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Restaurant News: Edzo's Lincoln Park Closes, Tock Ticketing Goes National

By Lisa White in Food on Dec 2, 2014 10:20PM

(Edzo's Lincoln Park/Photo: Edzo's Facebook)

-While most people were enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday weekend, some sad news for burger fans in Chicago came to light. Edzo's announced on their Facebook page Saturday that their Lincoln Park location would permanently shutter as of Nov. 30. It was nice to have a location closer than Evanston to grab the delicious burgers, fries and shakes at Edzo's (especially given their particular hours at the original store), but the Lincoln Park shop was tucked away in an odd little stretch on Lincoln, not close to most public transit. Here's hoping we end up seeing another location within city limits soon; for now we'll head north to Evanston to get our fix. [Facebook]

-The ticketing system that Next has used since its opening and is successfully utilized at Alinea as well is now a full-fledged business. Nick Kokonas and chef Grant Achatz have created the company Tock to take their ticketing platform national. They've got a bevy of brand name investors backing them, including chef Thomas Keller, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and the Melman family of the Lettuce Entertain You empire, among others. The Tribune sat down to discuss the details and take a deeper look at the new company. [Tribune]

-We were sad to see the city crack down on one particular supper club recently, which resulted in the loss of the excellent Relish Underground dinners. We weren't the only folks grieving, as Michael Gebert sat down with Julia Pham to discuss the whole unfortunate situation. The interview isn't all gloom and doom though, as Pham takes Gebert to lunch at one of her favorite spots on Argyle Street, discusses her future cooking endeavors and gets to the bottom of who she thinks the culprit was that led to the demise of Relish. Let's just say one bad apple spoiled the whole bunch. It's a lovely conversation and a reminder we need to head north to Argyle Street for some hearty soup soon. [Reader]

-Three local Chicago favorite spots recently announced plans to expand to new locations. First up, the excellent Strings Ramen are setting their sights on a Lincoln Park outpost after the success of their Chinatown location. We really enjoyed their ramen and look forward to seeing the new digs. Second, BIG & little's is heading to Wicker Park to open a location next summer. The location will be on Milwaukee near the Paulina intersection. It will be the third location of the popular eatery. And last but not least, Glazed and Infused are heading to the Loop to open their sixth location. The LaSalle location off Wacker is set to start serving up fried dough to the masses next spring. [Eater, Eater, Eater]

-Hot Doug's will always live on in our hearts, but if that simply won't do and you are left craving the taste of tubular foie gras, another local spot might have a solution for you. Chicago's Dog House has added a Hot Doug's duck foie gras tribute hot dog to their menu to pay respects to Doug Sohn and one of his more famous creations. Owner Aaron Wolfson made sure to get the stamp of approval from Doug himself before adding it to his menu. "For the most part, customers who have tasted his original version and mine have said they're identical," Wolfson told DNAinfo Chicago. Wolfson actually uses the same sausage purveyor that Hot Doug's did (Sohn gave Wolfson the contact info when Wolfson asked Sohn for advice on opening up his shop), so that might have something to do with it. Regardless, we'll have to stop in soon, try it out and bask in foie gras nostalgia. [DNAinfo Chicago]