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  • Post #421 - October 22nd, 2019, 4:39 pm
    Post #421 - October 22nd, 2019, 4:39 pm Post #421 - October 22nd, 2019, 4:39 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Coming to Highwood:
    Papa Willie’s BBQ - 148 Green Bay Road

    Open
    https://www.papawilliesbbq.com/
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #422 - October 22nd, 2019, 5:36 pm
    Post #422 - October 22nd, 2019, 5:36 pm Post #422 - October 22nd, 2019, 5:36 pm
    Hi,

    From their posted hours, either they have a soft opening or you need to wait until Thursday. I will pass by in a few minutes, I will update.

    Th-Mon: 4p–9p

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #423 - October 22nd, 2019, 6:05 pm
    Post #423 - October 22nd, 2019, 6:05 pm Post #423 - October 22nd, 2019, 6:05 pm
    Per their Facebook posts Th - Mon is their regular schedule. Hard opening was Sunday.

    Note that despite their claims of serving “barbecue in its truest fashion”, they don’t. The ribs are strictly grilled and they make a point of claiming “no smoke”. On the good hand, they also brag about no “fall off the bone”.

    This doesn’t mean it won’t tase good, but it ain’t no BBQ.
  • Post #424 - October 23rd, 2019, 2:31 pm
    Post #424 - October 23rd, 2019, 2:31 pm Post #424 - October 23rd, 2019, 2:31 pm
    I drove past over the weekend, but it looks like The Churro Waffle has reopened after a fire.

    The Churro Waffle
    2845 West Irving Park Road
    Chicago, IL 60618
    http://thechurrowaffle.com/
  • Post #425 - October 23rd, 2019, 8:39 pm
    Post #425 - October 23rd, 2019, 8:39 pm Post #425 - October 23rd, 2019, 8:39 pm
    jacketpotato wrote:I drove past over the weekend, but it looks like The Churro Waffle has reopened after a fire.

    The Churro Waffle
    2845 West Irving Park Road
    Chicago, IL 60618
    http://thechurrowaffle.com/


    Might be a soft reopen? They just posted on Facebook that the grand reopening is Mon 10/28. Either way, I'm so stoked.
    "If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it." - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls
  • Post #426 - October 24th, 2019, 10:57 am
    Post #426 - October 24th, 2019, 10:57 am Post #426 - October 24th, 2019, 10:57 am
    scottsol wrote:Per their Facebook posts Th - Mon is their regular schedule. Hard opening was Sunday.

    Note that despite their claims of serving “barbecue in its truest fashion”, they don’t. The ribs are strictly grilled and they make a point of claiming “no smoke”. On the good hand, they also brag about no “fall off the bone”.

    This doesn’t mean it won’t tase good, but it ain’t no BBQ.
    I posted about this before. They are basing their business on the old Babyback in Northbrook which was pretty much broasted chicken, ribs and shrimp. Very simple menu that people around here usually are ok with if they know they like the food. It's the suburban "BBQ" of my youth - no smoke, just a grill and sauce. Not my preferred way to have it, but if it's good it will be a welcome addition.
  • Post #427 - October 24th, 2019, 1:53 pm
    Post #427 - October 24th, 2019, 1:53 pm Post #427 - October 24th, 2019, 1:53 pm
    B Side Burger at 3734 W. Irving Park (the old Bread & Wine space) has closed. Reported as closed on Yelp and the Six Corners Facebook group. They opened in November 2018.
  • Post #428 - October 24th, 2019, 2:59 pm
    Post #428 - October 24th, 2019, 2:59 pm Post #428 - October 24th, 2019, 2:59 pm
    Telegram Sam wrote:B Side Burger at 3734 W. Irving Park (the old Bread & Wine space) has closed. Reported as closed on Yelp and the Six Corners Facebook group. They opened in November 2018.

    Sorry to see a local business go, but all the same not surprised. The ambiance was a step above your average corner burger and dog joint; unfortunately so were the prices but not the food.
  • Post #429 - October 28th, 2019, 6:04 am
    Post #429 - October 28th, 2019, 6:04 am Post #429 - October 28th, 2019, 6:04 am
    Ram4 wrote:On the fast food front:

    ...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened their fourth Chicagoland location last month in Lake Zurich on US 12(Rand Rd).

    Now a fifth...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    556 E N Ave, Glendale Heights

    Smashburgers. A friend visited. Burger, good! Chicago Style Hotdog? Not so. Skinless. Maybe their Coney?

    4A31D990-7E81-4419-A847-CFCA6C73405B.jpeg Photo from a friend

    Giving Culver’s a run for the money?
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #430 - October 28th, 2019, 7:29 am
    Post #430 - October 28th, 2019, 7:29 am Post #430 - October 28th, 2019, 7:29 am
    Classic China, at Wolf & Camp MacDonald in Wheeling has closed - For Rent sign out front.
    They were never great, but they were the closest to my house for a soup-fried-rice-egg-roll-and-gloppy-stuff lunch special.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #431 - October 28th, 2019, 12:11 pm
    Post #431 - October 28th, 2019, 12:11 pm Post #431 - October 28th, 2019, 12:11 pm
    Makisu Sushi Lounge & Grill in Skokie is temporarily closed according to the restaurant website:
    "We are Closed due to a fire in the kitchen, we apologize for the inconvenience. We will re-open as soon as possible. Thank You."

    Makisu Sushi Lounge & Grill
    7150 Carpenter Rd, Skokie, IL 60077
    https://makisusushitogo.com/

    Image
  • Post #432 - October 28th, 2019, 5:04 pm
    Post #432 - October 28th, 2019, 5:04 pm Post #432 - October 28th, 2019, 5:04 pm
    Not quite an opening yet, but driving out Dempster toward O'Hare, I've been passing and watching the construction progress at the new Al Bawadi in Niles. I called the Bridgeview location, and was told the Niles location "will open in about a month."

    Al Bawadi Grill
    8501 Dempster St.
    Niles, IL
  • Post #433 - October 28th, 2019, 7:12 pm
    Post #433 - October 28th, 2019, 7:12 pm Post #433 - October 28th, 2019, 7:12 pm
    I've been working on this map for the last week or so. It is new food establishments for 2019, based on license issuances for food establishments. Only for the city of Chicago - no suburbs (yet).

    This could be a formal sit down restaurant or hole in the wall with barely any seats to a pizza delivery place. I did include some food markets (a lot of bodega type of markets on the West and South Side), but I did not include places like The Dollar Store or gas stations. Also some places went under new management, but did not close - those weren't included and neither were places that have already closed (a handful of places).

    I'm sure it's not totally perfect, but I'm hoping it'll be of use to some people. It's hard to keep up with openings all over the city and there are definitely some interesting ones here that probably haven't been talked about. If you click on each marker, it'll tell you the name of the establishment, type of food, website (if any), etc.

    I'll be updating this most days as the new license information comes out every Tuesday through Saturday morning.

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 00004&z=11

    Legend:
    * Blue = restaurant/standard food establishment
    * Green = Coffee shop/cafe
    * Purple = Dessert, Bakery
    * Red = Food Market
    * Black = Unknown

    Also, some of the dessert places could have more than just dessert as food. A great example of this are the La Michoacana ice cream places that seem to be popping up in a large handful of neighborhoods in town. It is mostly dessert but they also serve some Mexican type of food.
  • Post #434 - October 30th, 2019, 6:08 am
    Post #434 - October 30th, 2019, 6:08 am Post #434 - October 30th, 2019, 6:08 am
    Fast casual Middle Eastern-style spot Falafill announced plans for a new suburban location at 1428 N. Meacham Road in Schaumburg in a Facebook post today. Its Lakeview location closed in 2016 after six years in the neighborhood.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2019/10/1/208 ... ood-report
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #435 - October 30th, 2019, 7:26 am
    Post #435 - October 30th, 2019, 7:26 am Post #435 - October 30th, 2019, 7:26 am
    marothisu wrote:I've been working on this map for the last week or so. It is new food establishments for 2019, based on license issuances for food establishments. Only for the city of Chicago - no suburbs (yet).
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 00004&z=11
    Suggestion: Mods, place this somewhere more people will both see and its easier to find in the future. Great resource marothisu, thank you for the effort.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #436 - October 30th, 2019, 11:58 am
    Post #436 - October 30th, 2019, 11:58 am Post #436 - October 30th, 2019, 11:58 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    marothisu wrote:I've been working on this map for the last week or so. It is new food establishments for 2019, based on license issuances for food establishments. Only for the city of Chicago - no suburbs (yet).
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 00004&z=11
    Suggestion: Mods, place this somewhere more people will both see and its easier to find in the future. Great resource marothisu, thank you for the effort.

    Yes, an outstanding resource! Thanks, marothisu, for the sharing this here.

    Per your suggestion, Gary, we've created a new thread here:

    2019 Openings, Closings, Comings & Goings - Map by marothisu

    =R=
    for the Moderators
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

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

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #437 - October 30th, 2019, 12:29 pm
    Post #437 - October 30th, 2019, 12:29 pm Post #437 - October 30th, 2019, 12:29 pm
    This is where the map link takes me.
    3EEAC614-533F-4693-917D-760D050BE663.jpeg
  • Post #438 - October 30th, 2019, 12:34 pm
    Post #438 - October 30th, 2019, 12:34 pm Post #438 - October 30th, 2019, 12:34 pm
    scottsol wrote:This is where the map link takes me.

    The link is now fixed. Thanks, Scott.

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

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

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #439 - October 30th, 2019, 6:17 pm
    Post #439 - October 30th, 2019, 6:17 pm Post #439 - October 30th, 2019, 6:17 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:On the fast food front:

    ...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened their fourth Chicagoland location last month in Lake Zurich on US 12(Rand Rd).

    Now a fifth...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    556 E N Ave, Glendale Heights

    Smashburgers. A friend visited. Burger, good! Chicago Style Hotdog? Not so. Skinless. Maybe their Coney?

    4A31D990-7E81-4419-A847-CFCA6C73405B.jpeg

    Giving Culver’s a run for the money?

    Went to the Glendale Heights location on Tuesday. Totally agree on the dog had all the necessary accoutrements Mustard, onions, relish, pickles, tomatoes, sports and celery salt, downside skinless Vienna beef dogs, toasted split top bun that fell apart. I Really liked the original double, the totally crispy edges reminded me of Schoop's The fries while frozen were shoe strings which are my favorite frozen fries. They also had "Fry Sauce" which I really liked it had a hint of Thousand Island with both regular and Jalapeno.
    Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen
  • Post #440 - October 30th, 2019, 7:13 pm
    Post #440 - October 30th, 2019, 7:13 pm Post #440 - October 30th, 2019, 7:13 pm
    It looks like Turkitch, the ever increasing popular Turkish bakery, cafe, etc in Lakeview has opened up in the French Market downtown per a Facebook post of theirs. I believe they are also planning on opening in Rafaello hotel in Gold Coast or maybe it's already there.

    https://www.facebook.com/Turkitch.USA/p ... 0907611783

    For those of you who do not know, the French Market is located at 131 N Clinton St.

    Steve Dolinsky of ABC7 did a feature on them the other day and mentions they have plans to open up 5 more locations.

    https://abc7chicago.com/food/traditiona ... Z6QoUSf9z8

    G Wiv wrote:Yes, an outstanding resource! Thanks, marothisu, for the sharing this here.


    ronnie_suburban wrote:Per your suggestion, Gary, we've created a new thread here:

    2019 Openings, Closings, Comings & Goings - Map by marothisu

    =R=
    for the Moderators


    Thanks guys! I greatly appreciate it. Truly daunting to keep track of all openings in a city like Chicago where new places are opening up every single day - many that never get any media press. Even stuff close to downtown like that new Cameroonian restaurant in South Loop which is probably the only Cameroonian restaurant in the entire city (?).
  • Post #441 - October 31st, 2019, 4:20 pm
    Post #441 - October 31st, 2019, 4:20 pm Post #441 - October 31st, 2019, 4:20 pm
    1) Ella's BBQ opened today at 723 W Armitage in Lincoln Park, close to Halsted announced via their Facebook page. They got their business license issued yesterday. This is from the owners of Earl's Drive-Thru BBQ and Lokal

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... 3617188637

    Ella's BBQ
    723 W Armitage Ave
    (312) 526-3271
    https://www.facebook.com/Ellas-BBQ-108553617188637

    2) Phodega, a new Vietnamese place in Wicker Park, announced on Facebook today that it will have its grand opening next Friday, November 8. They'll also serve Hainese style chicken rice and have some smoothies and milk tea

    https://www.facebook.com/phodega/photos ... =3&theater

    Phodega
    1547 N Ashland Ave (near North Ave)
    https://www.phodega.com
    (Opening November 8 )
  • Post #442 - November 1st, 2019, 1:38 pm
    Post #442 - November 1st, 2019, 1:38 pm Post #442 - November 1st, 2019, 1:38 pm
    JoelF wrote:Classic China, at Wolf & Camp MacDonald in Wheeling has closed - For Rent sign out front.
    They were never great, but they were the closest to my house for a soup-fried-rice-egg-roll-and-gloppy-stuff lunch special.


    Was there a phone number on the for rent sign by any chance?
  • Post #443 - November 2nd, 2019, 8:55 am
    Post #443 - November 2nd, 2019, 8:55 am Post #443 - November 2nd, 2019, 8:55 am
    Dave148 wrote:Imperial Lamian opening Phat Phat with Shanghai dumplings and Taiwanese ice in Schaumburg
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html

    Open
    17 S. Roselle Rd.
    Schaumburg
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #444 - November 2nd, 2019, 10:34 am
    Post #444 - November 2nd, 2019, 10:34 am Post #444 - November 2nd, 2019, 10:34 am
    The Spice House on Wells has reopened after closing due to a fire and remodeling the space. It's a soft opening so they don't have everything available yet.
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #445 - November 2nd, 2019, 12:12 pm
    Post #445 - November 2nd, 2019, 12:12 pm Post #445 - November 2nd, 2019, 12:12 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:On the fast food front:

    ...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened their fourth Chicagoland location last month in Lake Zurich on US 12(Rand Rd).

    Now a fifth...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    556 E N Ave, Glendale Heights

    Smashburgers. A friend visited. Burger, good! Chicago Style Hotdog? Not so. Skinless. Maybe their Coney?

    4A31D990-7E81-4419-A847-CFCA6C73405B.jpeg

    Giving Culver’s a run for the money?

    " I am pretty sure I know the friend (not sure why the picture didn't post)
    Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen
  • Post #446 - November 2nd, 2019, 5:58 pm
    Post #446 - November 2nd, 2019, 5:58 pm Post #446 - November 2nd, 2019, 5:58 pm
    GOTACOGO wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Classic China, at Wolf & Camp MacDonald in Wheeling has closed - For Rent sign out front.
    They were never great, but they were the closest to my house for a soup-fried-rice-egg-roll-and-gloppy-stuff lunch special.


    Was there a phone number on the for rent sign by any chance?

    Didn't notice. I'll try to stop by soon. Looking for space?
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #447 - November 2nd, 2019, 9:18 pm
    Post #447 - November 2nd, 2019, 9:18 pm Post #447 - November 2nd, 2019, 9:18 pm
    Appears a Park to Shop has replaced the sagging Asian grocery at 4579 N Broadway. I have not been but if its half as good as the one on Wallace it will be a gem.

    Park to shop Supermarket
    4879 N Broadway
    773-334-3838
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #448 - November 3rd, 2019, 6:54 am
    Post #448 - November 3rd, 2019, 6:54 am Post #448 - November 3rd, 2019, 6:54 am
    G Wiv wrote:Appears a Park to Shop has replaced the sagging Asian grocery at 4579 N Broadway. I have not been but if its half as good as the one on Wallace it will be a gem.

    Park to shop Supermarket
    4879 N Broadway
    773-334-3838


    They are also taking over the former Win Sing Supermarket aka Richwell Market at 1835 S Canal St across the river from Chinatown (which in a few years that area across the river closer to Cermak will probably become an extension of Chinatown ... :) ).
  • Post #449 - November 5th, 2019, 10:10 am
    Post #449 - November 5th, 2019, 10:10 am Post #449 - November 5th, 2019, 10:10 am
    Marshall K wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:On the fast food front:

    ...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened their fourth Chicagoland location last month in Lake Zurich on US 12(Rand Rd).

    Now a fifth...

    Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
    556 E N Ave, Glendale Heights

    Smashburgers. A friend visited. Burger, good! Chicago Style Hotdog? Not so. Skinless. Maybe their Coney?

    4A31D990-7E81-4419-A847-CFCA6C73405B.jpeg

    Giving Culver’s a run for the money?

    " I am pretty sure I know the friend (not sure why the picture didn't post)
    Absolutely giving Culver's and Steak 'N Shake a run for the money and this chain is growing fast. I stopped at the Glendale Heights Freddy's late Saturday on my way back from Harrah's in Joliet. I've been a fan from day one, although not of the custard.
  • Post #450 - November 5th, 2019, 10:16 am
    Post #450 - November 5th, 2019, 10:16 am Post #450 - November 5th, 2019, 10:16 am
    Chick-Fil-A opening in Deerfield on Thursday November 14th. My initial love for this place faded long ago, but I still love the chicken biscuit. I can't see too many people in Deerfield going here for breakfast. This area was not raised on biscuits or chicken in the morning.

    It's amazing to me that they make over $4 million per restaurant on average (far higher than any other chain in the country (burgers, chicken, pizza, seafood, Mexican, etc.) in spite of being closed Sundays and people boycotting them. Portillo's which wasn't included on the Top 50 list makes an average of 9 million per store, with the biggest locations making around 17 million.

    Chick-Fil-A
    75 S Waukegan Rd
    Deerfield IL
    It is located across the street from Deerbrook Mall just south of Lake-Cook Rd; not on their property as Google says.

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