— As Bottled Blonde stays open while it appeals the city’s effort to revoke its liquor license, the controversial River North clubstaurant now faces a new challenge that could close it sooner. The city is attempting to level the bar — which has brought constant complaints from neighbors since before it even opened — with allegations of new violations of “nuisance behavior” such as more public urination and vomiting, the Sun-Times reports. If the charges are successfully instituted Bottled Blonde could have to close during the appeal process. A status hearing is scheduled for February 20.
— Uber-popular brewpub Half Acre launches all-day brunch at its new location this weekend. The brunch, which will happen every Sunday from 10 a.m. until close, includes a porchetta Benedict, absinthe dill-cured salmon gravlax with the fixings on pumpernickel onion toast, and French toast with coconut pastry cream.
— In other brunch news, Four Corners Tavern Group’s Fulton Market Mexican barstaurant Federales also starts brunch this weekend. Look for dishes including red and green chicken chilaquiles and breakfast tacos on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., when one brunch dish and one drink goes for $15.
— Smyth and The Loyalist co-owners John Shields and Karen Urie Shields will tell their story about how they fell in love and opened restaurants together on Monday at 9 p.m. on the FYI series “Love at First Bite.” The Tribune has more details.
— Additional tickets have just been added for Stephanie Izard’s dim sum brunch collaboration with Milwaukee favorite Dan Dan, taking place this Sunday at Duck Duck Goat.
— And finally, Chicago sweets queen Mindy Segal just launched a new brand of marijuana edibles. Named Mindy’s Kitchen, the new line includes four flavors of fruit chews, eleven flavors of gummies and five flavors of hard candy; while the original line, Mindy’s Artisanal Edibles, focuses on baked goods, brittles, and caramels inspired by her restaurant desserts.