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  • Post #571 - November 9th, 2018, 5:45 pm
    Post #571 - November 9th, 2018, 5:45 pm Post #571 - November 9th, 2018, 5:45 pm
    nr706 wrote: Soft opening today.

    Why does a Binny's need a soft opening? It's a liquor store.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #572 - November 9th, 2018, 7:05 pm
    Post #572 - November 9th, 2018, 7:05 pm Post #572 - November 9th, 2018, 7:05 pm
    bweiny wrote:The most non-ideological reason it is crap to give Binny's a break is the rate of excise taxes on packaged beer and liquor in Evanston is already at least 16.5%.

    Not true. Evanston's excise tax on alcoholic beverages is 6 percent (ref). The total tax added to your purchases in Evanston is 16 percent, but the other 10 percent consists of sales tax that you'll pay anywhere in Cook County, with minor variations (≤1%) from one municipality to another. Chicago also has an excise tax on booze, but Skokie and Wilmette do not.

    Pie Lady wrote:They closed Whole Foods? :shock:

    Not sure whether this was intended as humor, but yes, a few years ago. Of course, the other two Whole Foods in Evanston - one of which is just a few blocks north of the one they closed - remain open.
  • Post #573 - November 11th, 2018, 2:33 pm
    Post #573 - November 11th, 2018, 2:33 pm Post #573 - November 11th, 2018, 2:33 pm
    nr706 wrote:
    mamagotcha wrote:There’s a new Binny’s coming to the old Whole Foods site at 1111 Chicago in Evanston!

    Soft opening today. Large, well-stocked, although not as large as the South Loop store. Excellent prices on many things, although I don't expect that to last once they become established. I passed on a few of the $5,000 bottles in the rare and collectible section.

    There's a coupon in their flyer (available in the store) for 15 percent off all the booze, yesterday and today only.
  • Post #574 - November 11th, 2018, 2:54 pm
    Post #574 - November 11th, 2018, 2:54 pm Post #574 - November 11th, 2018, 2:54 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:There's a coupon in their flyer (available in the store) for 15 percent off all the booze, yesterday and today only.

    Also an online coupon for $2 off build-your-own beer six pack, taking the price to $7.99
  • Post #575 - November 12th, 2018, 12:53 pm
    Post #575 - November 12th, 2018, 12:53 pm Post #575 - November 12th, 2018, 12:53 pm
    I may have missed another mention since the name of the place (1415 or One Four One Five) is not the most searchable, but this Chinese spot I really admired on Fullerton looks to have shuttered as reported on Yelp and in a personal walk-by of the address; lease sign is up.
  • Post #576 - November 12th, 2018, 1:02 pm
    Post #576 - November 12th, 2018, 1:02 pm Post #576 - November 12th, 2018, 1:02 pm
    Eater is reporting that Beef and Brandy on State is closing after 51 years. I never actually went in, but walked past a million times.
    Last edited by chicagojim on November 12th, 2018, 4:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #577 - November 12th, 2018, 2:37 pm
    Post #577 - November 12th, 2018, 2:37 pm Post #577 - November 12th, 2018, 2:37 pm
    chicagojim wrote:Eater is reporting that Beef and Bourbon on State is closing after 51 years. I never actually went in, but walked past a million times.

    So, you're the reason! :P (just kidding, of course)

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #578 - November 12th, 2018, 4:27 pm
    Post #578 - November 12th, 2018, 4:27 pm Post #578 - November 12th, 2018, 4:27 pm
    I think that I'm only one of many people who just took a glance and walked on by.
  • Post #579 - November 12th, 2018, 6:13 pm
    Post #579 - November 12th, 2018, 6:13 pm Post #579 - November 12th, 2018, 6:13 pm
    Santander wrote:I may have missed another mention since the name of the place (1415 or One Four One Five) is not the most searchable, but this Chinese spot I really admired on Fullerton looks to have shuttered as reported on Yelp and in a personal walk-by of the address; lease sign is up.


    Well thanks for saving me the trip; I was thinking of trying it tonight.
  • Post #580 - November 12th, 2018, 7:24 pm
    Post #580 - November 12th, 2018, 7:24 pm Post #580 - November 12th, 2018, 7:24 pm
    Octarine wrote:Well thanks for saving me the trip; I was thinking of trying it tonight.
    I had one lunch at 1415 Fullerton Szechuan about a year ago. I left annoyed, unsatisfied and would have been happier with a fish sandwich from McD's.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #581 - November 12th, 2018, 7:25 pm
    Post #581 - November 12th, 2018, 7:25 pm Post #581 - November 12th, 2018, 7:25 pm
    chicagojim wrote:I think that I'm only one of many people who just took a glance and walked on by.

    Well, 51 years . . . someone must have stopped in. :lol:

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #582 - November 13th, 2018, 6:07 am
    Post #582 - November 13th, 2018, 6:07 am Post #582 - November 13th, 2018, 6:07 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    chicagojim wrote:I think that I'm only one of many people who just took a glance and walked on by.

    Well, 51 years . . . someone must have stopped in. :lol:


    We did. It was reliable, friendly, and a decent example of the all-purpose, family-restaurant coffee-shop type. In fact, one of the few remaining examples of its type in the Loop, which made it increasingly special.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #583 - November 13th, 2018, 11:59 am
    Post #583 - November 13th, 2018, 11:59 am Post #583 - November 13th, 2018, 11:59 am
    BBQ Supply Co. closing original Rogers Park location (Tribune)
  • Post #584 - November 13th, 2018, 3:48 pm
    Post #584 - November 13th, 2018, 3:48 pm Post #584 - November 13th, 2018, 3:48 pm
    Braciole Station is closed per Google. I walked past there yesterday and there was a big Restaurant for Sale sign in the window.

    2205 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • Post #585 - November 13th, 2018, 5:24 pm
    Post #585 - November 13th, 2018, 5:24 pm Post #585 - November 13th, 2018, 5:24 pm
    Braciole Station was closed in September with several closed signs. Google reported it closed while Yelp had it closed until September 30, so I did not report it as closed. In October there was a small for sale sign in the window while the previous closed signs were gone. Recently there has been a big for sale sign from a well-known restaurant broker. Hours had been erratic relative to posted hours leaving me uncertain that it was really closed even though it was not open every time I passed by when it should have been open. Web site is still up as of this evening.
  • Post #586 - November 17th, 2018, 3:37 pm
    Post #586 - November 17th, 2018, 3:37 pm Post #586 - November 17th, 2018, 3:37 pm
    Schmeisser's is gone! I'm in tears.

    Sign on the door:
    Thanks for 67 years of business. We are sorry to say we have closed our doors for good.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    Read "Cooking for One" at Literary Orphans via my author page.

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  • Post #587 - November 17th, 2018, 3:41 pm
    Post #587 - November 17th, 2018, 3:41 pm Post #587 - November 17th, 2018, 3:41 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:Schmeisser's is gone! I'm in tears.

    Sign on the door:
    Thanks for 67 years of business. We are sorry to say we have closed our doors for good.

    Yes. Reported here a few weeks ago. :(

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #588 - November 19th, 2018, 10:18 am
    Post #588 - November 19th, 2018, 10:18 am Post #588 - November 19th, 2018, 10:18 am
    Howard Quintero (4114 N Kedzie Ave) is closing :cry:
    From their FB page:
    To Our Dear Supporters,

    We will serve our last meal on November 25, 2018. We are so grateful to our friends, neighbors, and guests who have made the experience of running this restaurant unforgettable. We enjoy serving you, your family, and friends.

    To everyone who has become part of the HQ family, we could not have done what we did for so long without you - THANK YOU.

    ***Please note that the Thanksgiving Catering Orders will not be affected. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us at (773) 654-1629 or send us a message on Facebook.

    Gratefully Yours,
    Eduardo Quintero
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    Read "Cooking for One" at Literary Orphans via my author page.

    Late-Nite Eats Database
  • Post #589 - November 19th, 2018, 12:10 pm
    Post #589 - November 19th, 2018, 12:10 pm Post #589 - November 19th, 2018, 12:10 pm
    From the Boston Fish Market Facebook page.

    Surprise!!!

    Thank you all for your patience and the support this year. It’s finally time to say Boston Fish Market Wheeling is OPEN

    847-243-3700
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #590 - November 19th, 2018, 12:36 pm
    Post #590 - November 19th, 2018, 12:36 pm Post #590 - November 19th, 2018, 12:36 pm
    This just breaks my heart, sorry to report El Maya, 1522 W. Montrose, is closed per Yelp and sign in the window stating “Closed -restaurant for lease.” Boy, that plus Howard Quintero, it’s a sad day around these parts.
  • Post #591 - November 19th, 2018, 2:54 pm
    Post #591 - November 19th, 2018, 2:54 pm Post #591 - November 19th, 2018, 2:54 pm
    G Wiv wrote:From the Boston Fish Market Facebook page.

    Surprise!!!

    Thank you all for your patience and the support this year. It’s finally time to say Boston Fish Market Wheeling is OPEN

    847-243-3700

    Guessing Bob Chinn's has finally given up on their obstruction campaign. :x

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #592 - November 19th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Post #592 - November 19th, 2018, 4:35 pm Post #592 - November 19th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    G Wiv wrote:Thank you all for your patience and the support this year. It’s finally time to say Boston Fish Market Wheeling is OPEN

    Guessing Bob Chinn's has finally given up on their obstruction campaign. :x

    =R=

    With the volume Chinn's does (#30 top grosser in the country, most of the ones above it are chains and with much higher per-person checks), I can't imagine that BFM will make much difference to them.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #593 - November 19th, 2018, 5:22 pm
    Post #593 - November 19th, 2018, 5:22 pm Post #593 - November 19th, 2018, 5:22 pm
    Chinn's in number 17 on the list by meals served, averaging about 1300 covers a day from 736 seats. That's about 1.7 covers per day per seat. Gibson's downtown does over 3 covers per seat, so Chinn's could use more business.
    Last edited by scottsol on November 19th, 2018, 5:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #594 - November 19th, 2018, 5:36 pm
    Post #594 - November 19th, 2018, 5:36 pm Post #594 - November 19th, 2018, 5:36 pm
    JoelF wrote:I can't imagine that BFM will make much difference to them.


    Boston Fish Market does a pretty impressive job with its very limited space. Remains to be seen what it can do with a more traditional restaurant format with much more capacity.
  • Post #595 - November 19th, 2018, 5:48 pm
    Post #595 - November 19th, 2018, 5:48 pm Post #595 - November 19th, 2018, 5:48 pm
    It was my understanding, and I will try to cite some bona fide documentation, that Chinn's has/had been very aggressive in their efforts to disrupt Boston Fish's efforts to open.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #596 - November 19th, 2018, 8:18 pm
    Post #596 - November 19th, 2018, 8:18 pm Post #596 - November 19th, 2018, 8:18 pm
    bummer: blommer's chocolate, perfuming the west loop since 1939, announced they've finalized a sale to a japanese company. the blommer family can retire in luxury after this sale, i hope the longtime employees get to keep their jobs. i never trust what the buyer says: we'll see if they keep operations running with the same team...what a shame.
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/11/19 ... 0-million/
  • Post #597 - November 19th, 2018, 9:39 pm
    Post #597 - November 19th, 2018, 9:39 pm Post #597 - November 19th, 2018, 9:39 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:Howard Quintero (4114 N Kedzie Ave) is closing :cry:
    From their FB page:
    To Our Dear Supporters,

    We will serve our last meal on November 25, 2018. We are so grateful to our friends, neighbors, and guests who have made the experience of running this restaurant unforgettable. We enjoy serving you, your family, and friends.

    To everyone who has become part of the HQ family, we could not have done what we did for so long without you - THANK YOU.

    ***Please note that the Thanksgiving Catering Orders will not be affected. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us at (773) 654-1629 or send us a message on Facebook.

    Gratefully Yours,
    Eduardo Quintero

    That's three up-market restaurants Irving Park has lost in just a couple years (Bread & Wine and Al Dente). It seemed to me like some restaurateurs were trying to make Irving Park "happen" a little ahead of schedule. Or maybe it was the next best place where they could afford the rent.
  • Post #598 - November 20th, 2018, 12:00 am
    Post #598 - November 20th, 2018, 12:00 am Post #598 - November 20th, 2018, 12:00 am
    Drover wrote:A new Mexican restaurant, Salsa Borracha, is having its grand opening tomorrow (August 25th) in the old Mambo Club spot on Milwaukee in the Kilbourn Park area.

    Salsa Borracha
    3336 N. Milwaukee Ave
    (773) 685-0112
    http://www.salsaborrachagrill.com/


    Drover wrote:Looks like the end of the line for Tixteco Grill on Milwaukee and Keystone in the lower corner of Irving Park. A sign in the window reads "Closed For Remodeling; Coming on [sic] Mid-April Los Jalapeños"

    Salsa Borracha is now papered over and their web site is blank. Meanwhile Los Jalapeños, which was is right across the street from the former aforementioned Salsa Borracha nee Mambo Club, has already come and gone and a new joint called La Huarachita has opened up in its place.

    La Huarachita
    3334 N. Milwaukee Ave (@ Keystone)
    (773) 647-1983
  • Post #599 - November 20th, 2018, 1:38 pm
    Post #599 - November 20th, 2018, 1:38 pm Post #599 - November 20th, 2018, 1:38 pm
    Pasta Passion is open in Lincoln Square. Went there last weekend for a bite. Good pasta dishes (surprise!) in a slightly antiseptic space. It's a BYOB. I think it's in the old Costello's space near Lincoln Square.

    Pasta Passion
    4647 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, Il 60625
    (773) 681-0771
    https://www.pastapassionrestaurant.com
  • Post #600 - November 21st, 2018, 9:58 am
    Post #600 - November 21st, 2018, 9:58 am Post #600 - November 21st, 2018, 9:58 am
    Pie Lady wrote:Howard Quintero (4114 N Kedzie Ave) is closing :cry:
    From their FB page:
    To Our Dear Supporters,

    We will serve our last meal on November 25, 2018. We are so grateful to our friends, neighbors, and guests who have made the experience of running this restaurant unforgettable. We enjoy serving you, your family, and friends.

    To everyone who has become part of the HQ family, we could not have done what we did for so long without you - THANK YOU.

    ***Please note that the Thanksgiving Catering Orders will not be affected. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us at (773) 654-1629 or send us a message on Facebook.

    Gratefully Yours,
    Eduardo Quintero


    That sucks. I live a few blocks away and ate there a few times. It was very good. But, so tucked away on a nothing part of the block, you wouldn't even know it was a restaurant unless you walked in the door. Looked more like a bar from the outside.


    Not happy to hear about all the good restaurants leaving the neighborhood, but we still have some new places making noise like Hearth and Crust.

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