• Shannon Bennett has sold a majority stake in his restaurant group for $15 million.

• With Chin Chin’s overhaul done, owner Chris Lucas is hunting for somewhere to put a new Italian diner.

• And Lucas isn’t finished there: Kong is coming to Fitzroy.

• One of Carlton North's unluckiest venues gets a new lease on life with South Yarra’s Italian favourite Thirty Eight Chairs moving in.

• Nearby, in Faraday Lane, if you smell something musty but kind of delicious it’s Carlton’s own laneway cheese festival, which kicks off this weekend.

• Beloved North Melbourne cafe, Auction Rooms, has been sold to St. ALi.

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• Meanwhile, the food trucks have descended on Collins Street, with Mr Burger, Greek Street Food and Smokin' Barry's rolling into the Paris End this weekend.

• Anthony Bourdain launches his second cookbook and a vendetta against truffles (and all who eat them).