— Expect a bevy of Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality’s “greatest hits” at the new food hall coming to 900 North Michigan Shops. Hiring ads reveal that nugget as well as its name — Aster Place, which is also listed on its liquor license application — and that it’ll “offer 16 plus food and beverage outlets in one place.” Sodikoff hasn’t responded to inquiries for more information, so stay tuned for more details around its scheduled fall opening.
— Lincoln Square all-day bakery and cafe favorite Baker Miller moves its flagship to a new location at 4655 N. Lincoln Avenue tomorrow, ownership announced on social media. Dave and Megan Miller are leaving their original spot at 4610 N. Western Avenue because of a landlord dispute, the Tribune reported last month.
— Check out a teaser video for the forthcoming TAO Chicago below. Management, who posted it on Facebook, included construction shots and more for the Asian-themed clubstaurant giant. It’s slated to open in the former Castle space in River North next month.
— Look out for a new fast-casual Mexican chain soon from two former Naf Naf Grill executives. David Sloan and Franklin Weiner formed a new company named Venture Kitchen in order to build fast-casual restaurant chains, Crain’s reports, among them a Mexican street food brand named Invicto that’s coming to Naperville soon followed by Vernon Hills and the Loop next year. They’re also planning to expand Blackwood BBQ to at least two more locations next year.
— And finally, a new initiative partners with top Chicago chefs to help raise money and awareness for group homes and workshops in Illinois to help people with developmental disabilities. The chefs create dishes inspired by them and place them on their menus for a month. Named Doors Open Dishes, it kicks off in September with Christian Ragano of Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association. Click here for more information.