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  • Post #511 - May 18th, 2016, 9:54 am
    Post #511 - May 18th, 2016, 9:54 am Post #511 - May 18th, 2016, 9:54 am
    Oh, I think many things are sad about this story:
    --many people lost their jobs
    --each restaurant offered something to its neighborhood and anytime a successful restaurant closes, the neighborhood suffers some bit of economic downturn
    --and (selfishly) each of us lost access to some pretty good food
    "The only thing I have to eat is Yoo-hoo and Cocoa puffs so if you want anything else, you have to bring it with you."
  • Post #512 - May 18th, 2016, 11:15 am
    Post #512 - May 18th, 2016, 11:15 am Post #512 - May 18th, 2016, 11:15 am
    Diannie wrote:Oh, I think many things are sad about this story:
    --many people lost their jobs
    --each restaurant offered something to its neighborhood and anytime a successful restaurant closes, the neighborhood suffers some bit of economic downturn
    --and (selfishly) each of us lost access to some pretty good food


    Except there are no reports of any closings--he sold off properties but none of those remaining in his group have closed or appear to be closing. I suppose that could change but guessing they'd sell them off v. just closing up.

    The sad thing for me is that the ones he sold are definitely different, by varying degrees--and that might continue to happen if he has to divest the rest of them. But that's speculation at this point.
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  • Post #513 - May 24th, 2016, 8:47 am
    Post #513 - May 24th, 2016, 8:47 am Post #513 - May 24th, 2016, 8:47 am
    Tony Hu enters guilty plea. It runs to over 20 pages, accepts a 33-41-month prison term, and admits to $9M in unreported earnings, but he'll pay back over $1M in Illinois taxes.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #514 - December 18th, 2018, 6:26 am
    Post #514 - December 18th, 2018, 6:26 am Post #514 - December 18th, 2018, 6:26 am
    I have to pick up a friend in Downers Grove this weekend and travel south of Chicago.
    On the way back I would like to order take out from Lao Sze Chuan in Downers Grove and would appreciate any comments on the quality of the food at this location recently.
    Thanks for any replies.-Richard
  • Post #515 - December 18th, 2018, 8:24 am
    Post #515 - December 18th, 2018, 8:24 am Post #515 - December 18th, 2018, 8:24 am
    budrichard wrote:On the way back I would like to order take out from Lao Sze Chuan in Downers Grove
    While I have not an inkling as to the current quality at LSC in DG I do know that Downers Grove is adjacent to Westmont, home of Katy's Dumpling House
    GNR Thread ----> Link
    Main Katy's thread -----> Link
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  • Post #516 - December 19th, 2018, 10:19 am
    Post #516 - December 19th, 2018, 10:19 am Post #516 - December 19th, 2018, 10:19 am
    budrichard wrote:I have to pick up a friend in Downers Grove this weekend and travel south of Chicago.
    On the way back I would like to order take out from Lao Sze Chuan in Downers Grove and would appreciate any comments on the quality of the food at this location recently.
    Thanks for any replies.-Richard


    I have eaten there with my parents twice, and although the last time was last year, I'd say the quality is comparable to the Chinatown location. The crack chicken makes me cry tears of pain and joy in equal measure.
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  • Post #517 - May 28th, 2019, 7:45 pm
    Post #517 - May 28th, 2019, 7:45 pm Post #517 - May 28th, 2019, 7:45 pm
    I ate their last week after not going for a couple of years. It was barely 1/4 full of diners. The three-chili chicken was fatty and stringy and just had a weird texture, and the meat was very dark. The sweet and sour sauce for the egg rolls had a bad taste, a strange color, almost with notes of Pepto-Bismol was the only thing that came to mind (probably perception because of the weird pink color). We left a ton of food, none of which we wanted wrapped up to go. Just terrible. The woman that used to work the register and anyone else who was once familiar there was gone. Panda Express would be a better option. Never going back, which is really disappointing, as this was our favorite place.
  • Post #518 - July 18th, 2019, 7:28 am
    Post #518 - July 18th, 2019, 7:28 am Post #518 - July 18th, 2019, 7:28 am
    Lao Sze Chuan Chinese restaurant held a ribbon-cutting and opening recently as one of the first places to open in the new Pacifica Square development at New York Street and Route 59 in Aurora.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #519 - July 18th, 2019, 9:02 am
    Post #519 - July 18th, 2019, 9:02 am Post #519 - July 18th, 2019, 9:02 am
    saps wrote:Panda Express would be a better option.

    You may want to rethink that statement. ------> Link
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #520 - December 25th, 2019, 4:52 pm
    Post #520 - December 25th, 2019, 4:52 pm Post #520 - December 25th, 2019, 4:52 pm
    After discovering that my new fave on Cermak- JMC Szechuan Road in Chinatown- is CLOSED on TUESDAYS- :cry: we simply kept the Parking Space, and
    navigated our way to our old mainstay-
    Lao Sze Chuan.

    I'd like to share that Lao Sze Chuan's still serving their
    Lunch Special menu (Who-Knew??!) available upon request)
    and that the Fish Filet in Spicy Sauce and The Three Chili Chicken were BOTH -Outstanding and as good as ever!

    Add in the fact that "Tommy" :wink: - the gravelly-voiced-gregarious-Host-With-The-Most is still- there- shilling the wayward Chinese eaters into Tony's eatery.
    Like the infamous TIMEX watch advertisements....- it may "take-a-lickin'- but- STILL-keeps-on-tickin'"

    Also- finally- Tony dispelled with those Phillipe Staark -designed-
    Clear Polycarbonate Chairs which were 'bout-as comfortable
    as a 3-legged-Milking-Stool-inna-cold-Wisconsin-Barn-
    On-the 12th night of-February.
    A modified Hans Wegner-esque chair show ol' Tony's still got
    good Design intents in mind-
    and will apply that taste to please his customers- posteriors!
  • Post #521 - February 10th, 2020, 11:17 am
    Post #521 - February 10th, 2020, 11:17 am Post #521 - February 10th, 2020, 11:17 am
    Signs in the window indicate that Lao Sze Chuan is opening a location at 614 S. Wabash in the Sloop. This continues the string of Chinese places opening in the area, but this is the furthest North I'm aware of other than the dumpling spot in the Loop itself. I have no way of knowing which of the Laos are Tony owned or franchised or a completely separate operation, but his picture is on the signs.

    http://www.sloopin.com/2020/02/lao-sze- ... atown.html
  • Post #522 - February 13th, 2020, 12:57 pm
    Post #522 - February 13th, 2020, 12:57 pm Post #522 - February 13th, 2020, 12:57 pm
    Tony Hu Continues Comeback With Plans for Lao Sze Chuans in South Loop and Suburbs

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/2/13/211 ... hland-park
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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