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  • Post #271 - August 20th, 2021, 10:37 pm
    Post #271 - August 20th, 2021, 10:37 pm Post #271 - August 20th, 2021, 10:37 pm
    RockyDennis wrote:
    Geezus, put a fork in this guy already. Who out there could still possibly give an eff about him? :?

    I do

    Well, alrighty, then. I know how beloved he still is in some circles. Shows you how little I know, though. I can't believe there's any demand at all anymore for a Ditka-branded steakhouse, let alone increasing demand that warrants opening more of them. More power to Da' Coach, I suppose. :?

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #272 - August 22nd, 2021, 11:01 am
    Post #272 - August 22nd, 2021, 11:01 am Post #272 - August 22nd, 2021, 11:01 am
    Tee from Aroy Thai Restaurant just opened Eighty Eight Eggs a few blocks north of Aroy on Damen. Bright, clean, delicious.

    A few Thai influenced dishes along with well made American breakfast staples. More Thai to come as time goes on. I've been once loved it, will post in detail when I go again.

    EightyEight Eggs, count me a Fan!

    EightyEight Eggs
    4943 N Damen Ave
    Chicago IL 60625
    http://eightyeighteggs.com/
    773-654-1091
    7-2 Closed Monday
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #273 - August 23rd, 2021, 3:25 pm
    Post #273 - August 23rd, 2021, 3:25 pm Post #273 - August 23rd, 2021, 3:25 pm
    The shuttered Starbucks at 528 Dempster St. is expected to reopen soon as a locally-owned coffee shop called Evanston Pour.
    https://evanstonnow.com/local-coffee-sh ... -dempster/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #274 - August 24th, 2021, 7:00 am
    Post #274 - August 24th, 2021, 7:00 am Post #274 - August 24th, 2021, 7:00 am
    After 47 years on Rush Street, Pippin’s Tavern is turning a corner — literally. The Irish pub, which closed in June 2020, will reopen in a much large space — with a kitchen — inside the former Devon Seafood + Steak at 39 E. Chicago Avenue in mid- to late-September.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/8/23/226 ... ush-street
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #275 - August 26th, 2021, 6:05 am
    Post #275 - August 26th, 2021, 6:05 am Post #275 - August 26th, 2021, 6:05 am
    Alpana Singh is opening a new restaurant in Gold Coast at State and Pearson, at the site of the shuttered Lyfe Kitchen. The project's name is Tallulah and they submitted some liquor license applications the other day.

    I dont know any further information.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #276 - August 26th, 2021, 6:48 am
    Post #276 - August 26th, 2021, 6:48 am Post #276 - August 26th, 2021, 6:48 am
    Per a FB post - Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop in Mundelein will be closing on September 18th and moving to Grayslake. According to the FB post, the new location won't have indoor seating but it will have an outdoor patio.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #277 - August 26th, 2021, 1:53 pm
    Post #277 - August 26th, 2021, 1:53 pm Post #277 - August 26th, 2021, 1:53 pm
    gnarchief wrote:Signage is up in the windows of the old Ipsento site (2035 N Western) for a place named Mammoth Poke. No web presence or any further info.


    They are opening on Tuesday August 31st with 20% off everything that day per their IG (@mammothpokechicago).
  • Post #278 - August 26th, 2021, 9:33 pm
    Post #278 - August 26th, 2021, 9:33 pm Post #278 - August 26th, 2021, 9:33 pm
    New bagel and sourdough bakery is coming to Ravenswood. R&A Bread Bakers is opening in the former home of a Subway. I think they've been around at farmers markets before. They have bagels of course but also bialys, schmears, lox, etc etc. Looks pretty good

    Coming soon....

    R&A Bread Bakers
    1938 W Lawrence Ave
    https://randabreadbakers.com/our-menu

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTCuAyPLTVz/
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #279 - August 27th, 2021, 4:44 pm
    Post #279 - August 27th, 2021, 4:44 pm Post #279 - August 27th, 2021, 4:44 pm
    From the people who brought you Maple & Ash, The Hunt Club, etc bring you Delilah's, taking over the former Little Beet Table on State St in Gold Coast. Is it the same Delilah's as the one in Lincoln Park? Stay tuned to find out..

    Coming soon...
    Delilah's
    847 N State St
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #280 - August 27th, 2021, 5:10 pm
    Post #280 - August 27th, 2021, 5:10 pm Post #280 - August 27th, 2021, 5:10 pm
    Eater reports Arami Owner Plans New Bottle Shop Cafe for Lincoln Square

    While Fujimura didn’t speak much about Entente, he did announce a new project, a hybrid coffeeshop that also sells beer and wine near where CTA Brown Line cars are street level in Lincoln Square. Fujimura says Rockwell Bottle Shop & Coffee, a 1,500-square-foot space is not a bar. It’s where friends can hang out, have a quick conversation with friends or a barista, and then come home with a few bottles from the his store’s curated selection of craft beer, wine, and sake.

    Fujimura is hopeful that Rockwell’s Bottle Shop and Coffee could open at the end of October at 4634 N. Rockwell Street, next to Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill. It won’t have a full espresso bar, so doesn’t expect lattes: it’s just drip coffee and some tea. Being so close to the train, they’ll have some simple breakfast offerings.

    “This place is more about that 2 p.m. coffee,” Fujimura says.


    The story raises more questions than it answers. The block between Eastwood and Leland now has Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill, Pizza Art Cafe and Beans and Bagels.
  • Post #281 - August 27th, 2021, 5:11 pm
    Post #281 - August 27th, 2021, 5:11 pm Post #281 - August 27th, 2021, 5:11 pm
    marothisu wrote:From the people who brought you Maple & Ash, The Hunt Club, etc bring you Delilah's, taking over the former Little Beet Table on State St in Gold Coast. Is it the same Delilah's as the one in Lincoln Park? Stay tuned to find out..

    Coming soon...
    Delilah's
    847 N State St


    Have they consulted with Delilah's on Lincoln (or is there any affiliation)? Ignore my question. Didn't see the last line in the post.
  • Post #282 - August 30th, 2021, 2:25 pm
    Post #282 - August 30th, 2021, 2:25 pm Post #282 - August 30th, 2021, 2:25 pm
    Tiger Sugar is opening their first Chicago location in Chinatown soon. They are a chain from China serving up brown sugar boba drinks with real milk instead of cream. They opened up their first US location in NYC a few years ago (Flushing) to huge lines. Since then they've opened up outposts in a number of other cities. They're good but I'm not sure I'd wait in line for THAT long for it. Definitely good though.

    They're also opening up one downstate in Champaign.

    Opening soon...

    Tiger Sugar
    2116 S Archer Ave, 1st Floor
    https://tigersugarec.com/menu.html
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #283 - August 31st, 2021, 10:27 am
    Post #283 - August 31st, 2021, 10:27 am Post #283 - August 31st, 2021, 10:27 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:New Ditka's restaurant set to open this fall in downtown Wheaton.
    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2021 ... /210829969

    Geezus, put a fork in this guy already. Who out there could still possibly give an eff about him? :?

    =R=


    I guess his politics are better received in Wheaton...
  • Post #284 - September 1st, 2021, 2:53 am
    Post #284 - September 1st, 2021, 2:53 am Post #284 - September 1st, 2021, 2:53 am
    In the spot of a former Burrito King, a new Mexican take-out venture has opened. Barca Birrieria focuses on goat meat. I took out from there a few days ago. :) Image Image Image Image Image I am unused to dining on birria. My dinner included a consome, which I was clueless as how to incorporate with the quesabirrios and rice. :?

    When I walked there, I noticed this closed mini-market, Bel Park Liquor (4752 W.), across an alleyway from it. It might reopen. But noticing all the faults a City inspector detected therein, it might not. :?: Image Image Image
    Barca Birrieria
    4754 W. Belmont Ave.
    Chicago, IL. 60641

    (Phone number not found.)


    Subsequent edit: Bel Park Liquor has reopened.
    Last edited by pudgym29 on September 5th, 2021, 4:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #285 - September 3rd, 2021, 12:29 pm
    Post #285 - September 3rd, 2021, 12:29 pm Post #285 - September 3rd, 2021, 12:29 pm
    Only one actual "opening" at the Willis Tower food court, Sushi-San is now open in the kiosk near the South entrance. Brown Bag has also reopened so the first floor food court is now fully operational with Do-Rite, Shake Shack, Rick Bayless' Tortazo and Sweetgreen. Everything's easily a buck or two above overpriced, but it's nice to finally have some options. Oh, and the sushi was "fine" by lunch kiosk standards.
  • Post #286 - September 7th, 2021, 6:12 pm
    Post #286 - September 7th, 2021, 6:12 pm Post #286 - September 7th, 2021, 6:12 pm
    Urbanspace, the city’s first new food hall to open since the pandemic, will debut later this month at State and Washington. The food hall will feature 12 restaurants with familiar local names like Isla Pilipina, the beloved shuttered North Side Filipino restaurant; Edzo’s Burgers, the popular Evanston griddled patty specialists; and Sushi Dokku, a mini version of the West Loop Japanese restaurant.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/9/7/2266 ... ening-date
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #287 - September 8th, 2021, 3:48 am
    Post #287 - September 8th, 2021, 3:48 am Post #287 - September 8th, 2021, 3:48 am
    Dave148 wrote:Per a FB post - Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop in Mundelein will be closing on September 18th and moving to Grayslake. According to the FB post, the new location won't have indoor seating but it will have an outdoor patio.

    As a Mundelein resident, we supported Lori's venture from the outset. And while their dining room was fun, homey & very 'family', Covid had to have done a number on them. Their food is consistent and bakery is great. Good luck!
  • Post #288 - September 9th, 2021, 9:58 am
    Post #288 - September 9th, 2021, 9:58 am Post #288 - September 9th, 2021, 9:58 am
    New BBQ spot open inside a bowling alley:
    Nuka Barbeque
    201 W. Ogden Ave.
    Westmont
    630-324-6064
    http://www.nukabbq.com
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #289 - September 11th, 2021, 9:14 am
    Post #289 - September 11th, 2021, 9:14 am Post #289 - September 11th, 2021, 9:14 am
    Cafe Orchid has been listed online as "Temporarily Closed" for awhile. There is a new zoning application up to tear down the building they're in, on Addison, and replace it with something else. That something else does have ground floor commercial/retail in this proposal.

    Just letting everyone know that Cafe Orchid might be no longer in that location - hopefully they'll move to another location in the city if not going back into the potential new building there.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #290 - September 11th, 2021, 10:46 am
    Post #290 - September 11th, 2021, 10:46 am Post #290 - September 11th, 2021, 10:46 am
    More detail on Cafe Orchid in my post from July 31in this thread. As of today the proposal is still marked "under deliberation" on the alderman's web site.
  • Post #291 - September 11th, 2021, 8:30 pm
    Post #291 - September 11th, 2021, 8:30 pm Post #291 - September 11th, 2021, 8:30 pm
    RIP Snack Planet in basement of Richland Center in Chinatown. Aurora location is still open.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #292 - September 14th, 2021, 3:32 pm
    Post #292 - September 14th, 2021, 3:32 pm Post #292 - September 14th, 2021, 3:32 pm
    A huge grocery store is poised to take over the vacant CVS site on Milwaukee Avenue.

    Independently-owned grocery store Farmer’s Best Market, which has locations in the Brickyard Mall and suburban Northlake, is looking to open a third location at 2065 N. Milwaukee Ave., co-owner Nick Merikas said. Merikas said they haven’t finalized the lease yet, but they’re “90 percent sure” the deal is moving forward.
    https://flip.it/V91Xzk
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #293 - September 16th, 2021, 6:51 am
    Post #293 - September 16th, 2021, 6:51 am Post #293 - September 16th, 2021, 6:51 am
    Billy Dec to open new Sunda in Fulton Market District

    https://www.chicagobusiness.com/restaur ... ton-market
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #294 - September 16th, 2021, 7:02 am
    Post #294 - September 16th, 2021, 7:02 am Post #294 - September 16th, 2021, 7:02 am
    In the spot previously occupied by China North in Wheeling (corner of Wolf and Camp MacDonald Roads, opposite corners are Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights), Chinese Munch In now says "Open Soon".
    I'm not optimistic -- there's a Chinese Munch In in Arlington Heights with a lot of negative reviews. But it would be good to have a nearby quick Chinese lunch place, if I can find one dish they do well on the lunch specials.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #295 - September 16th, 2021, 12:00 pm
    Post #295 - September 16th, 2021, 12:00 pm Post #295 - September 16th, 2021, 12:00 pm
    JoelF wrote:In the spot previously occupied by China North in Wheeling (corner of Wolf and Camp MacDonald Roads, opposite corners are Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights), Chinese Munch In now says "Open Soon".
    I'm not optimistic -- there's a Chinese Munch In in Arlington Heights with a lot of negative reviews. But it would be good to have a nearby quick Chinese lunch place, if I can find one dish they do well on the lunch specials.


    Former owners of House of Szechwan in Des Plaines are opening this location - unsure of their affiliation with the AH Munch In
  • Post #296 - September 16th, 2021, 4:43 pm
    Post #296 - September 16th, 2021, 4:43 pm Post #296 - September 16th, 2021, 4:43 pm
    tkoo wrote:
    JoelF wrote:In the spot previously occupied by China North in Wheeling, Chinese Munch In now says "Open Soon"...
    I'm not optimistic -- there's a Chinese Munch In in Arlington Heights with a lot of negative reviews.


    Former owners of House of Szechwan in Des Plaines are opening this location - unsure of their affiliation with the AH Munch In

    Not a big confidence booster, they've never been great either.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #297 - September 20th, 2021, 10:21 am
    Post #297 - September 20th, 2021, 10:21 am Post #297 - September 20th, 2021, 10:21 am
    The X Pot, a high end hot pot/wagyu concept coming soon to Roosevelt Collection, applied for a liquor license on Friday. They were supposed to open in Chicago first, but then the pandemic happened and ended up opening in Las Vegas first. Word on the street is that they're supposed to open up probably in the next month or so.

    Vegas menu: https://thexpot.com/the-x-pot-menus/
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #298 - September 20th, 2021, 12:56 pm
    Post #298 - September 20th, 2021, 12:56 pm Post #298 - September 20th, 2021, 12:56 pm
    marothisu wrote:The X Pot, a high end hot pot/wagyu concept coming soon to Roosevelt Collection

    If they wanted to add a cannabis dispensary on site, they wouldn't need to change the name! :lol:
  • Post #299 - September 20th, 2021, 1:24 pm
    Post #299 - September 20th, 2021, 1:24 pm Post #299 - September 20th, 2021, 1:24 pm
    jellob1976 wrote:
    marothisu wrote:From the people who brought you Maple & Ash, The Hunt Club, etc bring you Delilah's, taking over the former Little Beet Table on State St in Gold Coast. Is it the same Delilah's as the one in Lincoln Park? Stay tuned to find out..

    Coming soon...
    Delilah's
    847 N State St


    Have they consulted with Delilah's on Lincoln (or is there any affiliation)? Ignore my question. Didn't see the last line in the post.


    Apparently, not related:
    https://whatnowchicago.com/what-if-synd ... old-coast/

    But What If Syndicate isn’t stopping there. The group will debut its newest concept, Delilah’s, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Danny Grant confirmed in a brief telephone conversation with What Now Chicago Thursday.

    The eatery, which filed a liquor license for 847 N State Street, is not affiliated with Lincoln Park’s Delilah’s, a bar owned and operated by Mike Miller, a What If Syndicate rep confirmed.


    It doesn't really say what the place will be, but chances of it being "nice" and/or semi trendy are probably high.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #300 - September 21st, 2021, 8:48 am
    Post #300 - September 21st, 2021, 8:48 am Post #300 - September 21st, 2021, 8:48 am
    Sushi X is moving next door into the new residential building on the corner of Milwaukee and Chicago Ave - from 1136 W Chicago Ave to 1120 W Chicago Ave.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing

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