— Beloved Mexican sandwich restaurant Cemitas Puebla is calling it quits on the South Side. Its Hyde Park location, which opened in September 2016 in the former Packed space at 1321 E. 57th Street, will shutter on Saturday, March 10. The restaurant’s director of operations writes that “ownership has decided to focus on building a stronger beverage program which did not fit with the family friendly atmosphere that 57th street so lovingly provides” and also teases that they’ll shift focus to the beverage program at the Fulton Market location — which will be the only Cemitas Puebla open — but hasn’t provided details about that yet. There’s still no word of another long-touted Humboldt Park or Logan Square location to replace the beloved original that sadly closed in May 2015 or the Logan spot that shuttered in September 2017.
— Scholarly Eater 38 Southern restaurant Big Jones closed temporarily on Monday to implement the second stage of its renovations. Expect changes to its dining room and kitchen renovations that will result in an open kitchen, an expanded in-house bakery program and “biscuit bar,” and a revamped menu. Its exterior was already renovated last summer. Expect it to reopen on March 23, just in time for its 10-year anniversary in April.
— Grubhub now delivers Shake Shack burgers, fries and more for a limited time from all four Chicagoland locations, but they’re not saying how long delivery will be available.
— “Windy City Live” may not cover as much food after Ji Suk Yi’s position was eliminated from the ABC7 daytime talk show. The move was made to save the network money, Robert Feder reports, and she won’t be replaced. Her farewell announcement is here.
— Suburban shopping center Yorktown Center is holding a competition for chefs and aspiring restaurateurs to open a restaurant there. The winner of the contest, named “Taste For The Space,” will get a turn-key space, free rent for six months, and $50,000 of investment funds. The deadline for entries is April 27 and the competition will take place on June 16.
— And finally, Rick Bayless’ mother Levita Potter Bayless Anderson passed away on Saturday at 91. An owner and operator of barbecue restaurant The Hickory House for nearly 40 years in Bayless’ native Oklahoma City, she sowed the culinary seeds that sprouted into the beloved and groundbreaking Chicago chef icon and TV star. Read more in The Oklahoman here and here.