A Portage Park restaurant employee dies after fatal stabbing
A man has died after a co-worker allegedly repeatedly stabbed him with a knife around 6:50 p.m. on Sunday inside Portage Park restaurant and bar Foundation Tavern & Grille, a family-run spot with live music operating under different names since 1984, according to CBS 2. Witnesses told police they heard screaming from the kitchen at 5007 W. Irving Park Road and then one Foundation employee, 37, stabbed another, 35. Paramedics took the man to a hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead. A suspect is in custody.
Bottomless soup fundraiser unites experts and amateurs tonight in Bridgeport
More than 30 Chicago chefs, cooks, and soup enthusiasts will gather this afternoon for Souper Bowl 3, a $15 bottomless soup fest and charity fundraising event. Won Kim, organizer and chef of Bridgeport’s Polish-Korean restaurant Kimski, enlisted local talent including Kevin Hickey (Duck Inn), Brian Fisher (Entente), and Margaret Pak (Thattu) along with home cooks (including Eater Chicago’s Ashok Selvam), who will serve their steaming bowls from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Street. All proceeds will go to Misericordia, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Public Media Institute (which calls the Sphere home). Another event with pedigreed chefs, including Dana Cree (Pretty Cool Ice Cream), is scheduled for next year.
Checkers, half of Noble Square’s unlikely fast-food duo, to finally open soon
The long-awaited location of fast food chain Checkers along Ashland, Milwaukee, and Division’s bustling intersection in Noble Square finally has an opening date. The burger chain is slated to debut just after Christmas on December 27, according to a representative. The 1555 W. Division Street restaurant is right beside a recently-opened Popeyes that’s operated by the same franchisee, Aby Mohamed. A rep said “finishing touches” led to the five-month delay. The opening is significant for Checkers as the new restaurant will be the closest to downtown Chicago of the chain’s 26 local locations, and is part of a larger plan to open 100 new spots in the Chicago area in the coming years.
Chicago-area Ikea stores to host annual Julbord holiday buffet
And finally, Swedish retail giant Ikea brings back its annual Julbord smorgasbord to area stores in suburban Chicago this Friday and Saturday. The all-you-can-eat buffet stars seasonal Scandinavian dishes such as Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, Christmas ham, saffron buns, and more. Tickets are available for $16.99 for adults and $4.99 for children ages 12 and under, and discounts are on offer for Ikea Family members. Seatings vary by location, and details are available on the Bolingbrook and Schaumburg store pages.