— Longtime Eater 38 member The Publican has its new chef. Dennis Bernard fills the role vacated by Jacob Saben (a spokesperson said Saben left to travel). Bernard was a Chicago Eater Award finalist for Chef of the Year in 2015 for his work running the kitchen at fellow One Off Hospitality restaurant Dove’s Luncheonette. Bernard slides over to the Fulton Market OG and will work to expand its vegetable-focused dishes and more, Chicago magazine reports. Former Publican Quality Meats sous chef Tom Carlin heads to Wicker Park to run the kitchen at Dove’s. The move comes after Cosmo Goss was fired in October from his separate role as chef for the five Publican restaurants. Goss was removed for failure to take proper action against staff members who shared an “inappropriate” and “personal” photograph of a female coworker between fellow employees.
— The venerable Revolution Brewing will release a beer celebrating International Women’s Day at its Logan Square brewpub and Avondale taproom on February 21. The beer, named “Spirit of Revolt,” is an imperial IPA brewed by a group of Revolution’s female staff members and 100 percent of its sales will go to Connections for Abused Women and their Children. The taproom will also hold an all-female arts on crafts fair on March 8, International Women’s Day.
— Vegan tacos substitutes are becoming even trendier in Chicago. Scofflaw sibling The Moonlighter started serving tacos using Beyond Meat in recent months, following Tallboy Taco’s “Southwest Impossible Taco” that was served for a limited time starting in January. Meanwhile, Big Star’s Yuba Guisado Taco uses “slightly sweet and nutty-tasting tofu ribbons” and smothered in a spicy Guajillo salsa blend. Veggie Grill will continue the trend when it opens its first Chicago restaurant tomorrow.
— With its Dr. Seuss menu winding down, Elizabeth will turn to filmmaker Wes Anderson for inspiration next. Iliana Regan and team will run a menu series inspired by The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums, and more of his hits from March 6 until April 21, Time Out Chicago reports. Tickets are available here.
— An investor in Andersonville Italian restaurant Bar Roma is dating eight-time Olympic medalist speed skater and Olympic broadcaster Apollo Ohno, the Tribune reports. Bianca Stam, who lives in Los Angeles, hasn’t been to the restaurant yet, however.
— And finally, those who miss Matthias Merges’ dearly-departed Yusho can once again eat many of its menu staples at a popup tonight at Logan Square sibling spot Billy Sunday. Expect its 2x fried chicken, buns, and more to be available from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.