanded to Chicago. After an application process (there’s a face-to-face interview involved), prospective workers are paired with temporary openings from restaurants including TAO and Rosa Mexicano. The app acts as a middle-man and handles direct deposits and pays workers themselves. They’re looking to bulk up their user base.