— Parson’s Chicken & Fish now serves its own beer — which is Revolution’s Cross of Gold beer in Parson’s cans, the Tribune reports. The patio-driven icon in Logan Square has its own retro cans to house the golden ale, which is now available for just $3 in the restaurant or for delivery via Caviar. Parson’s also now delivers its negroni slushies, Time Out Chicago reports.
— Popular Old Town spot Benchmark is closed for renovations. A spokesperson said it will open in mid-May, hopefully when patio weather starts. They’ve hired Siren Betty to help with the remodel and they’re changing up furniture, lighting, and more. Four Corners Tavern Group is also hiring for the summer.
— The next Next iteration — French Nouvelle — kicks off this weekend and tickets have been released, which run from $165-225 each. Check out a preview video below.
— The restaurant coming to the former Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue, St. Jane Chicago Hotel, continues to build a strong team. After announcing ex-GreenRiver chef Aaron Lirette last month, reps now reveal that ex-Sixteen pastry chef Evan Sheridan has also joined.
— And finally, Bill Kim’s new book “Korean BBQ” will go on sale on April 17. Kim will also host a release party that evening at BellyQ, where $50 tickets buy a signed copy, food from six guest chef-manned grill stations, create-your-own highballs, and more.