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  • Post #181 - May 12th, 2019, 9:09 am
    Post #181 - May 12th, 2019, 9:09 am Post #181 - May 12th, 2019, 9:09 am
    At the site of the recently demolished strip mall that once was home to Blue Nile and Barwaqo Kabob (6118 - 6130 N Ravenswood) a sign has gone up saying "Misericordia Bakery and Coffee Drive Through - Coming Soon". Seeing as how the site is currently a hole in the ground "soon" may be in geological terms.
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  • Post #182 - May 13th, 2019, 9:12 am
    Post #182 - May 13th, 2019, 9:12 am Post #182 - May 13th, 2019, 9:12 am
    Tuxpan Mexican Grill has opened in downtown Skokie in the former Sugo Italian Street Food and Kabul House locations. This looks to be there second location as Tuxpan Mexican Grill has a location on Milwaukee:

    5540 N Milwaukee Ave,
    Chicago, IL 60630
    http://www.tuxpanmexicangrill.net/

    and new location:

    4949 Oakton St
    Skokie, IL 60077
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/tuxpan-mexi ... 847/posts/
  • Post #183 - May 13th, 2019, 9:16 am
    Post #183 - May 13th, 2019, 9:16 am Post #183 - May 13th, 2019, 9:16 am
    polster wrote:Tuxpan Mexican Grill . . .
    and new location:

    4949 Oakton St
    Skokie, IL 60077

    A former Kabul House location.

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  • Post #184 - May 13th, 2019, 10:30 am
    Post #184 - May 13th, 2019, 10:30 am Post #184 - May 13th, 2019, 10:30 am
    2 Lanterns Cafe has opened next to Wholly Frijoles in the same strip mall in Lincolnwood. I believe there was a carry out american chinese food place there before.

    2 Lanterns Cafe
    3900 W Touhy Ave,
    Lincolnwood, IL 60712
  • Post #185 - May 13th, 2019, 2:00 pm
    Post #185 - May 13th, 2019, 2:00 pm Post #185 - May 13th, 2019, 2:00 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:A former Kabul House location.

    That's almost a whole food crawl
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  • Post #186 - May 13th, 2019, 5:31 pm
    Post #186 - May 13th, 2019, 5:31 pm Post #186 - May 13th, 2019, 5:31 pm
    Carlos Gaytan heading back to Chicago with two new restaurants

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
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  • Post #187 - May 14th, 2019, 9:54 pm
    Post #187 - May 14th, 2019, 9:54 pm Post #187 - May 14th, 2019, 9:54 pm
    Restaurant Sarajevo, a fairly old Bosnian restaurant in Lincoln Square, has closed per signs in windows and Open Table listing as permanently closed.

    Signs in windows for Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen coming soon. Subtitle is Spices of Mountain. Menu on web site is a work in progress.
    Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen
    2701 W. Lawrence Ave.
    Chicago 60625
    https://himalayansherpakitchenchicago.com/

    Edit to note that more of the web site than the menu is a work in progress. I seriously doubt that hours on any day will be 9 am to 5 pm or that a Tuesday happy hour will happen anytime soon.
  • Post #188 - May 15th, 2019, 3:27 pm
    Post #188 - May 15th, 2019, 3:27 pm Post #188 - May 15th, 2019, 3:27 pm
    tesori, previously announced as closed due to CSO strike and then closed for the rest of the CSO season, is now closed permanently.

    From the tesori web site:
    thank you from all of us at tesori

    after six wonderful years as tesori, and fifteen before that as Rhapsody, we have closed our doors. we will sincerely miss serving each and every one of our guests and being a part of their day. thank you to our incredible staff for their passion and dedication over the years. we hope to have the opportunity to cross paths with each other again, perhaps on one of our projects in the west loop with our friends at Blue Plate.

    we wish you all the best, tesori.thank you from all of us at tesori


    An e-mail from the CSO today raises the question as to whether the change is to a new operator or is a reconcepting.

    Please note that tesori is closed for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. A new, exciting dining experience will open in advance of the 2019/20 season.
  • Post #189 - May 15th, 2019, 6:54 pm
    Post #189 - May 15th, 2019, 6:54 pm Post #189 - May 15th, 2019, 6:54 pm
    Hi,

    The CSO strike was a major hit. I was at Rhapsody for a dinner with no plans to attend a concert. Once the concert attendees left, you could have rolled a bowling ball down the aisles.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #190 - May 15th, 2019, 7:46 pm
    Post #190 - May 15th, 2019, 7:46 pm Post #190 - May 15th, 2019, 7:46 pm
    Drover wrote:CLOSED: Beef & Burger on Montrose and Keokuk. Bold move to open right next to the massively overrated Susie's but ultimately a losing cause.

    Someone else is giving it a go. Tim Tim's Express Grill has apparently been open since September but managed to escape everyone's notice on these here boards. Positive feedback on Yelp so far, FWIW.

    Tim Tim's Express Grill
    4148 W. Montrose
    (773) 657-3180
    https://tim-tims-express-grill.business.site/
  • Post #191 - May 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
    Post #191 - May 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm Post #191 - May 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
    Cathy2 said
    The CSO strike was a major hit. I was at Rhapsody for a dinner with no plans to attend a concert. Once the concert attendees left, you could have rolled a bowling ball down the aisles.


    Emptying out before curtain times applies to quite a a few Loop restaurants these days albeit to a lesser extent than a decade ago. The increased number of condos, rental apartments and hotel rooms in the Loop has contributed to more mid-evening dining. People living around there will learn that making your dinner reservation for 7:30 or so will give a much quieter and more relaxing dinner.

    tesori was obviously drawing quite a few diners going to Hamilton and the Auditorium Theatre, especially before dance performances. Lunch business had been pretty strong. The strike might have affected lunch business due to picket lines as well CSO employees other than musicians and orchestra members watching their spending due to financial uncertainty. The strike began after the contract extension expired on March 10. tesori did not suspend operations until April 3, by which time the strike looked as though it could be long.

    Combining the phrasing on tesori's web site and the CSO e-mail makes me think that tesori was going to close down at the end of the CSO season anyway at least for remodeling for new concept and quite possibly a new operator. Either way makes not reopening for less than two months seem logical.
  • Post #192 - May 17th, 2019, 5:52 pm
    Post #192 - May 17th, 2019, 5:52 pm Post #192 - May 17th, 2019, 5:52 pm
    Flora Fauna opening in former Bohemian House space, embracing Caribbean and Southeast Asian flavors
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #193 - May 19th, 2019, 5:56 pm
    Post #193 - May 19th, 2019, 5:56 pm Post #193 - May 19th, 2019, 5:56 pm
    Busghetti wrote:
    The new restaurant is "Speedy Tamales - Homemade Mexican Cuisine" according to the food truck parked out in front of the restaurant. Looks like renovations are still taking place judging from the contractor material visible around the entrance. Per their Facebook page this is their 2nd location (the 1st in Berwyn) in addition to their food truck.

    https://www.facebook.com/speedytamalestruck/


    Speedy Tamales replied to my comment on their FB page and said they were just waiting for menus to be printed and their new sign to be delivered.

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