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  • Post #121 - February 20th, 2024, 11:33 am
    Post #121 - February 20th, 2024, 11:33 am Post #121 - February 20th, 2024, 11:33 am
    Calumet Fisheries Aims To Reopen By Spring After ‘Extensive’ Damage From Fire
    Repairs to the famed, century-old seafood spot following a fire last fall could be done by early April, staffers said this week.


    https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/02/20 ... ember-fire
  • Post #122 - February 20th, 2024, 12:29 pm
    Post #122 - February 20th, 2024, 12:29 pm Post #122 - February 20th, 2024, 12:29 pm
    incite wrote:
    Calumet Fisheries Aims To Reopen By Spring After ‘Extensive’ Damage From Fire
    Repairs to the famed, century-old seafood spot following a fire last fall could be done by early April, staffers said this week.


    https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/02/20 ... ember-fire

    Good news!

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #123 - February 20th, 2024, 1:52 pm
    Post #123 - February 20th, 2024, 1:52 pm Post #123 - February 20th, 2024, 1:52 pm
    I'm pleasantly surprised at how fast the reconstruction is moving along...usually just getting insurance companies to cooperate could take this long, then finding a contractor, and these days especially, dealing with the supply chain to replace all the equipment. When it happened, I would have predicted mid-summer as the soonest they'd be back.

    Seems like they're keeping the exterior appearance as close to what it was as possible. They've been posting updates throughout the process on their Facebook page, and when they posted photos of the finished siding last week, they confirmed the replacement letters for the iconic signage on the west side of the building are on order, so hopefully it'll stay close to the original.

    Looking forward to being able to sit on the picnic table next to the bridge to eat my smoked shrimp and fried scallops in nice spring weather (or more likely, inside my car as rain pours down!) shortly after they reopen.
  • Post #124 - March 4th, 2024, 8:25 am
    Post #124 - March 4th, 2024, 8:25 am Post #124 - March 4th, 2024, 8:25 am
    A Calumet Fisheries Regular Is Recreating The Seafood Shack’s Iconic Signs

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2024/03/04 ... nic-signs/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #125 - March 7th, 2024, 5:20 pm
    Post #125 - March 7th, 2024, 5:20 pm Post #125 - March 7th, 2024, 5:20 pm
    I wonder if these places curing, smoking and resting rooms, develop bacteria over the years that add flavor, umami or whatever you want to call it?
    At a minimum I hope the materials and coatings are as natural as possible and that they have some plan to pre heat and let these materials outgas before selling product.
    I have a friend who is a fish smoker and he very much wants to go with me to Calumet.
    -Richard
  • Post #126 - March 7th, 2024, 5:35 pm
    Post #126 - March 7th, 2024, 5:35 pm Post #126 - March 7th, 2024, 5:35 pm
    budrichard wrote:I wonder if these places curing, smoking and resting rooms, develop bacteria over the years that add flavor, umami or whatever you want to call it?
    At a minimum I hope the materials and coatings are as natural as possible and that they have some plan to pre heat and let these materials outgas before selling product.
    I have a friend who is a fish smoker and he very much wants to go with me to Calumet.
    -Richard


    Absolutely yes. Think wine cask or cheese cave. But it was the store that burned, not the smokehouse which is intact.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #127 - April 18th, 2024, 11:40 am
    Post #127 - April 18th, 2024, 11:40 am Post #127 - April 18th, 2024, 11:40 am
    Has anyone been since they re-opened?
    I was thinking of going this weekend.
  • Post #128 - April 18th, 2024, 12:19 pm
    Post #128 - April 18th, 2024, 12:19 pm Post #128 - April 18th, 2024, 12:19 pm
    donut57 wrote:Has anyone been since they re-opened?
    I was thinking of going this weekend.

    I don't think they've reopened yet. Last week, they were waiting on the installation of their refrigerated display cases.
    -Mary
  • Post #129 - April 18th, 2024, 1:03 pm
    Post #129 - April 18th, 2024, 1:03 pm Post #129 - April 18th, 2024, 1:03 pm
    oooh... thanks. I heard wrong.
  • Post #130 - May 23rd, 2024, 3:49 pm
    Post #130 - May 23rd, 2024, 3:49 pm Post #130 - May 23rd, 2024, 3:49 pm
    The iconic red-roofed shack should reopen in early June at 3259 E. 95th Street, much to the relief of its fans who stop in to check on the proceedings beside the 95th Street Bridge.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2024/5/23/241 ... y-bourdain
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #131 - June 6th, 2024, 4:38 pm
    Post #131 - June 6th, 2024, 4:38 pm Post #131 - June 6th, 2024, 4:38 pm
    First look: Calumet Fisheries reopening on Saturday after fire: ‘It’s been a stressful six months’ in Chicago Tribune.
    “We had an electrical fire,” said Mark Kotlick, president of the family-owned takeout business in the South Deering neighborhood, perhaps best known for its smoked fish and fried shrimp. The fire broke out around 1 p.m., but no one was injured. “We had a mass response from the fire department, about a block away from us, with 10 firetrucks, 40 or 50 firemen, and they were able to save the structure, but pretty much the entire interior and all the equipment was destroyed.”

    The smokehouse itself, however, was not touched.

    “It’s kind of funny when you put a fire into a building and it stays OK,” Kotlick said. “But yeah, that little structure’s been with us for close to 100 years now.”

    The smokehouse still stands just outside the restaurant, next to the 95th Street bridge overlooking the Calumet River, across from the new kitchen door.

    “Everything’s new,” Kotlick said about the interior. “We had 100-year-old walk-ins, with wooden doors and wooden walls, and now I’ve got the new energy-efficient stainless steel walk-in coolers.”

    They did not expand, though, and there’s still no seating inside.

    “Because we own the building, but not the land,” he added. “So we cannot expand on the footprint of the building.” They did conform to Chicago building codes, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for accessibility. “Our washroom was probably smaller than an RV washroom originally, but now it’s beautiful and wheelchair accessible.”
    Manager Javier Magallanes will fire up the smokehouse with their traditional oak logs to smoke shrimp, then he’ll smoke fish early on Saturday.
    ...
    “And we should have the smoked fish out by I’m going to say anywhere between 1 and 2 o’clock,” Kotlick said. And breaded shrimp, frog legs, smelt, oysters and scallops will be waiting to be fried to order, he added.
    ...
    Calumet Fisheries will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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