— The Chicago location of kitschy all-day spot Hash Hash House A Go Go appears to be shuttered. Its Facebook page is now listed as “permanently closed,” the location has been removed from its website, a Yelper also notes its shuttered for good, and its phone line is continuously unavailable to take calls during business hours, although management has not responded to inquiries. The California-bred modern diner with cocktails was open for more than six years at 1212 N. State Parkway in the Gold Coast.
— After closing voluntarily following the shooting of one of its bouncers in late August, longtime Noble Square nightclub Evil Olive is now closed by the city. City inspectors branded its building at 1551 W. Division Street with an “off limits — do not enter” sticker “due to dangerous electrical, structural and egress issues” and closed it on Friday, Block Club reports. It had been back open for less than a week.
— The owners of popular River North Chinese noodle-and-dumpling restaurant Imperial Lamian will open a suburban restaurant. Phat Phat, a more casual two-floor Chinese spot, is slated to open next spring at 17 S. Roselle in Schaumburg, the Daily Herald reports.
— Crain’s takes a deep dive into Billy Dec’s new Nashville-based life and the status of Rockit Ranch Productions, reporting how the nightlife impresario is now focusing on expanding his Asian restaurant brand Sunda to more new markets among other business ventures and news. Another news item: Dec, who parted ways with ex-partner Brad Young and Rockit Bar and Grill, brought back another former partner in Arturo Gomez to run longtime nightclub The Underground, which he’s planning to close for six months for renovations again late this year. Both Sunda and Underground now have major local competition with the brand new TAO Chicago.
— Expect many short-term pop-ups to crop up in vacant storefronts around the city after Chicago aldermen passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “pop-up licenses” ordinance late last week, the Sun-Times reported. The pop-ups are intended to help restaurant and retail owners test ideas in underserved retail estate during stints that could be as short as five days.
— And finally, the production company behind “F*** Your Hair: The Latin-Owned Brewery that Dumped Trump” — the documentary about 5 Rabbit Cerveceria’s drama with the Donald in 2015 — raised more than $10,000 via Kickstarter and started post-production and coloring. The goal is to release screeners by late October, according to filmmaker Jason Polevoi.