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  • Post #241 - August 17th, 2022, 11:31 am
    Post #241 - August 17th, 2022, 11:31 am Post #241 - August 17th, 2022, 11:31 am
    Block Club reports The Green Post Bringing Savory Meat Pies, Craft Cocktails And More To Former Red Lion Spot In Lincoln Square.
    A group behind several North Side bars is opening a pub and cafe inside the closed Lincoln Square Red Lion Pub next month.

    The Green Post will open in early September at 4749 N. Rockwell St., according to a news release. It will be open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays with a variety of beverages, including coffee and tea, and breakfast foods, including pies and pastries.

    The Green Post’s pub will open in late fall with an outdoor sidewalk patio, alley dining space, a custom savory pie machine, as well as three rooms and two garden spaces, according to the news release. It will regularly host craft beverage tastings, private events, world sports and more, according to the news release.

    The pub’s menu will include beer, bespoke gin cocktails and food inspired by England, Ireland and Scotland that will change throughout the day but be anchored by meat and vegetable pies, according to the news release.
  • Post #242 - August 18th, 2022, 4:47 pm
    Post #242 - August 18th, 2022, 4:47 pm Post #242 - August 18th, 2022, 4:47 pm
    En Passant, Logan Square’s Acclaimed Old World Tribute, Won’t Reopen.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/8/18/233 ... ago-closed
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #243 - August 18th, 2022, 4:53 pm
    Post #243 - August 18th, 2022, 4:53 pm Post #243 - August 18th, 2022, 4:53 pm
    Battle of the convenience stores: Circle K moves into downtown.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2 ... t-7-eleven
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #244 - August 19th, 2022, 6:50 am
    Post #244 - August 19th, 2022, 6:50 am Post #244 - August 19th, 2022, 6:50 am
    Dave148 wrote:Battle of the convenience stores: Circle K moves into downtown.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2 ... t-7-eleven


    Battle's over; 7-11 gave up the fight long ago.
  • Post #245 - August 19th, 2022, 2:28 pm
    Post #245 - August 19th, 2022, 2:28 pm Post #245 - August 19th, 2022, 2:28 pm
    Cross post from main Nhu Lan thread.
    Lincoln Square location is closed for remodeling with signs directing to the 4810 N. Sheridan location. The building expansion to the rear has been going in fits and starts for what seems like several years but has been showing activity in the last few months. I suspect that considerable interior rearrangement will be needed to incorporate the additional space.
  • Post #246 - August 20th, 2022, 11:35 pm
    Post #246 - August 20th, 2022, 11:35 pm Post #246 - August 20th, 2022, 11:35 pm
    Bonchon is opening a NEW location in Skokie on Touhy ave on a preliminary opening date next month on Sep 15th.

    https://bonchon.com/location-details/skokie-w-touhy-ave
    5237 West Touhy Avenue, Unit 7
    Skokie, IL 60077

    Also, TSAoCAA a bubble tea and korean fried chicken restaurant is opening a location in the same strip mall as HMART in Niles on Waukegan and Oakton.

    https://www.tsaocaail.com/
    7801 North Waukegan Road,
    Niles, Illinois, IL 60714,
  • Post #247 - August 24th, 2022, 10:47 am
    Post #247 - August 24th, 2022, 10:47 am Post #247 - August 24th, 2022, 10:47 am
    Both Block Club and Eater report that The Grafton is closing Sunday after almost 20 years in Lincoln Square at 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue. Billy Lawless was one of the original owners and used the proceeds from the sale of his interest as the nucleus for starting The Gage.
  • Post #248 - August 24th, 2022, 1:31 pm
    Post #248 - August 24th, 2022, 1:31 pm Post #248 - August 24th, 2022, 1:31 pm
    La Borra Cafe is finally opening in Lakeview at 2800 N Lincoln (Lincoln and Diversey) today via Facebook post. Last week they finally removed the window coverings.

    https://www.facebook.com/10951405051516 ... /?sfnsn=mo
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #249 - August 24th, 2022, 8:48 pm
    Post #249 - August 24th, 2022, 8:48 pm Post #249 - August 24th, 2022, 8:48 pm
    A couple notes:
    1} The former Golden Chef in Wheeling finally has signage for Yu's Mandarin

    2) The reborn El Nuevo Tipico in Skokie had a "closed until further notice" sign - not confirmed by Google or their own website. Hopefully something temporary.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #250 - August 25th, 2022, 8:10 am
    Post #250 - August 25th, 2022, 8:10 am Post #250 - August 25th, 2022, 8:10 am
    The Grafton Pub & Grill, a Lincoln Square staple for nearly 20 years, is going out of business:
    https://www.thegrafton.com/latest-news
  • Post #251 - August 25th, 2022, 8:51 am
    Post #251 - August 25th, 2022, 8:51 am Post #251 - August 25th, 2022, 8:51 am
    Curious about Lizzy J Cafe at 2205 W. Montrose. They seem to be closed during their usual hours every time I drive by and some on-line reports are saying “temporarily closed.” They were always packed and were a great option for the area - hoping it is just temporary.
  • Post #252 - August 25th, 2022, 12:54 pm
    Post #252 - August 25th, 2022, 12:54 pm Post #252 - August 25th, 2022, 12:54 pm
    The Grafton Pub & Grill, a Lincoln Square staple for nearly 20 years, is going out of business:
    https://www.thegrafton.com/latest-news


    Same fate for L&M Parkside up the street. This was a bit less surprising, as it didn't seem to be a great fit for the space and neighborhood to me.
  • Post #253 - August 25th, 2022, 2:23 pm
    Post #253 - August 25th, 2022, 2:23 pm Post #253 - August 25th, 2022, 2:23 pm
    ekreider wrote: Both Block Club and Eater report that The Grafton is closing Sunday after almost 20 years in Lincoln Square at 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue. Billy Lawless was one of the original owners and used the proceeds from the sale of his interest as the nucleus for starting The Gage.
    Sigh. :cry:
    So it will have to be deleted from my bookmark page. For that, I preserve what I wrote about the address.
    My regular bookmark page wrote: This is a pub at 4530 N. Lincoln Av. It was a pub owned by ex-STING player Arno Steffenhagen back in 1984 (named "Arno's Place"), and during that year, here is where I had the craft beer epiphany. It was here one night in May 1987 when I wound up sitting next to the STING's Kenny Stern as we watched game #7 of the Major Indoor Soccer League Final between Dallas and Tacoma on its C-Band satellite television system. (Dallas won.) Then inexplicably, I did not visit here for twenty-one years, during which time it became The Grafton. The aura of the pub switched from German to Irish, but sections herein have not really changed.
    Valuable links for survival, without the monetization attempt: https://pqrs-ltd.xyz/bookmark4.html
  • Post #254 - August 25th, 2022, 5:25 pm
    Post #254 - August 25th, 2022, 5:25 pm Post #254 - August 25th, 2022, 5:25 pm
    From the restaurant Facebook post:

    End of era !

    “After nearly 25 years in the Gold Coast, Tavern on Rush will be closing its doors for good after this year on Sunday, January 1, 2023. The closure is strictly due to the end of our lease agreement with the landlord.
    We owe our decades of success to our loyal customers and hardworking staff, many of whom have been with Tavern on Rush since its inception in April of 1998. Chicagoans are invited to dine with us in the coming months to celebrate and say goodbye to the Tavern family.
    Known as the place “to see and be seen” in Chicago, Tavern quickly became a premier dining destination and a fixture on Rush Street. The contemporary steakhouse has been featured annually on the US Top 100 Independent Restaurants List.
    The last day of service for Tavern on Rush will be on New Years Eve (Saturday, December 31st).”
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #255 - August 26th, 2022, 6:07 am
    Post #255 - August 26th, 2022, 6:07 am Post #255 - August 26th, 2022, 6:07 am
    Modern Mexican restaurant Chikatana is permanently closed just over a year after its debut in one of Chicago’s hottest dining neighborhoods, according to a rep.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/8/8/2329 ... -fall-2022
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #256 - August 26th, 2022, 1:37 pm
    Post #256 - August 26th, 2022, 1:37 pm Post #256 - August 26th, 2022, 1:37 pm
    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Tao Group Hospitality have announced plans for a first-time collaboration on a private members-only club in Chicago, the companies announced Friday.
    https://www.nrn.com/casual-dining/tao-l ... ivate-club
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #257 - August 26th, 2022, 3:29 pm
    Post #257 - August 26th, 2022, 3:29 pm Post #257 - August 26th, 2022, 3:29 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Tao Group Hospitality have announced plans for a first-time collaboration on a private members-only club in Chicago, the companies announced Friday.
    https://www.nrn.com/casual-dining/tao-l ... ivate-club

    Once upon a time in early 1980s, there was a restaurant called 'On the Tao,' which I remember vividly. I am sure they are not related, though it was nice to revisit this memory.

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  • Post #258 - August 26th, 2022, 4:09 pm
    Post #258 - August 26th, 2022, 4:09 pm Post #258 - August 26th, 2022, 4:09 pm
    It was up on Morse in East Rogers Park. My wife threw a surprise birthday party for me there back in the '80s. Loved that place.

    Buddy
  • Post #259 - August 27th, 2022, 7:14 am
    Post #259 - August 27th, 2022, 7:14 am Post #259 - August 27th, 2022, 7:14 am
    Mini Mott, the Logan Square spinoff of chef Edward Kim’s Wicker Park restaurant Mott St, reopened in August under a new name, Second Generation, at 1401 N. Ashland Avenue

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/6/10/231 ... ummer-2022
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #260 - August 27th, 2022, 7:18 am
    Post #260 - August 27th, 2022, 7:18 am Post #260 - August 27th, 2022, 7:18 am
    marothisu wrote:Rakkan Ramen is opening up their first Chicago shop in Uptown near Argyle in a bit. They were just granted a building permit for the buildout and it shows up as a location now on their website coming soon. They are a ramen chain from Japan who has locations in the US in the LA area, Houston, near Atlanta, and Boulder (CO). Also opening in Las Vegas soon. Reviews of their DTLA shop look fairly promising.

    I believe they were supposed to open in 2020, but COVID....(https://rakkanramen.com/rakkan-coming-to-chicago-il/). Original plans were for 3 stores in the area, so we'll see what happens.

    Opening in the near future..
    Rakkan Ramen
    4926 N Broadway

    https://rakkanramen.com/locations/

    Open = https://chicago.eater.com/2022/6/10/231 ... ummer-2022
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #261 - August 27th, 2022, 8:10 am
    Post #261 - August 27th, 2022, 8:10 am Post #261 - August 27th, 2022, 8:10 am
    A new Sichuan spot is opening in Lakeview. They got their business license yesterday and their website is up with a menu. The menu looks to have some authentic options, so this is good. Not far away is a few other pretty good Sichuan spots in Da Mao Jia and Chengdu Impression.

    This replaces Emperor Cusine, which was a mostly American Chinese spot. Good to see another more authentic Chinese restaurant open in this area, adding to the number of them in the general area (LP/LV)

    Szechuan Corner
    2910 N Ashland Ave

    https://www.szechuancorner.com
    Last edited by marothisu on August 27th, 2022, 10:54 am, edited 1 time in total.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #262 - August 27th, 2022, 10:52 am
    Post #262 - August 27th, 2022, 10:52 am Post #262 - August 27th, 2022, 10:52 am
    In spite of what their website says, Szechuan Corner will be in Lakeview, not Lincoln Park. Diversey (2800 N) is the dividing line between Lincoln Park and Lakeview so 2910 is definitely in Lakeview. This is good news because the restaurant is near the east end of the strip of stores at the south end of a shopping center anchored by a large Jewel Osco store. Parking should be easy. For reference, La Gondola is in the same strip several storefronts west.
  • Post #263 - August 27th, 2022, 10:54 am
    Post #263 - August 27th, 2022, 10:54 am Post #263 - August 27th, 2022, 10:54 am
    ekreider wrote:In spite of what their website says, Szechuan Corner will be in Lakeview, not Lincoln Park. Diversey (2800 N) is the dividing line between Lincoln Park and Lakeview so 2910 is definitely in Lakeview. This is good news because the restaurant is near the east end of the strip of stores at the south end of a shopping center anchored by a large Jewel Osco store. Parking should be easy. For reference, La Gondola is in the same strip several storefronts west.


    Oops, you're right. Not sure why I was thinking it was south of Diversey. Will amend my post.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #264 - August 27th, 2022, 11:11 am
    Post #264 - August 27th, 2022, 11:11 am Post #264 - August 27th, 2022, 11:11 am
    You probably quoted the error in the restaurant's web site. Why they wanted to say their location is in Lincoln Park rather than Lakeview is anybody's guess. I think that emphasizing the good parking rather than the congestion and bad parking in most of Lincoln Park would be smart.
  • Post #265 - August 27th, 2022, 11:36 am
    Post #265 - August 27th, 2022, 11:36 am Post #265 - August 27th, 2022, 11:36 am
    ekreider wrote:You probably quoted the error in the restaurant's web site. Why they wanted to say their location is in Lincoln Park rather than Lakeview is anybody's guess. I think that emphasizing the good parking rather than the congestion and bad parking in most of Lincoln Park would be smart.


    Probably because LP has a growing Chinese population and has a growing number of Chinese food places now.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #266 - August 28th, 2022, 7:08 am
    Post #266 - August 28th, 2022, 7:08 am Post #266 - August 28th, 2022, 7:08 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Mini Mott, the Logan Square spinoff of chef Edward Kim’s Wicker Park restaurant Mott St, reopened in August under a new name, Second Generation, at 1401 N. Ashland Avenue

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

    Eater mixed up the addresses of two restaurants by the same team. Mott St is at 1401 N. Ashland. Second Generation pka Mini Mott is at 3057 W. Logan Blvd. Per the websites for each restaurant and, well, prior visits

    http://www.mottstreetchicago.com/
    https://eatsecondgen.com/
  • Post #267 - August 29th, 2022, 8:38 pm
    Post #267 - August 29th, 2022, 8:38 pm Post #267 - August 29th, 2022, 8:38 pm
    I passed by this place on the bus, coming soon. This location was an Alp's for a long time, then had some turnover with Danny's Egghead Diner and later Northside Kitchen.

    Irene's
    2012 W. Irving Park Rd.
    Chicago, IL 60618
    https://www.ireneschicago.com/
  • Post #268 - August 30th, 2022, 8:46 am
    Post #268 - August 30th, 2022, 8:46 am Post #268 - August 30th, 2022, 8:46 am
    There is a sign for a new restaurant called Rong Tian at the prior 2 Lanterns Café location in Lincolnwood on Touhy. I assume this restaurant is affiliated with the Japanese restaurant (Renga-Tei) by the similar name a couple doors down.

    Image

    Rong Tian
    3900 W Touhy Ave,
    Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    https://www.rongtiansushi.com/
    Last edited by polster on September 8th, 2022, 5:32 pm, edited 2 times in total.
  • Post #269 - August 30th, 2022, 11:29 am
    Post #269 - August 30th, 2022, 11:29 am Post #269 - August 30th, 2022, 11:29 am
    Excelsior noted coming soon signs for Irene's. Block Club has a good story about the new restaurant. The lead owner is the son of the original owner of Alps East and has named the restaurant after his mother. This restaurant sounds promising in terms of food quality with experienced owners who worked together at Sable and The Press Room. Breakfast and lunch
  • Post #270 - August 30th, 2022, 9:57 pm
    Post #270 - August 30th, 2022, 9:57 pm Post #270 - August 30th, 2022, 9:57 pm
    A new Cuban eatery has taken over the former Senza and Wheat's End Cafe space in Lakeview East. According to various sources online, it is open.

    Menu here: https://www.cubaneochicago.com/_files/u ... 89c66f.pdf

    Cubaneo
    2873 N Broadway
    Open Tues - Sun 9am - 9pm
    https://www.cubaneochicago.com

    773-799-8808
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing

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