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  • Post #61 - January 31st, 2018, 12:37 am
    Post #61 - January 31st, 2018, 12:37 am Post #61 - January 31st, 2018, 12:37 am
    The original Yak-Zies on Diversey closes (again)....

    https://www.facebook.com/YakZiesOriginal/posts/1604469842993750
  • Post #62 - January 31st, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Post #62 - January 31st, 2018, 8:37 pm Post #62 - January 31st, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Three recent closings in Highland Park:
    *Merlo's, the Italian place in the Ravinia district on Roger Williams shut down unexpectedly. It had its detractors, but in my opinion stayed in its lane with traditional Italian and some exceptional dishes like the brussel sprout appetizer and Nonna's pot roast. Solid place for dinner with kids or other couples or even quick take out. We will definitely miss it.
    *Green Panda, Chinese on the corner of Old Elm and Second is shuttered. It was the same inconsistent Chinese you get at most Highland Park spots. Sometimes it was pretty good, other times not so much.
    *Tomo Sushi, Japanese at the corner of Green Bay and Central in the doomed spot that was at one point a Quizno's, some membership-type eatery, and a Thomas the Tank Engine store, is a casualty of the glut of sushi in Highland Park, leaving us with only six other sushi restaurants by my count.
  • Post #63 - February 1st, 2018, 8:22 am
    Post #63 - February 1st, 2018, 8:22 am Post #63 - February 1st, 2018, 8:22 am
    “Urban Vegan” signs up in the window at the old Mixteco location. The Urban Vegan website says “Good new!!! New location coming soon :) We are moving just step right at the corner of Montrose and Ashland”
  • Post #64 - February 1st, 2018, 3:52 pm
    Post #64 - February 1st, 2018, 3:52 pm Post #64 - February 1st, 2018, 3:52 pm
    Mother Cluckers kitchen in Palatine is set to open this coming Monday. I stopped in today thinking it was open. I met the owner, super cool guy. The place is done very nicely inside.
  • Post #65 - February 1st, 2018, 10:02 pm
    Post #65 - February 1st, 2018, 10:02 pm Post #65 - February 1st, 2018, 10:02 pm
    RobK wrote:The original Yak-Zies on Diversey closes (again)....

    https://www.facebook.com/YakZiesOriginal/posts/1604469842993750


    Sigh... I spent a lot of time there in my early 20's. The wings, the pizza, the booze back before more than 2 drinks meant a hangover the next day
  • Post #66 - February 3rd, 2018, 1:20 pm
    Post #66 - February 3rd, 2018, 1:20 pm Post #66 - February 3rd, 2018, 1:20 pm
    AlexG wrote:Recent closing in Highland Park:
    *Green Panda, Chinese on the corner of Old Elm and Second is shuttered. It was the same inconsistent Chinese you get at most Highland Park spots. Sometimes it was pretty good, other times not so much.
    I went there once, had the Kung Pao Chicken. The chicken had the most horrible texture - it was kind of crunchy in a bad way.

    It's a nice visible location albeit cursed. Who's gonna be next?!
  • Post #67 - February 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm
    Post #67 - February 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm Post #67 - February 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm
    Who's gonna be next?!


    Phoenicia.
  • Post #68 - February 3rd, 2018, 8:21 pm
    Post #68 - February 3rd, 2018, 8:21 pm Post #68 - February 3rd, 2018, 8:21 pm
    Lenny007 wrote:Phoenicia.

    Are they moving there from their location on 1st?
  • Post #69 - February 3rd, 2018, 8:43 pm
    Post #69 - February 3rd, 2018, 8:43 pm Post #69 - February 3rd, 2018, 8:43 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Lenny007 wrote:Phoenicia.

    Are they moving there from their location on 1st?

    Nope. Still there.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #70 - February 4th, 2018, 5:15 pm
    Post #70 - February 4th, 2018, 5:15 pm Post #70 - February 4th, 2018, 5:15 pm
    Lenny007 wrote:
    Who's gonna be next?!


    Phoenicia.
    I wish a great beef joint was around here, but the locals wouldn't support it. Authentic BBQ? Probably not. They think real BBQ is all sauce with no smoke flavor in the meat.
  • Post #71 - February 5th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Post #71 - February 5th, 2018, 4:35 pm Post #71 - February 5th, 2018, 4:35 pm
    Won Kow, Chicago’s Oldest Chinatown Restaurant, Is Closed After 90 Years

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/2/5/1697 ... restaurant
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #72 - February 5th, 2018, 5:28 pm
    Post #72 - February 5th, 2018, 5:28 pm Post #72 - February 5th, 2018, 5:28 pm
    Ram4 wrote:
    Lenny007 wrote:
    Who's gonna be next?!


    Phoenicia.
    I wish a great beef joint was around here, but the locals wouldn't support it. Authentic BBQ? Probably not. They think real BBQ is all sauce with no smoke flavor in the meat.


    Locals don't care about any BBQ. And no one comes to Highland Park anymore. Cursed suburb.
  • Post #73 - February 5th, 2018, 7:26 pm
    Post #73 - February 5th, 2018, 7:26 pm Post #73 - February 5th, 2018, 7:26 pm
    Lenny007 wrote:
    Locals don't care about any BBQ. And no one comes to Highland Park anymore. Cursed suburb.


    I respectfully disagree:
    Bluegrass
    Norton's
    La Casa De Isaac & Moishe
    Cafe Central
    Mizrahi Grill
    Players Grill
    Ruby of Siam
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #74 - February 6th, 2018, 10:25 am
    Post #74 - February 6th, 2018, 10:25 am Post #74 - February 6th, 2018, 10:25 am
    Mr. B's BBQ is (temporarily?) closed. There's a sign that says "Closed" on the door and Yelp says it's "Mr. B's BBQ is temporarily closed. Scheduled to reopen on December 30, 2018." It was in the old Smokin' Woody's spot. Walking past there, it seems like it has been closed for a little while.

    4160 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • Post #75 - February 6th, 2018, 10:36 am
    Post #75 - February 6th, 2018, 10:36 am Post #75 - February 6th, 2018, 10:36 am
    jacketpotato wrote:Mr. B's BBQ is (temporarily?) closed. ... and Yelp says it's "Mr. B's BBQ is temporarily closed. Scheduled to reopen on December 30, 2018."

    I had to Google this "temporary" 12 month closure.

    Based on their Facebook page, it appears they have become a catering-only operation (statement below). Although one post somewhat alluded to a food truck.
    Screenshot_20180206-093209.png
  • Post #76 - February 6th, 2018, 8:08 pm
    Post #76 - February 6th, 2018, 8:08 pm Post #76 - February 6th, 2018, 8:08 pm
    It would be nice if LTH management team would start a regular thread called "Restaurants for sale"

    For example, almost "new" Asian Cajun Too in Evanston is for sale (asking $115K).
    Tony's Subs by gas station on Waukegan in Deerfield is for sale too. Did you know?
  • Post #77 - February 6th, 2018, 11:56 pm
    Post #77 - February 6th, 2018, 11:56 pm Post #77 - February 6th, 2018, 11:56 pm
    Lenny007 wrote:It would be nice if LTH management team would start a regular thread called "Restaurants for sale"

    For example, almost "new" Asian Cajun Too in Evanston is for sale (asking $115K).
    Tony's Subs by gas station on Waukegan in Deerfield is for sale too. Did you know?

    The Professional Forum is probably the place where you could start such a thread.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #78 - February 7th, 2018, 5:00 pm
    Post #78 - February 7th, 2018, 5:00 pm Post #78 - February 7th, 2018, 5:00 pm
    I think I had missed Andorka's in Pilsen has closed - they made it about three years:

    https://www.facebook.com/andorkaschicago/

    Availability and freshness of given cooked proteins (goat, etc.) were an issue in my experience but at its best they had some very nice flavors going.
  • Post #79 - February 8th, 2018, 12:17 pm
    Post #79 - February 8th, 2018, 12:17 pm Post #79 - February 8th, 2018, 12:17 pm
    Sugo Italian Street Food in downtown Skokie is opened for business since last week in the former Kabul House location.

    Sugo Italian Street Food
    4949 Oakton St,
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (847) 983-0046
    https://www.eatatsugo.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/eatatsugo/p ... e_internal
    Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sugo-italian-s ... =date_desc
  • Post #80 - February 8th, 2018, 2:18 pm
    Post #80 - February 8th, 2018, 2:18 pm Post #80 - February 8th, 2018, 2:18 pm
    Two closings in my neighborhood:

    1) Tandoori House at 401 E Euclid, Mount Prospect, which I first reported on in October 2016 has shuttered. That seems to be something of a death spot, especially with all the fast casual ringing Randhurst Village, but I could use a nearby Indian joint. They weren't the fastest service or the most varied menu, but they were decent. That same spot has hosted New Sunrise, Emma's, and Mount Prospect Pancake House since I've been around here.

    2) Long-time fixture Photo's, at Kensington and Wolf, has closed its Mount Prospect doors, although the Palatine location is still open. I hadn't eaten there in years, since their prices -- even with the special of the day, or with coupons -- were very high, and the food was never anything special. If Salerno's were smart, they'd relocate to Photo's space, which is at least twice as big.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #81 - February 9th, 2018, 8:07 am
    Post #81 - February 9th, 2018, 8:07 am Post #81 - February 9th, 2018, 8:07 am
    As per Eater the Aloha Poke location at 163 W. North Ave. has opened.
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #82 - February 9th, 2018, 2:04 pm
    Post #82 - February 9th, 2018, 2:04 pm Post #82 - February 9th, 2018, 2:04 pm
    Noticed a PDQ chicken restaurant is opening up in Schaumburg, website shows another location already open in Wheaton. Seems to be a Chick Fil A type operation.
    https://www.eatpdq.com

    -
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #83 - February 11th, 2018, 1:32 pm
    Post #83 - February 11th, 2018, 1:32 pm Post #83 - February 11th, 2018, 1:32 pm
    Marcello's at 645 W North Ave will be closing their doors after service next Sunday (2/18/18) according to the staff.
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #84 - February 12th, 2018, 3:47 am
    Post #84 - February 12th, 2018, 3:47 am Post #84 - February 12th, 2018, 3:47 am
    Drover wrote:A window sign in the storefront vacated by Patino's Grill says "Coming Soon: Tomatillo Taco-ville."

    2943 W. Irving Park Rd
    773-654-1350

    Now open.
  • Post #85 - February 12th, 2018, 4:20 am
    Post #85 - February 12th, 2018, 4:20 am Post #85 - February 12th, 2018, 4:20 am
    Thirteen Pins on Irving Park just west of the expressway has a handwritten sign in the window stating "Close [sic] for Vacation" -- presumably at Club Fed after the owner was recently busted for possession of half a pound of meth.

    Other possible interpretations of "Close for Vacation" are "we have been serving alcohol without a liquor license for three years and hosting live bands without a PPA and the authorities finally got around to enforcing a cease-and-desist order" and "our landlord has moved to evict us."

    I sincerely hope they are closed permanently, and good riddance to that neighborhood nuisance if they are.
  • Post #86 - February 12th, 2018, 2:03 pm
    Post #86 - February 12th, 2018, 2:03 pm Post #86 - February 12th, 2018, 2:03 pm
    According to their Facebook page, a second location of Viaggio (1330 W. Madison) is coming to Highland Park's Ravinia District in the spot where Merlo's was. No word on when they will open.
  • Post #87 - February 12th, 2018, 3:47 pm
    Post #87 - February 12th, 2018, 3:47 pm Post #87 - February 12th, 2018, 3:47 pm
    Wicker Park’s Trenchermen Space Will Get a Casual New Restaurant. The former owner of shuttered riverside spot Bridge House Tavern will open Angry Pig Tavern soon

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/2/12/170 ... ouse-owner
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #88 - February 12th, 2018, 10:27 pm
    Post #88 - February 12th, 2018, 10:27 pm Post #88 - February 12th, 2018, 10:27 pm
    Bonchon Korean fried chicken on Milwaukee in Glenview has a sign "Soft Opening This Week 5:00-10:00pm"
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #89 - February 14th, 2018, 10:19 am
    Post #89 - February 14th, 2018, 10:19 am Post #89 - February 14th, 2018, 10:19 am
    I can confirm that the Bonchon in Glenview is open (albeit a soft opening per their signage). The restaurant seemed to be fully operational around 6:15pm Tuesday night. Every table was taken and service was helpful and attentive. Only hiccup for us was we mistakenly got a wrong dish that they allowed us to keep after realizing their mistake.

    Wings were great - we had a combo of the spicy and the soy garlic, as well as bulgogi, bibimbap and some korean tacos. Everything else was solid and will definitely return, but will probably go more wing-heavy with future orders. Glad it's so close by (for me) and won't have to schlep to Chinatown to enjoy the wings.
  • Post #90 - February 14th, 2018, 11:01 am
    Post #90 - February 14th, 2018, 11:01 am Post #90 - February 14th, 2018, 11:01 am
    JoelF wrote:Two closings in my neighborhood:

    1) Tandoori House at 401 E Euclid, Mount Prospect, which I first reported on in October 2016 has shuttered. That seems to be something of a death spot, especially with all the fast casual ringing Randhurst Village, but I could use a nearby Indian joint. They weren't the fastest service or the most varied menu, but they were decent. That same spot has hosted New Sunrise, Emma's, and Mount Prospect Pancake House since I've been around here.

    2) Long-time fixture Photo's, at Kensington and Wolf, has closed its Mount Prospect doors, although the Palatine location is still open. I hadn't eaten there in years, since their prices -- even with the special of the day, or with coupons -- were very high, and the food was never anything special. If Salerno's were smart, they'd relocate to Photo's space, which is at least twice as big.


    I drove past the former Tandoori House on Monday night- it appears to be becoming a Mexican restaurant- sign was up and lights were on, but I'm not sure if they were open for business yet.

    That Photo's always had terrible service. When we lived in Prospect Heights, I think we gave them two chances and they screwed up our orders both times with no apology. I hope Salerno's does move in there.

    Speaking of Salerno's, I heard they got new owners relatively recently (in the last couple years)...can anyone confirm if they're at least as good as they were before?

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