— Sportsman’s Club will bring in some heavy hitters for its annual summer backyard barbecue series. Beginning May 27 with Spiaggia “Top Chef” Joe Flamm, the schedule also includes the one-night-only Chicago return of beloved Bom Bolla (which had been popping up in New Orleans after closing in Wicker Park in December 2015) on August 5, acclaimed New Orleans spot Bacchanal on June 24, and big-time local restaurants including Roister, Lena Brava, Fat Rice, Big Star, and many more every Sunday through September. The events cost $20 for a plate of food and beer; no reservations necessary.
— Fried chicken chain Popeye’s launches delivery today via UberEats in Chicago as well as Miami, NYC, Washington DC.
— Lady Gregory’s Old Town is changing its name, menu, and decor around a year after opening in order to transition from a traditional Irish pub into a “modern, contemporary” bar and eatery, a news release announces. Ownership has already changed the name to LG’s Bar and the menu now features international flavors in its bar food including Thai ribs, kalbi wings, and frito misto. There’s also a new brunch service that includes four Benedicts, a pancake flight, and a punchbowl cocktail made with orange sherbet, brandy, rum and Champagne. The design changes will happen “gradually” throughout the summer. The offshoot of the beloved Andersonville original — from the same owners who recently opened Mexican hotspot Octavio Cantina & Kitchen in Andersonville — opened the Old Town location at 1525 N. Wells Street in June 2017.
— Rooftop season continues to build momentum as Aire, the rooftop bar on the 24th floor of the Hyatt Centric hotel at 100 W. Monroe Street in the Loop, opens for the season today. And starting June 2 Kuma’s Corner will set up a grill every Saturday this summer from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. to serve a selection of four burgers for $10 each, a rep says.
— And finally, get those glasses ready as craft beer week — which is now the Illinois Craft Beer Week rather than the Chicago Craft Beer Week — begins on Friday and goes until May 25. Hundreds of events will happen over those seven days, beginning with the annual beer under glass on May 18, so check out the full schedule here.