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    Post #1 - June 17th, 2014, 2:53 pm
    Post #1 - June 17th, 2014, 2:53 pm Post #1 - June 17th, 2014, 2:53 pm
    I remember reading this article when they closed,
    http://www.timeout.com/chicago/food-dri ... for-long-1

    just wondering if anyone's heard anything? GL and patty's diner closing were 2 of chicagolands biggest loses imo.
    I'm not picky, I just have more tastebuds than you... ; )
  • Post #2 - June 17th, 2014, 4:43 pm
    Post #2 - June 17th, 2014, 4:43 pm Post #2 - June 17th, 2014, 4:43 pm
    Nope, they haven't opened anything up. Haven't been heard from in a year or two. New hot dog stand in their old location. Think they had enough of dealing with a rabid public for one lifetime so sadly I doubt they'll run a restaurant again.
  • Post #3 - June 17th, 2014, 5:00 pm
    Post #3 - June 17th, 2014, 5:00 pm Post #3 - June 17th, 2014, 5:00 pm
    Hopped Up wrote:Nope, they haven't opened anything up. Haven't been heard from in a year or two. New hot dog stand in their old location. Think they had enough of dealing with a rabid public for one lifetime so sadly I doubt they'll run a restaurant again.


    Pesky public.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #4 - June 17th, 2014, 9:19 pm
    Post #4 - June 17th, 2014, 9:19 pm Post #4 - June 17th, 2014, 9:19 pm
    Good pizza but they were not great hosts (says a father of a kid who not allowed to use the bathroom in the restaurant)
  • Post #5 - June 17th, 2014, 10:05 pm
    Post #5 - June 17th, 2014, 10:05 pm Post #5 - June 17th, 2014, 10:05 pm
    Sorry about the delay. I ran into Lydia at the MCA Farmers' Market a few weeks ago.

    She and Nick are doing really well. I think they have loads of creativity and will find a way to offer some more goodness at some point in the future. I told her I was elated I had figured out how to make delicious pizza at home, otherwise I would be devastated for myself instead of really happy for her & Nick.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #6 - June 18th, 2014, 9:25 am
    Post #6 - June 18th, 2014, 9:25 am Post #6 - June 18th, 2014, 9:25 am
    They should open a bakery with Natalie Zarzour and Michelle Garcia.

    :wink:
  • Post #7 - June 18th, 2014, 10:40 am
    Post #7 - June 18th, 2014, 10:40 am Post #7 - June 18th, 2014, 10:40 am
    Vitesse98 wrote:They should open a bakery with Natalie Zarzour and Michelle Garcia.

    :wink:


    You just reminded me, I need to try my hand at replicating PN's cannolo. That thing was a true wonder. I never got the right thing from Garcia, although folks I trust loved her product.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #8 - June 18th, 2014, 1:05 pm
    Post #8 - June 18th, 2014, 1:05 pm Post #8 - June 18th, 2014, 1:05 pm
    I never made it to Great Lake when they were open, but I have to ask - if they truly don't want to open another restaurant, why not at least cash in and sell the pizza recipe? Seems like they'd get the best of both worlds, not having to deal with the public anymore, but still get paid!
  • Post #9 - June 18th, 2014, 1:53 pm
    Post #9 - June 18th, 2014, 1:53 pm Post #9 - June 18th, 2014, 1:53 pm
    Ram4 wrote:I never made it to Great Lake when they were open, but I have to ask - if they truly don't want to open another restaurant, why not at least cash in and sell the pizza recipe? Seems like they'd get the best of both worlds, not having to deal with the public anymore, but still get paid!

    Doubt there is some secret recipe that can't be found in any halfway decent bread baking cookbook. Thing is, great bread is time consuming and not practical for 95% of the pizzerias out there.
  • Post #10 - June 18th, 2014, 1:57 pm
    Post #10 - June 18th, 2014, 1:57 pm Post #10 - June 18th, 2014, 1:57 pm
    Still prefer Spacca Napoli's Neapolitan over Great Lake's Neapolitan-esque.
  • Post #11 - June 18th, 2014, 2:22 pm
    Post #11 - June 18th, 2014, 2:22 pm Post #11 - June 18th, 2014, 2:22 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Still prefer Spacca Napoli's Neapolitan over Great Lake's Neapolitan-esque.


    I love both + GNRs Coal Fire, V & N, & Marie's. They are/were different.
    Last edited by pairs4life on June 21st, 2014, 2:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #12 - June 18th, 2014, 3:12 pm
    Post #12 - June 18th, 2014, 3:12 pm Post #12 - June 18th, 2014, 3:12 pm
    pairs4life wrote:
    spinynorman99 wrote:Still prefer Spacca Napoli's Neapolitan over Great Lake's Neapolitan-esque.


    I love both + GNR's Coal Fire, V & N, & Marie's. They are/were different.


    Realistically, I'll take any pizza, even Totino's (on a rare occasion), but I didn't get the Great Lakes hype. It was a very good pizza, but not the "best."
  • Post #13 - June 18th, 2014, 3:43 pm
    Post #13 - June 18th, 2014, 3:43 pm Post #13 - June 18th, 2014, 3:43 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:I didn't get the Great Lakes hype. It was a very good pizza, but not the "best."


    I loved the crust. Thought it was outstanding, but I couldn't tolerate the owners' nonsense.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #14 - June 21st, 2014, 11:51 am
    Post #14 - June 21st, 2014, 11:51 am Post #14 - June 21st, 2014, 11:51 am
    mhill95149 wrote:Good pizza but they were not great hosts (says a father of a kid who not allowed to use the bathroom in the restaurant)


    The restaurant that currently occupies the space has a prominent sign that there are no public restrooms.
  • Post #15 - June 21st, 2014, 3:56 pm
    Post #15 - June 21st, 2014, 3:56 pm Post #15 - June 21st, 2014, 3:56 pm
    Darren72 wrote:
    mhill95149 wrote:Good pizza but they were not great hosts (says a father of a kid who not allowed to use the bathroom in the restaurant)


    The restaurant that currently occupies the space has a prominent sign that there are no public restrooms.


    My understanding of signs like this is that they mean the restaurant doesn't open its restrooms to members of the public who are not customers. Not that the restaurant denies restroom access to customers and their families.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #16 - June 21st, 2014, 9:17 pm
    Post #16 - June 21st, 2014, 9:17 pm Post #16 - June 21st, 2014, 9:17 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Still prefer Spacca Napoli's Neapolitan over Great Lake's Neapolitan-esque.


    Gotta put a plug in for some NW side love & Forno Rosso. I maintain they're superior to Spacca Napoli and the best crust I've had since Great Lake. Not surpasing GL, mind you, but damn close.
  • Post #17 - June 22nd, 2014, 5:49 am
    Post #17 - June 22nd, 2014, 5:49 am Post #17 - June 22nd, 2014, 5:49 am
    And they did it with a gas oven, which is remarkable.
  • Post #18 - June 22nd, 2014, 7:01 am
    Post #18 - June 22nd, 2014, 7:01 am Post #18 - June 22nd, 2014, 7:01 am
    ld111134 wrote:And they did it with a gas oven, which is remarkable.


    And a 6 min plus bake time.
  • Post #19 - June 22nd, 2014, 10:14 pm
    Post #19 - June 22nd, 2014, 10:14 pm Post #19 - June 22nd, 2014, 10:14 pm
    riddlemay wrote:
    Darren72 wrote:
    mhill95149 wrote:Good pizza but they were not great hosts (says a father of a kid who not allowed to use the bathroom in the restaurant)


    The restaurant that currently occupies the space has a prominent sign that there are no public restrooms.


    My understanding of signs like this is that they mean the restaurant doesn't open its restrooms to members of the public who are not customers. Not that the restaurant denies restroom access to customers and their families.


    There's actually no way to get back to the bathroom at the new hot dog place so there's no restroom for customers. People have to go to Taste of Heaven, Einstein's or somewhere else if they need facilities while dining there.
  • Post #20 - January 20th, 2017, 7:47 am
    Post #20 - January 20th, 2017, 7:47 am Post #20 - January 20th, 2017, 7:47 am
    A passing mention by Santander in the Blaze Pizza thread reminded me: have we ever heard from Lydia and Nick again? Seems like they completely vanished. :cry:
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #21 - August 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm
    Post #21 - August 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm Post #21 - August 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm
    I'm friends with them. Lydia recently told me "Often we reminisce about our customers, and miss being open in Chicago."
  • Post #22 - August 16th, 2018, 1:15 pm
    Post #22 - August 16th, 2018, 1:15 pm Post #22 - August 16th, 2018, 1:15 pm
    Chitown B wrote:I'm friends with them. Lydia recently told me "Often we reminisce about our customers, and miss being open in Chicago."


    Are they still ITB?
  • Post #23 - August 16th, 2018, 1:49 pm
    Post #23 - August 16th, 2018, 1:49 pm Post #23 - August 16th, 2018, 1:49 pm
    Chitown B wrote:I'm friends with them. Lydia recently told me "Often we reminisce about our customers, and miss being open in Chicago."

    We miss their pizza, the owners, not so much.

    I do wish them well!
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #24 - August 16th, 2018, 2:02 pm
    Post #24 - August 16th, 2018, 2:02 pm Post #24 - August 16th, 2018, 2:02 pm
    Chitown B wrote:Lydia recently told me "Often we reminisce about our customers, and miss being open in Chicago."

    In the immortal words of Joni Mitchell . . .

    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got
    Till it's gone


    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #25 - August 16th, 2018, 3:21 pm
    Post #25 - August 16th, 2018, 3:21 pm Post #25 - August 16th, 2018, 3:21 pm
    Al Ehrhardt wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:I'm friends with them. Lydia recently told me "Often we reminisce about our customers, and miss being open in Chicago."


    Are they still ITB?


    They are doing other things. They're very nice people, and got a bad reputation from (sometimes warranted) impatience of customers and their popularity.

    Think if your local trinket shop, who just opened it for the love of it, started getting swarmed by 50 people at once, daily?

    Anyway, no news. Just wanted to follow up.
  • Post #26 - August 17th, 2018, 7:47 pm
    Post #26 - August 17th, 2018, 7:47 pm Post #26 - August 17th, 2018, 7:47 pm
    I don't get it. They were named the best in the country for pizza. They closed for personal reasons which I understand. But are they really going to just sit on their recipe for the pizza and take it to their grave? No interest to cash in on it? Just wondering.
  • Post #27 - August 17th, 2018, 9:20 pm
    Post #27 - August 17th, 2018, 9:20 pm Post #27 - August 17th, 2018, 9:20 pm
    I also consider Nick and Lydia friends. I think they wouldn’t mind me saying that Great Lake was never about cashing in. I don’t believe that was ever their intention.
  • Post #28 - August 17th, 2018, 11:59 pm
    Post #28 - August 17th, 2018, 11:59 pm Post #28 - August 17th, 2018, 11:59 pm
    robert40 wrote:I also consider Nick and Lydia friends. I think they wouldn’t mind me saying that Great Lake was never about cashing in. I don’t believe that was ever their intention.

    Yeah, in a space that small, I don't see how they could have possibly "cashed in" even if they wanted to. It just wasn't scalable. And as much as it's amusing to poke fun at them for their occasionally gruff manner with customers, I can say with certainty that I wouldn't have been any better at it. There's a reason -- several, in fact -- why they don't let me talk to the customers anymore at my job.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #29 - August 18th, 2018, 5:36 am
    Post #29 - August 18th, 2018, 5:36 am Post #29 - August 18th, 2018, 5:36 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    robert40 wrote:I also consider Nick and Lydia friends. I think they wouldn’t mind me saying that Great Lake was never about cashing in. I don’t believe that was ever their intention.

    Yeah, in a space that small, I don't see how they could have possibly "cashed in" even if they wanted to. It just wasn't scalable. And as much as it's amusing to poke fun at them for their occasionally gruff manner with customers, I can say with certainty that I wouldn't have been any better at it. There's a reason -- several, in fact -- why they don't let me talk to the customers anymore at my job.

    =R=

    Boom! I can’t agree more.
  • Post #30 - August 18th, 2018, 3:35 pm
    Post #30 - August 18th, 2018, 3:35 pm Post #30 - August 18th, 2018, 3:35 pm
    They didn’t have to be grumpy and rude to the customers.

    Think Hot Doug’s in his heyday. Lines down the block.

    He managed to deal with the crowds and still be an awesome host.

    It is a cop out to blame the customers.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat

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