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  • Post #31 - January 14th, 2018, 10:49 pm
    Post #31 - January 14th, 2018, 10:49 pm Post #31 - January 14th, 2018, 10:49 pm
    scottsol wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Thanks. Too many Greenwoods to guess


    But not many Greenwood at Dempster.


    My conclusion since no one can face that spot it has to be a cursed location. Kinda like those restaurants in front of Home Depot on Lake Cook in Deerfield.

    And Dempster in general is a kiss of death.
  • Post #32 - January 15th, 2018, 12:04 am
    Post #32 - January 15th, 2018, 12:04 am Post #32 - January 15th, 2018, 12:04 am
    The Warbler is set to open January 23. Gather is great so I'm looking forward to the addition to the neighborhood!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/re ... story.html

    The Warbler
    4535 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60625
  • Post #33 - January 15th, 2018, 8:57 am
    Post #33 - January 15th, 2018, 8:57 am Post #33 - January 15th, 2018, 8:57 am
    scottsol wrote:Moreover, you don’t even have to go the linked site as the last word in it is “niles”.

    https://www.journal-topics.com/articles ... -eye-niles

    My wife tells me not to hover.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #34 - January 17th, 2018, 2:13 pm
    Post #34 - January 17th, 2018, 2:13 pm Post #34 - January 17th, 2018, 2:13 pm
    Honey's:

    Despite an automated phone message saying that Honey’s was closed for renovation and remodeling, a former employee said Wednesday that the entire staff was actually let go last week and that the restaurant, and attached bar concept, The Hive, are closed.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
  • Post #35 - January 17th, 2018, 2:51 pm
    Post #35 - January 17th, 2018, 2:51 pm Post #35 - January 17th, 2018, 2:51 pm
    This probably doesn't belong in this thread, but here goes anyway. From the Honey's article above:

    “I think there are too many restaurants in Chicago, and it’s hard to stay open when everyone is doing the same thing in the same area,” Smyth said.


    Am I the only one that thinks that maybe if restaurants would open in neighborhoods other that Fulton Market/West Loop (like is seems like 90% of the recent notable restaurants have opened) that they may have a better chance? There's a whole city here - time to start paying attention to other areas again.
  • Post #36 - January 17th, 2018, 3:25 pm
    Post #36 - January 17th, 2018, 3:25 pm Post #36 - January 17th, 2018, 3:25 pm
    There hasn't been much of a change in the restaurant scene in the year or so since Honey's opened so I doubt its closing is a function of oversaturation.

    I do agree that there's an "if you build it they will come" need in some less-served areas that could be filled with better-quality spots. I'm in the extreme NW side and my closest go-to spots, Libertad and Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club seem to draw consistent crowds with offerings that would be welcome in any neighborhood. I get the expense of opening a restaurant lends itself to go to hotspots but I also appreciate that some of that can be offset by cheaper rents in underserved areas.
  • Post #37 - January 18th, 2018, 12:45 am
    Post #37 - January 18th, 2018, 12:45 am Post #37 - January 18th, 2018, 12:45 am
    spinynorman99 wrote:There hasn't been much of a change in the restaurant scene in the year or so since Honey's opened so I doubt its closing is a function of oversaturation.


    No, it is a function of rising supply and rapidly falling demand.
    But these veterans restaurant McMansion developers seem to be blind leading blind.
    DeNiro is next to fail.
  • Post #38 - January 18th, 2018, 5:58 am
    Post #38 - January 18th, 2018, 5:58 am Post #38 - January 18th, 2018, 5:58 am
    As noted in the Culver's thread, the city will have its first two Culver's up and running by the end of the month, one in Bronzeville and one at Portage Park Six Corners.

    Culver's
    3355 S Martin Luther King Dr., opening January 23rd

    4939 W. Irving Park Rd., opening January 29th
  • Post #39 - January 18th, 2018, 10:14 am
    Post #39 - January 18th, 2018, 10:14 am Post #39 - January 18th, 2018, 10:14 am
    Meat & Potato Eatery is opening at 927 Rand Road in Lake Zurich, in the shopping center with the Binny's, Aldi, and DMV.

    Also, Carlos Mexican Grill & Seafood is opening in a location of the damned at Ela Rd & Rt. 22 in Lake Zurich. I think that location has been four or five restaurants since my in-laws moved out this way in the early '00s and I started working out here in '07.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/business/201 ... ake-zurich
  • Post #40 - January 19th, 2018, 3:13 pm
    Post #40 - January 19th, 2018, 3:13 pm Post #40 - January 19th, 2018, 3:13 pm
    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
  • Post #41 - January 19th, 2018, 3:16 pm
    Post #41 - January 19th, 2018, 3:16 pm Post #41 - January 19th, 2018, 3:16 pm
    Also, it looks like there is a new place going in at 5007 West Irving Park [ETA: former Nite Cap spot] called The Foundation Tavern and Grill. Window and building signage is up, façade looks good, but windows still papered over.
  • Post #42 - January 19th, 2018, 4:54 pm
    Post #42 - January 19th, 2018, 4:54 pm Post #42 - January 19th, 2018, 4:54 pm
    Sorry if this is a repeat - Alpine Food Shop opened a second shop in Westchester, and seamingly no change to original quality.
    Alpine Food Shop
    10712 W. 31rst St., Westchester,IL
    708.483.6171
  • Post #43 - January 19th, 2018, 7:53 pm
    Post #43 - January 19th, 2018, 7:53 pm Post #43 - January 19th, 2018, 7:53 pm
    Mythos reopened on January 17 as Mythos Greek Street Food according to 47th Ward alderman's newsletter today. I posted more information in the Mythos thread.
  • Post #44 - January 20th, 2018, 8:43 am
    Post #44 - January 20th, 2018, 8:43 am Post #44 - January 20th, 2018, 8:43 am
    Window sign:
    Marwa Grill coming soon
    @ 6257 N McCormick

    Just North of Hong Kong Buffet, but not that visible from the street.
    With the name like this I am visualizing another falafel - shawarma - yellow rice -acidic pickles conglomerate.
    I am excited :D
  • Post #45 - January 20th, 2018, 11:47 am
    Post #45 - January 20th, 2018, 11:47 am Post #45 - January 20th, 2018, 11:47 am
    Lenny007 wrote:Window sign:
    Marwa Grill coming soon
    @ 6257 N McCormick

    Just North of Hong Kong Buffet, but not that visible from the street.
    With the name like this I am visualizing another falafel - shawarma - yellow rice -acidic pickles conglomerate.
    I am excited :D

    I used to be in a rock band called Acidic Pickles. We thought our music was kosher but critics politely denounced us as "an acquired taste." :(
  • Post #46 - January 20th, 2018, 6:25 pm
    Post #46 - January 20th, 2018, 6:25 pm Post #46 - January 20th, 2018, 6:25 pm
    Growing up, I was frequently victimized by a street gang called Hasidic Pickles. :(
  • Post #47 - January 20th, 2018, 11:14 pm
    Post #47 - January 20th, 2018, 11:14 pm Post #47 - January 20th, 2018, 11:14 pm
    Now that's an unorthodox name for a street gang...
  • Post #48 - January 21st, 2018, 4:58 pm
    Post #48 - January 21st, 2018, 4:58 pm Post #48 - January 21st, 2018, 4:58 pm
    The Dickeys BBQ Pit in Downers Grove on 75th has closed.
    "Fried chicken should unify us, as opposed to tearing us apart. " - Bomani Jones
  • Post #49 - January 21st, 2018, 8:34 pm
    Post #49 - January 21st, 2018, 8:34 pm Post #49 - January 21st, 2018, 8:34 pm
    Drover wrote:Now that's an unorthodox name for a street gang...


    This can't go by unacknowledged... bravo. :D
    "If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it." - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls
  • Post #50 - January 22nd, 2018, 9:52 pm
    Post #50 - January 22nd, 2018, 9:52 pm Post #50 - January 22nd, 2018, 9:52 pm
    McCormick and Schmick’s in Skokie closed last week as per email notification from Landry’s.
  • Post #51 - January 23rd, 2018, 7:32 am
    Post #51 - January 23rd, 2018, 7:32 am Post #51 - January 23rd, 2018, 7:32 am
    There's a Coming Soon sign for something called Crave Kabob Mediterranean in the former La Cuchara space on Madison just East of Ogden. Can't find any mention of it on the interwebs....
  • Post #52 - January 23rd, 2018, 2:26 pm
    Post #52 - January 23rd, 2018, 2:26 pm Post #52 - January 23rd, 2018, 2:26 pm
    Per the Tribune -
    Korean fried chicken chain BonChon is opening their second Chicagoland-area location in Glenview "at the end of January."

    The address provided however, of "1615 N. Milwaukee Ave", is the same space as So Gong Dong, a Korean restaurant still operating from everything I have seen.
  • Post #53 - January 23rd, 2018, 3:19 pm
    Post #53 - January 23rd, 2018, 3:19 pm Post #53 - January 23rd, 2018, 3:19 pm
    bweiny wrote:Per the Tribune -
    Korean fried chicken chain BonChon is opening their second Chicagoland-area location in Glenview "at the end of January."

    The address provided however, of "1615 N. Milwaukee Ave", is the same space as So Gong Dong, a Korean restaurant still operating from everything I have seen.


    So Gong Dong is "Unit 115" of the strip mall and Bon Chon is scheduled to open in "Unit 110."
  • Post #54 - January 23rd, 2018, 3:27 pm
    Post #54 - January 23rd, 2018, 3:27 pm Post #54 - January 23rd, 2018, 3:27 pm
    AlexG wrote:
    bweiny wrote:Per the Tribune -
    Korean fried chicken chain BonChon is opening their second Chicagoland-area location in Glenview "at the end of January."

    The address provided however, of "1615 N. Milwaukee Ave", is the same space as So Gong Dong, a Korean restaurant still operating from everything I have seen.


    So Gong Dong is "Unit 115" of the strip mall and Bon Chon is scheduled to open in "Unit 110."


    That strip mall if Korean food heaven, with at least 5 - 6 different restaurants, each specializing in a different aspect of Korean cuisine.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #55 - January 26th, 2018, 11:47 pm
    Post #55 - January 26th, 2018, 11:47 pm Post #55 - January 26th, 2018, 11:47 pm
    Checked out the Wooden Nickel tonight, which is in the old space of Northdown. They pretty much changed nothing in terms of decor, although the menu is all new. Pretty standard bar fare and Northdown's vegan/vegetarian-friendly items are gone.

    Still a good bar though and the food was fine.

    Wooden Nickel
    3244 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, Illinois 60657
  • Post #56 - January 30th, 2018, 1:06 pm
    Post #56 - January 30th, 2018, 1:06 pm Post #56 - January 30th, 2018, 1:06 pm
    Riverview Tavern, on the corner of Roscoe and Damen, is temporarily closed due to a "water main break" (meant to take a photo of the sign on the door). There's butcher paper and permits up in the windows. I have been meaning to write it up for awhile. There were no dates on when it would reopen. Food is nothing fantastic, but it does sit on a prominent corner of Roscoe Village.

    Riverview Tavern
    1958 W Roscoe St
    Chicago, IL 60657
  • Post #57 - January 30th, 2018, 2:02 pm
    Post #57 - January 30th, 2018, 2:02 pm Post #57 - January 30th, 2018, 2:02 pm
    The Publican pastry chef Dana Cree will open Pretty Cool Ice Cream, her own company with a flagship shop in Logan Square, partnering with Bang Bang Pie & Biscuit owner Michael Ciapciak.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #58 - January 30th, 2018, 4:23 pm
    Post #58 - January 30th, 2018, 4:23 pm Post #58 - January 30th, 2018, 4:23 pm
    Anyone have the scoop on Mother Cluckers in Palatine? Seemed like there was a lot of cars in the parking lot last night around 5:45, but I didn't see any fanfare about an official opening. Maybe a soft opening?
  • Post #59 - January 30th, 2018, 4:45 pm
    Post #59 - January 30th, 2018, 4:45 pm Post #59 - January 30th, 2018, 4:45 pm
    Anyone have the scoop on Mother Cluckers in Palatine?

    A soft opening would make sense, but I'm not sure. This article from 1/16 said that they're targeting an open in early February.
    http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180116/palatine-awards-liquor-license-to-mother-cluckers
  • Post #60 - January 30th, 2018, 5:23 pm
    Post #60 - January 30th, 2018, 5:23 pm Post #60 - January 30th, 2018, 5:23 pm
    Braciole Station has opened in the old Apart Pizza spot on Montrose (by Lincoln). Seems like they must be well funded. Per website, only open on weekends thru March and have three things on the menu (braciole, a pasta dish, and grilled artichoke salad).


    2205 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
    http://www.braciolestation.com/

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