A Wrigleyville Thai-style noodle pioneer is returning
As Wrigleyville continues to change, one longtime former favorite is coming back to the neighborhood and city itself. Penny’s Noodle Shop, the longtime North Side mini-chain that was a pioneer that introduced many Chicagoans to Thai-style noodle and rice dishes but closed its last city location in April, plans to reopen in the home of its former Wrigleyville location at 3400 N. Sheffield Avenue, according to a sign on the door that reads “come back soon!” and features the Penny’s logo. This location closed and became Paul’s Noodle Shop in 2014, before that shuttered in late May. The last Penny’s location in the city — at 950 W. Diversey Parkway — closed in April while suburban locations remained open. Management has not yet responded to a request for more information.
Portillo’s launches a clothing line
Hot dog superfans can now wear clothes by legendary Chicago-based chain Portillo’s. The local icon launched a clothing line that features an array of shirts, hoodies, hats and even slippers decked out with hot dogs, chocolate cake, and more designs. Check it out here.
One of Chicago’s hottest barbecue restaurants starts taking reservations
Flat & Point, the creative barbecue restaurant in Logan Square that’s a current member of the Eater Chicago Heatmap, now takes reservations. The restaurant, known for its upscale offerings such as wagyu brisket, was walk-in only when it opened in late March. Ownership also plans to open a 32-seat patio this Saturday, June 20.
Stan’s Donuts launches new cookie line today
And finally, ever-popular doughnut chain Stan’s Donuts & Coffee ventures into a new foray today — cookies. The chain launches five “core” flavors, including chocolate espresso and toffee pecan coconut, for $2.29 each or $19.99 for a dozen at all 12 local shops today. Management will also offer a complimentary cookies and milk “celebratory dunking party” on Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.