Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., is closing out the year with two special pairing dinners. A six-course Truffle and Italian Wine Dinner will feature smoked sturgeon, duck and truffle-salted Wisconsin beef ribeye, 6 pm on Nov. 9 ($95). A six-course Holiday Game Dinner will feature assorted game charcuterie, venison, squab and bison short ribs, 6 pm on Dec. 7 ($65). Reservations are available at 608-255-6075.
Taco Bros., 604 University Ave. A remodel and updated So-Cal-influenced menu at the former Taco Shop, slated to open Nov. 10.
Veranda Restaurant & Wine Bar, 2784 S. Fish Hatchery Rd., Fitchburg. The end of a 30-year stint in the restaurant business for the Schiavo family, at Veranda, Cafe Continental and Antonio's Restaurant.
Melly Mell's, 313 W. Beltline Hwy. Melly Mell's has closed for dine-in as well as carryout; catering is still available (608-213-3020).
Papa Bear's BBQ, 4527 Cottage Grove Rd., as of Nov. 8.