— Paczki day — the unofficial food holiday where Chicagoans stock up on the Polish fried-dough pastry — is coming up on February 13 and a local brewery will release a beer on that day meant to taste like and pair with the delicacies. Marz Community Brewing, the brewery from the owners of Bridgeport stalwart Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, brewed a paczki stout (7.1% ABV double milk stout with lactose and cocoa nibs) which will be sold at bars and liquor stores around the Chicago area. Time Out Chicago has more.
— Local hip-hop icon Lupe Fiasco released a song via Twitter named after and honoring the founder of local fried chicken chain icon Harold’s Chicken Shack. Named “Harold’s,” Fiasco’s verse begins “Harold’s, story of the Southern fried chicken king” and is backed with video of Harold’s signage and chicken sizzling in Harold’s fryers. Listen to and watch it here.
Happy Birthday To My Real Brothers Harold “Huggy Bear” Perkins...this one dedicated to you big bro! Love couldn’t find a gift so I figured I bring you back to the crib one time...— DROGASLight Out Now! (@LupeFiasco) February 5, 2018
From the vaults “Harold’s” prod. By Chris Dave#TheChi pic.twitter.com/SHs0Y5uljt
— Murray Bros. Caddyshack, the “Caddyshack”-inspired bar and restaurant from actor Bill Murray and his brothers, is getting closer to opening in Rosemont. The Daily Herald reports that it’s slated to open in mid-April at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare hotel at 9546 Balmoral Avenue, and that interior construction is ongoing.
— A traveling popup bar that would double as a “cultural experience of art, music, and Chicago” could launch. A Kickstarter is live for Lake Shore Dive, which would pop up at bars around the city for one-to-three months and collaborate with local artists and musicians to be “a place for Chicago by Chicago.” So far it has received just $500 of its $10,000 goal and has a March 7 deadline.
— And finally, Chicagoans can taste the rare Yemeni coffee and meet the man who risked his life for it in Yemen and became the subject of a best-selling book at a free event at Metropolis Coffee Company’s cafe in Edgewater this afternoon. Mokhtar Al-Khanshali, subject of the Dave Eggers book “The Monk of Mokha,” will be there from 3-5 p.m. and a limited amount of the coffee and signed copies of the book will be for sale. More info is here.