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  • Post #181 - June 23rd, 2022, 10:16 pm
    Post #181 - June 23rd, 2022, 10:16 pm Post #181 - June 23rd, 2022, 10:16 pm
    BrendanR wrote:N.O.K (Noon O Kabab) at Milwaukee & Elston has closed.
    “We were going great,” said N.O.K. operator Mir Naghavi. “Unfortunately …. an extreme rise of operation costs and staff shortages (and) the stress” forced the closure, said N.O.K.

    http://nadignewspapers.com/2022/06/22/n ... -for-sale/

    I wonder how this may affect the new, but yet opened, location in Highwood.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #182 - June 24th, 2022, 9:23 am
    Post #182 - June 24th, 2022, 9:23 am Post #182 - June 24th, 2022, 9:23 am
    The previously soon to open Kabob place in Highwood will not be opening. 1 rumor is that they could not hire people to man it. I happened to be walking by last weekend and saw the owner removing equipment and asked him about it. All he said was it was about relationships and he was too old to deal with it all. He is going to retire and ride his Harley. No idea what he meant by relationships.

    -Will
  • Post #183 - June 24th, 2022, 2:19 pm
    Post #183 - June 24th, 2022, 2:19 pm Post #183 - June 24th, 2022, 2:19 pm
    WillG wrote:The previously soon to open Kabob place in Highwood will not be opening. 1 rumor is that they could not hire people to man it. I happened to be walking by last weekend and saw the owner removing equipment and asked him about it. All he said was it was about relationships and he was too old to deal with it all. He is going to retire and ride his Harley. No idea what he meant by relationships.

    -Will

    Damn, that's some heavy shit he offered you there! Highwood could still use a kabob place anyway.
  • Post #184 - June 28th, 2022, 7:39 am
    Post #184 - June 28th, 2022, 7:39 am Post #184 - June 28th, 2022, 7:39 am
    Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining has opened at 2043 W Howard in Chicago. The website doesn't have much to go on. Their Facebook page has more information.

    https://khmai-fine-dining.com/
    -Mary
  • Post #185 - June 28th, 2022, 8:11 am
    Post #185 - June 28th, 2022, 8:11 am Post #185 - June 28th, 2022, 8:11 am
    The GP wrote:Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining has opened at 2043 W Howard in Chicago. The website doesn't have much to go on. Their Facebook page has more information.

    https://khmai-fine-dining.com/
    Great news! As I suspected based on the location it's an outgrowth of Mona Bella catering which was a ghost kitchen pickup option I got in 2020. The location was at Pratt/Ashland. Massive portions, but really good food too.
  • Post #186 - June 28th, 2022, 8:37 am
    Post #186 - June 28th, 2022, 8:37 am Post #186 - June 28th, 2022, 8:37 am
    Ooh this looks intriguing!! Looking forward to trying.

    And as seems to be the case with most restaurants, the most up to date info is on their IG page.
  • Post #187 - June 28th, 2022, 4:32 pm
    Post #187 - June 28th, 2022, 4:32 pm Post #187 - June 28th, 2022, 4:32 pm
    The GP wrote:Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining has opened at 2043 W Howard in Chicago. The website doesn't have much to go on. Their Facebook page has more information.

    https://khmai-fine-dining.com/


    She is behind Mona Bella Catering, which Steve Dolinsky covered last Spring:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSVvJar6VFM
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #188 - June 28th, 2022, 4:55 pm
    Post #188 - June 28th, 2022, 4:55 pm Post #188 - June 28th, 2022, 4:55 pm
    marothisu wrote:She is behind Mona Bella Catering, which Steve Dolinsky covered last Spring:
    I guess my initial recollection of 2020 was off. Here is the article from Mike Sula that tipped me off to Mona Bella in March, 2021.
    https://chicagoreader.com/food-drink/mo ... cambodian/
  • Post #189 - June 29th, 2022, 6:03 am
    Post #189 - June 29th, 2022, 6:03 am Post #189 - June 29th, 2022, 6:03 am
    A South Side chef is returning to his roots this summer, offering bratwursts and a rotating selection of dishes as he aims to give young cooks their start in the industry. Darryl Fuery, a chef for more than three decades, will open Haute Brats, 6239 S. Ashland Ave., in the next few weeks, with a grand opening planned for August.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/06/27 ... -dog-spot/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #190 - June 29th, 2022, 6:18 am
    Post #190 - June 29th, 2022, 6:18 am Post #190 - June 29th, 2022, 6:18 am
    "will open Haute Brats"

    Born and bred in Wisconsin, I approve of this message!
    Though the attached haute worries me a wee bit.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #191 - June 29th, 2022, 10:53 am
    Post #191 - June 29th, 2022, 10:53 am Post #191 - June 29th, 2022, 10:53 am
    I was driving down Irving Park yesterday and saw a sign for Harold's Chicken and Ribs (sic) now open at 1415 W. Irving Park. After initial excitement, a cursory internet search was disappointing as I don't believe it is part of the Harold's Chicken Shack empire, but perhaps a sketchy knockoff. I'll withhold judgement, but don't particularly want to patronize a business trying to confuse customers using a similar name (eg. McDowell's).

    Image

    Harold's Chicken and Ribs
    1415 W. Irving Park
    https://www.haroldschickenribs.com/
  • Post #192 - July 2nd, 2022, 6:54 am
    Post #192 - July 2nd, 2022, 6:54 am Post #192 - July 2nd, 2022, 6:54 am
    marothisu wrote:Is Phodega opening up a new shop in East Pilsen ? Business license issued for 1800 S Jefferson St for them, the site of the former Bodhi Thai

    A second location of Phodega, the Wicker Park Asian bodega is now open, according to its website. The new location will be takeout-only, but it will have the same menu of snacks, sandwiches, and, of course, pho, as the original. Phodega Express, 1800 S. Jefferson Street, Open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/6/10/231 ... ummer-2022
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #193 - July 3rd, 2022, 5:55 pm
    Post #193 - July 3rd, 2022, 5:55 pm Post #193 - July 3rd, 2022, 5:55 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    marothisu wrote:Is Phodega opening up a new shop in East Pilsen ? Business license issued for 1800 S Jefferson St for them, the site of the former Bodhi Thai

    A second location of Phodega, the Wicker Park Asian bodega is now open, according to its website. The new location will be takeout-only, but it will have the same menu of snacks, sandwiches, and, of course, pho, as the original. Phodega Express, 1800 S. Jefferson Street, Open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/6/10/231 ... ummer-2022


    Yeah I wrote about this over 2 weeks ago. We all know Eater gets Intel from this forum

    marothisu wrote:
    marothisu wrote:Is Phodega opening up a new shop in East Pilsen ? Business license issued for 1800 S Jefferson St for them, the site of the former Bodhi Thai


    The answer is yes, but it's a carry out only store per their website:
    https://www.phodega.com/location
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #194 - July 5th, 2022, 7:17 am
    Post #194 - July 5th, 2022, 7:17 am Post #194 - July 5th, 2022, 7:17 am
    TTO Bokki, a Korean street food joint, is opening in Long Grove in the Sunset Foods shopping plaza.
    It is taking over the store previously occupied by Haku Sushi.

    4196 IL Route 83 Unit B
    847-383-5252
    https://ttobokki.smartonlineorder.com/
  • Post #195 - July 6th, 2022, 6:27 am
    Post #195 - July 6th, 2022, 6:27 am Post #195 - July 6th, 2022, 6:27 am
    I was driving down Golf Road and noticed the former Valli Produce @ 450 E Golf Rd in Arlington Heights is now called Value Fresh Market. This looks to be a new grocery store and not owned by Valli any longer.
    A long-standing grocery store in Arlington Heights is under new ownership, which promises to maintain the store's strong business while upgrading a few departments.

    Now called Value Fresh Market, the store operated as the flagship Valli Produce at 450 E. Golf Road since 1989.

    Valli still operates five locations in Hoffman Estates, Glendale Heights, Evanston, Rockford and Loves Park.

    https://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/202 ... -ownership

    Value Fresh Market
    450 E Golf Rd,
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    https://www.valuefreshmarket.net/
  • Post #196 - July 6th, 2022, 6:32 pm
    Post #196 - July 6th, 2022, 6:32 pm Post #196 - July 6th, 2022, 6:32 pm
    There's a new burger restaurant opening in Lincoln Park which originates from Amman, Jordan. Looks like they have locations in various mid east places (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Cyprus, Qatar, UAE, etc) as well as Angola in Africa, Germany, and Australia. The one in LP might be their first US location.


    Firefly Burgers
    2412 N Lincoln Ave
    Open 11am - 11pm Mon - Fri, 11am - 1am Sat - Sun

    Menu: https://www.fireflyburgers.us/menu/

    https://fireflyburgers.com
    https://www.fireflyburgers.us/


    Not sure when it'll open but my guess is soon considering they just had a food inspection the other day.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #197 - July 7th, 2022, 1:51 pm
    Post #197 - July 7th, 2022, 1:51 pm Post #197 - July 7th, 2022, 1:51 pm
    Block Club reports that a magic-themed gelato shop is coming to Lincoln Square.
    The shop is set to open in March at 4819 N. Western Ave. with an array of unique flavors from Bliznick’s brand, Sideshow Gelato. Customers will be treated to performances by the staff while they enjoy their Italian desert, Bliznick said. It’ll be entertaining for customers, and aspiring magicians, jugglers and acrobats will have a space to hone their craft between doling out scoops of gelato, he said.

    “I would prefer to provide a safe venue where they can do this and we have a mentor on staff that can work with them and help them hone their act and hone their skills,” Bliznick said.

    The shop will have a stage area with seating for 50, Bliznick said, and it will have a museum of curios inspired by and modeled after the sideshow exhibits once found in traveling circuses. Plans for the store were first reported by the Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek.

    Some of his flavors sound a bit weird. The location is a bit south of Rainbow Thai, which is at 4825 N. Western.
  • Post #198 - July 7th, 2022, 3:42 pm
    Post #198 - July 7th, 2022, 3:42 pm Post #198 - July 7th, 2022, 3:42 pm
    marothisu wrote:There's a new burger restaurant opening in Lincoln Park which originates from Amman, Jordan. Looks like they have locations in various mid east places (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Cyprus, Qatar, UAE, etc) as well as Angola in Africa, Germany, and Australia. The one in LP might be their first US location.


    Firefly Burgers
    2412 N Lincoln Ave
    Open 11am - 11pm Mon - Fri, 11am - 1am Sat - Sun

    Menu: https://www.fireflyburgers.us/menu/

    https://fireflyburgers.com
    https://www.fireflyburgers.us/


    Not sure when it'll open but my guess is soon considering they just had a food inspection the other day.


    Clever guys. While their hotdog comes with ketchup, they have avoided the stigma by also including cheese and Mayo.
  • Post #199 - July 8th, 2022, 7:56 pm
    Post #199 - July 8th, 2022, 7:56 pm Post #199 - July 8th, 2022, 7:56 pm
    marothisu wrote:Yardbird is coming to River North/Streeterville at 530 N Wabash (Grand & Wabash). Their IG account shows they're coming to Chicago and a building permit was issued where they're the owner of the permit. According to said permit, this could be a 2 level restaurant. This is the former home of PF Chang's in the ground floor of the Hilton Garden Inn.

    Yardbird has locations in Miami Beach, Las Vegas (in the Venetian), Dallas, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Singapore. They're also opening up a Denver outpost this year with the Chicago one. Basically...another "American" restaurant.


    IG: https://www.instagram.com/yardbirdrestaurants
    Official site with menus: https://www.runchickenrun.com


    Applied to a liquor license today
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #200 - July 9th, 2022, 5:52 am
    Post #200 - July 9th, 2022, 5:52 am Post #200 - July 9th, 2022, 5:52 am
    2 Restaurants In The Maple & Ash Empire Close Amid Legal Battle Between Owners. Café Sophie in Chicago and a restaurant in California have both closed as co-owners David Pisor and James Lasky continue to battle for control of What If Syndicate.
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/08 ... en-owners/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #201 - July 9th, 2022, 7:32 am
    Post #201 - July 9th, 2022, 7:32 am Post #201 - July 9th, 2022, 7:32 am
    A location of Bar Siena just opened at Old Orchard. It's on the east side, just south of the Maggiano's. Built into the northeast corner of Nordstrom, I guess.
  • Post #202 - July 9th, 2022, 4:19 pm
    Post #202 - July 9th, 2022, 4:19 pm Post #202 - July 9th, 2022, 4:19 pm
    Everyone should be aware that all stores in Old Orchard have a 1% additional tax that no other stores nearby have which goes to the the owners of Old Orchard.
  • Post #203 - July 10th, 2022, 1:30 am
    Post #203 - July 10th, 2022, 1:30 am Post #203 - July 10th, 2022, 1:30 am
    lougord99 wrote:Everyone should be aware that all stores in Old Orchard have a 1% additional tax that no other stores nearby have which goes to the the owners of Old Orchard.

    F that!!
  • Post #204 - July 10th, 2022, 1:45 pm
    Post #204 - July 10th, 2022, 1:45 pm Post #204 - July 10th, 2022, 1:45 pm
    lougord99 wrote:Everyone should be aware that all stores in Old Orchard have a 1% additional tax that no other stores nearby have which goes to the the owners of Old Orchard.

    Because Old Orchard has been legally declared “blighted.”
  • Post #205 - July 10th, 2022, 4:54 pm
    Post #205 - July 10th, 2022, 4:54 pm Post #205 - July 10th, 2022, 4:54 pm
    nr706 wrote:
    lougord99 wrote:Everyone should be aware that all stores in Old Orchard have a 1% additional tax that no other stores nearby have which goes to the the owners of Old Orchard.

    Because Old Orchard has been legally declared “blighted.”


    And even better after the 1% tax was passed the owners of the Old Orchard Mall decided they are selling the American Mall portfolio of assets including Old Orchard. What a freakin scam and infuriating corruption by local politicians in Skokie to allow such a tax scam to be approved!

    Westfield Old Orchard Parent Plans To Sell Off American Mall Portfolio
    https://patch.com/illinois/skokie/westf ... -portfolio
  • Post #206 - July 10th, 2022, 5:05 pm
    Post #206 - July 10th, 2022, 5:05 pm Post #206 - July 10th, 2022, 5:05 pm
    I was driving in Wheeling on Dundee Road and noticed in the same strip mall HD Cuisine is located there was a sign for a new BBQ restaurant (Heaven's Barbecue on Earth) being built in the strip mall.

    Image
    Heaven's Barbecue on Earth
    1 huntington ln,
    wheeling, il 60090

    Also, noticed there is a fairly new bubble tea business (Kopa Tea Bar) opened in the same strip mall.. Probably has been opened for less than 4 months:

    Kopa Tea Bar
    37 Huntington Ln,
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    https://www.kopateabar.com/
  • Post #207 - July 11th, 2022, 3:58 pm
    Post #207 - July 11th, 2022, 3:58 pm Post #207 - July 11th, 2022, 3:58 pm
    Block Club reports Lake Effect Brewing won’t open taproom in Jeff Park firehouse after years of delays, heading to Avondale instead.
  • Post #208 - July 12th, 2022, 9:59 am
    Post #208 - July 12th, 2022, 9:59 am Post #208 - July 12th, 2022, 9:59 am
    Jeff & Judes Manager Opening Late-Night Diner Inside Former Ukrainian Village Deli

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/12 ... lage-deli/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #209 - July 13th, 2022, 9:40 pm
    Post #209 - July 13th, 2022, 9:40 pm Post #209 - July 13th, 2022, 9:40 pm
    Solita is replacing the shuttered Pink Taco in River North. They also serve tacos, margaritas, etc. They applied for a liquor license and Chicago is mentioned on their site as coming soon. They have a few locations in the LA area and also opening one in Orlando.

    https://solitatacos.com
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #210 - July 14th, 2022, 1:52 pm
    Post #210 - July 14th, 2022, 1:52 pm Post #210 - July 14th, 2022, 1:52 pm
    Olio e Più, a trattoria and enoteca, is coming this winter to 445 N. Dearborn Street in River North, followed in spring by cavernous French spot La Grande Boucherie and intimate Japanese restaurant the Omakase Room at 431 S. Dearborn Street in the Loop.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/7/14/231 ... renderings
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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