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  • Post #691 - June 4th, 2008, 4:56 pm
    Post #691 - June 4th, 2008, 4:56 pm Post #691 - June 4th, 2008, 4:56 pm
    I'll check tomorrow, unless someone else chimes in sooner.
    Ed Fisher
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  • Post #692 - June 5th, 2008, 8:52 am
    Post #692 - June 5th, 2008, 8:52 am Post #692 - June 5th, 2008, 8:52 am
    EvanstonFoodGuy wrote:
    LabRat wrote:
    EvanstonFoodGuy wrote:And word yet on what restaurant will be replacing the old Wolfgang Pucks in Evanston?


    I heard that Bravo!, a chain of mid-range Italian restaurants was supposed to go in there. Their website does indicate that they will be opeing a location in Evanston in September of this year.


    Okay thanks. I've eaten at the Bravo! Glenview location, it was okay, but nothing great if you like chain Italian restaurants.
    A step up from Macaroni Grill and even a bigger step up from Olive Garden, but I guess that isn't saying much.


    Bravo! now has banners up outside the old Puck's location at Maple and Church, so I guess it is official.
  • Post #693 - June 5th, 2008, 9:08 pm
    Post #693 - June 5th, 2008, 9:08 pm Post #693 - June 5th, 2008, 9:08 pm
    leek wrote:What happened to the Milk and Honey outpost under the Damen Blue Line stop? I couldn't read the sign from the bus...


    They're remodeling.
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  • Post #694 - June 8th, 2008, 7:30 am
    Post #694 - June 8th, 2008, 7:30 am Post #694 - June 8th, 2008, 7:30 am
    The owner of Maiz just opened a new restaurant, Tamalli, at 2459 W. Armitage Ave. It's BYOB.

    Also, the owners of Sultan Market are opening a new restaurant at 2206 N. California sometime this summer - Masada.
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  • Post #695 - June 8th, 2008, 5:54 pm
    Post #695 - June 8th, 2008, 5:54 pm Post #695 - June 8th, 2008, 5:54 pm
    this morning as i passed by the very disgraceful Amelia's at Grand/Ogden (Mexican or Italian today? who knows)... They had a sign up saying that "Fiesta Mexicana" was coming soon. I wonder if it's the same owner trying to ditch the nasty past, or new owner trying to ditch the nasty past...


    Fiesta Mexicana currently has two restaurants further north of where you've mentioned- one on Broadway and one on Lincoln if memory serves.
    http://www.fiestamexicanachicago.com/
  • Post #696 - June 8th, 2008, 6:22 pm
    Post #696 - June 8th, 2008, 6:22 pm Post #696 - June 8th, 2008, 6:22 pm
    Cogito wrote:Does anyone know if Johnny's Uncle Jim's Diner on Montrose and Central has reopened anywhere?

    ???
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #697 - June 8th, 2008, 8:34 pm
    Post #697 - June 8th, 2008, 8:34 pm Post #697 - June 8th, 2008, 8:34 pm
    Cogito wrote:
    Cogito wrote:Does anyone know if Johnny's Uncle Jim's Diner on Montrose and Central has reopened anywhere?

    ???

    Johnny's Uncle Jim's
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #698 - June 9th, 2008, 8:46 am
    Post #698 - June 9th, 2008, 8:46 am Post #698 - June 9th, 2008, 8:46 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    Cogito wrote:
    Cogito wrote:Does anyone know if Johnny's Uncle Jim's Diner on Montrose and Central has reopened anywhere?

    ???

    Johnny's Uncle Jim's

    They closed a few months ago. I am asking if they have reopened.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #699 - June 9th, 2008, 9:03 am
    Post #699 - June 9th, 2008, 9:03 am Post #699 - June 9th, 2008, 9:03 am
    Cogito wrote:They closed a few months ago. I am asking if they have reopened.
    I thought you meant what were they. Last time I drove past JUJ was shuttered.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #700 - June 12th, 2008, 10:16 am
    Post #700 - June 12th, 2008, 10:16 am Post #700 - June 12th, 2008, 10:16 am
    Feed the Beast has been "closed for remodeling" since Memorial Day weekend. Their sign initially read that they'd reopen a couple weeks ago, but that portion has been removed. I was going to post a message here today to see if anyone knew the scoop, but then read this in today's Chicago Magazine Dish:
    The phone at Feed the Beast (4300 N. Lincoln Ave.) has been disconnected

    I only ate there a couple times, despite living a block away. Was never overly impressed with the food/service but they do have a nice area for outdoor seating. Hopefully we'll get a replacement soon.
  • Post #701 - June 12th, 2008, 10:50 am
    Post #701 - June 12th, 2008, 10:50 am Post #701 - June 12th, 2008, 10:50 am
    The 6/11/08 Evanston Roundtable reported that Ruby of Siam in Evanston had a change in ownership. It was unclear whether that includes the Ruby location in Skokie as well....

    A Google search turned up this article:
    >>Liquor license denied over immigration status
    The Evanston City Council, which recently urged the federal government to be more welcoming toward immigrants, found itself turning down an immigrant for a restaurant liquor license Monday because of a city ordinance that is more restrictive than state law.
    The city ordinance requires that liquor license holders be U.S. citizens, even though state liquor laws are more permissive, letting someone who is a legal permanent resident also qualify for a liquor license.
    As a result, the city turned down the application of Smithprin Chantarangkul, the new owner of Ruby of Siam at 1125 Emerson St., to renew the restaurant's liquor license, because he is a permanent resident, but not a citizen.
    Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, said the Administration and Pubic Works Committee wants city staff to investigate the possibility of making the city ordinance match state law.
    Mayor Lorraine Morton, who also serves as the city's liquor commissioner, said that another option would be for the owner to set up a corporation to hold ownership of the restaurant, and that the corporation could apply for the liquor license, avoiding the citizenship issue. 05/13/2008 <<

    Ah! Evanston and its convoluted liquor laws!!! The situation appears to have been resolved, as a person at the restaurant today said they are serving alcoholic beverages.
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  • Post #702 - June 12th, 2008, 11:04 am
    Post #702 - June 12th, 2008, 11:04 am Post #702 - June 12th, 2008, 11:04 am
    gleam wrote:
    leek wrote:What happened to the Milk and Honey outpost under the Damen Blue Line stop? I couldn't read the sign from the bus...


    They're remodeling.


    Per Chicago Magazine's Dish newsletter:
    Carol Watson recently shuttered her Milk & Honey Bake Shop (1543 N. Damen Ave.; 773-227-1167) with plans to spin it into Cipollina, an Italian deli. “Business was fine, but I screwed up, quite frankly,” says Watson. “We don’t have a kitchen on site, so we were dragging everything over from Milk & Honey Café [1920 W. Division St.; 773-395-9434], and it was driving me nuts.” Watson is now working with John Manion (Mas) on a menu of “straightforward, superfresh” gourmet sandwiches ($6 to $8), plus a display case full of meats and cheeses, pastries, and Italian sodas with homemade syrups. Manion has apparently enjoyed the process. “I’ve been stuffing my face with cured meats and Italian cheeses, olives, preserved vegetables, and Italian sodas,” he says. “My life is hard.” ETA: Late June.
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  • Post #703 - June 12th, 2008, 12:03 pm
    Post #703 - June 12th, 2008, 12:03 pm Post #703 - June 12th, 2008, 12:03 pm
    The Loop location of Ruby of Siam has opened (170 W. Washington). They have a buffet or you can order off of a menu. I did the buffet today and it was actually pretty tasty.
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  • Post #704 - June 14th, 2008, 1:14 pm
    Post #704 - June 14th, 2008, 1:14 pm Post #704 - June 14th, 2008, 1:14 pm
    Maybe someone else posted this and I haven't noticed it on the forum(s), but I stopped at Mirabell on Addison St. at 7 p.m. last night and it was closed - apparently since June 9th. The rules governing posting to the forums don't permit me to explain the reason for the closure, not at this time.
  • Post #705 - June 14th, 2008, 1:51 pm
    Post #705 - June 14th, 2008, 1:51 pm Post #705 - June 14th, 2008, 1:51 pm
    I was at the intersection of Lunt & Clark St. this morning on my way to the Rogers Park METRA station when I noticed a sign in the window of a store in the strip mall on the NE corner advertising the coming of a new vegetable/meat shop - bearing a name in Spanish (a name I've quickly forgotten).

    On the other side of the street, a bit N., at Tamales los Mejores de Guerrero: they're now serving, in addition to their standard fare of excellent tamales . . . Tamales Oaxaqueños. The Oaxaqueños are flatter, compressed more densely and come filled one way . . . with mole and chicken - and are wrapped in banana leafs. $2 each.
  • Post #706 - June 15th, 2008, 2:58 pm
    Post #706 - June 15th, 2008, 2:58 pm Post #706 - June 15th, 2008, 2:58 pm
    Rogers Park welcomes Don Taco #3 in the former Los Niches space at 6619 N. Clark. A quick google search nets no other Don Tacos in Chicago.
    -Mary
  • Post #707 - June 15th, 2008, 3:52 pm
    Post #707 - June 15th, 2008, 3:52 pm Post #707 - June 15th, 2008, 3:52 pm
    I don't know if anyone else posted it, but Karma Crossing, that Indian place on Western between Armitage and Fullerton, has a small handwritten sign in the window saying that they are temporarily closed.

    Karma Crossing
    2165 N Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Leek

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  • Post #708 - June 15th, 2008, 4:54 pm
    Post #708 - June 15th, 2008, 4:54 pm Post #708 - June 15th, 2008, 4:54 pm
    Bill wrote:Maybe someone else posted this and I haven't noticed it on the forum(s), but I stopped at Mirabell on Addison St. at 7 p.m. last night and it was closed - apparently since June 9th. The rules governing posting to the forums don't permit me to explain the reason for the closure, not at this time.

    The city's food inspection web site appears to be down, but the Trib's blog offers details.
  • Post #709 - June 16th, 2008, 11:45 am
    Post #709 - June 16th, 2008, 11:45 am Post #709 - June 16th, 2008, 11:45 am
    Yep, that's the reason for Mirabell's problem indicated on the big green sign pasted to a front window. You'll note, also, on the city inspection report - the closing of a favorite GNR recipient, earlier this year.
  • Post #710 - June 16th, 2008, 3:15 pm
    Post #710 - June 16th, 2008, 3:15 pm Post #710 - June 16th, 2008, 3:15 pm
    leek wrote:I don't know if anyone else posted it, but Karma Crossing, that Indian place on Western between Armitage and Fullerton, has a small handwritten sign in the window saying that they are temporarily closed.

    Karma Crossing
    2165 N Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60647


    It's been at least a month, I think. I really doubt it's temporary --- I drive by there at least 2-3 times a week and have never seen anyone in there, ever. A friend got take out last winter and said it was awful.
  • Post #711 - June 17th, 2008, 9:09 am
    Post #711 - June 17th, 2008, 9:09 am Post #711 - June 17th, 2008, 9:09 am
    The New InterContinental Hotel in Rosemont will have two restaurants:

    Osteria di Tramanto

    and

    McCormick and Schmicks
  • Post #712 - June 17th, 2008, 9:45 am
    Post #712 - June 17th, 2008, 9:45 am Post #712 - June 17th, 2008, 9:45 am
    Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force year-to-date report on closings and reopenings:

    http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webportal ... reason.pdf
  • Post #713 - June 17th, 2008, 11:32 am
    Post #713 - June 17th, 2008, 11:32 am Post #713 - June 17th, 2008, 11:32 am
    Crain's Chicago Business on-line reports Wolfgang Puck's cafe in the Chicago History Museum is closing Saturday.
  • Post #714 - June 17th, 2008, 1:16 pm
    Post #714 - June 17th, 2008, 1:16 pm Post #714 - June 17th, 2008, 1:16 pm
    In the vacant Domicile furniture store on Diversey near Orchard, a sign in a window for something called The Counter: Custom Built Burgers. Went to the website (thecounterburger.com) and most of the locations are in California.
  • Post #715 - June 17th, 2008, 1:19 pm
    Post #715 - June 17th, 2008, 1:19 pm Post #715 - June 17th, 2008, 1:19 pm
    riddlemay wrote:The Counter: Custom Built Burgers


    Is "custom built" really a selling point? Subway custom builds their subs and Burger King custom builds their burgers.
  • Post #716 - June 17th, 2008, 3:20 pm
    Post #716 - June 17th, 2008, 3:20 pm Post #716 - June 17th, 2008, 3:20 pm
    Smokin' Woody's on Lincoln is closed. There's a sign on the door that says something like it will be under new management. I can say that the few times I went there yielded widely different experiences. While I think they had a good pitmaster who knew how to cook (I had some nicely smoked pork), I also feel as though he had no trouble serving bbq that had been cooked way too long ago and reheated to bad results.
  • Post #717 - June 17th, 2008, 4:18 pm
    Post #717 - June 17th, 2008, 4:18 pm Post #717 - June 17th, 2008, 4:18 pm
    Aperitif at 2221 Lincoln had a sign in the window today that read "Open at 4PM today"
    The awning says persian food. No Menu on the windows when I peeked in.
  • Post #718 - June 18th, 2008, 6:23 am
    Post #718 - June 18th, 2008, 6:23 am Post #718 - June 18th, 2008, 6:23 am
    eatchicago wrote:Is "custom built" really a selling point? Subway custom builds their subs and Burger King custom builds their burgers.

    I share the ennui, but (just for our general Counterburger information) I went to the website, which depicts a 5-step check-box order form that the customer is supposed to fill out, I guess. (Which meat, which cheese, which toppings, which sauce, which bun.) Some preconceived combinations are listed on page 2 for those who don't like questionnaires. There's also the claim that "Our 100% natural freshly ground Angus beef, chicken and turkey are raised on a vegetarian diet without hormones or antibiotics. Our beef is certified humane." And a note at the bottom of page 2 to "Ask about our beer, wine & drink selection."
    Last edited by riddlemay on June 18th, 2008, 6:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #719 - June 18th, 2008, 6:37 am
    Post #719 - June 18th, 2008, 6:37 am Post #719 - June 18th, 2008, 6:37 am
    Crain's Chicago Business on-line reports Wolfgang Puck's cafe in the Chicago History Museum is closing Saturday.


    Oh no! Where will I go for a $5 brownie or a $12 salad now?
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  • Post #720 - June 18th, 2008, 10:25 am
    Post #720 - June 18th, 2008, 10:25 am Post #720 - June 18th, 2008, 10:25 am
    Mike G wrote:
    Crain's Chicago Business on-line reports Wolfgang Puck's cafe in the Chicago History Museum is closing Saturday.


    Oh no! Where will I go for a $5 brownie or a $12 salad now?


    I did like their lump sugar for the coffee.

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