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  • Post #121 - June 11th, 2020, 12:59 pm
    Post #121 - June 11th, 2020, 12:59 pm Post #121 - June 11th, 2020, 12:59 pm
    Drover wrote:Latest entry on the Coronavirus Casualty list: Andersonville's Hot G Dog. They hold out hope of re-opening elsewhere at some unspecified date if/when the restaurant industry recovers sufficiently.

    Also noted here, on the dedicated thread.

    =R=
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  • Post #122 - June 11th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Post #122 - June 11th, 2020, 2:48 pm Post #122 - June 11th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:They said some nights they are so busy they run out of dough.

    Lots of restaurants are running out of dough these days, but at least for them that's a good thing. :)


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  • Post #123 - June 15th, 2020, 4:47 pm
    Post #123 - June 15th, 2020, 4:47 pm Post #123 - June 15th, 2020, 4:47 pm
    Drover wrote:Signage is now up for Mis Moles, the latest Geno Behana venture, in the former Little Bucharest spot on Elston and Spaulding. Lots of work going on inside as well -- looks to be opening in the near future in whatever capacity the circumstances will allow.

    Mis Moles
    3661 N. Elston
    (773) 604-8500
    https://www.mismolesrestaurant.com
    https://www.facebook.com/Urovica3535/

    Now open, at least for take-out and delivery.
  • Post #124 - June 15th, 2020, 4:51 pm
    Post #124 - June 15th, 2020, 4:51 pm Post #124 - June 15th, 2020, 4:51 pm
    Francesca's in Little Italy has announced its closure, citing a shrinking "Little Italy" as the the primary factor.
  • Post #125 - June 16th, 2020, 12:31 am
    Post #125 - June 16th, 2020, 12:31 am Post #125 - June 16th, 2020, 12:31 am
    The Mexican Fiesta
    4010 Main St
    Skokie, IL 60076

    https://yelp.to/qTKq/8i8W3OVem7

    A newly opened hidden gem
  • Post #126 - June 16th, 2020, 4:40 pm
    Post #126 - June 16th, 2020, 4:40 pm Post #126 - June 16th, 2020, 4:40 pm
    email received today from Two Lights in Old Town

    email from Two Lights wrote:It is with mixed emotions that I write to you that Two Lights Seafood & Oyster will not be returning. The restaurant was motivated by Megan’s and my summer vacations in Maine and our amazing family and friends dinners around the table, where oysters are gulped, fresh seafood is enjoyed and great conversation and laughter are the highlight. Bringing those “Refresh” feelings to Chicago was our goal and therefore our sadness in having to close the restaurant.

    With that said, we will be opening a fresh, new concept, inspired by our talented Operating Partner David. More info to come in the near future.

    To all of our wonderful Old Town guests – Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you in our new restaurant which will debut later this summer.

    Keene
  • Post #127 - June 17th, 2020, 3:21 pm
    Post #127 - June 17th, 2020, 3:21 pm Post #127 - June 17th, 2020, 3:21 pm
    Drover wrote:Francesca's in Little Italy has announced its closure, citing a shrinking "Little Italy" as the the primary factor.

    And Davanti Enoteca is departing too.
  • Post #128 - June 18th, 2020, 10:29 am
    Post #128 - June 18th, 2020, 10:29 am Post #128 - June 18th, 2020, 10:29 am
    Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall is a new 10,000 square-foot space that’s slated to open inside the historic Cook County Hospital in early August.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/6/18/212 ... renderings
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  • Post #129 - June 18th, 2020, 10:43 am
    Post #129 - June 18th, 2020, 10:43 am Post #129 - June 18th, 2020, 10:43 am
    Dave148 wrote:Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall is a new 10,000 square-foot space that’s slated to open inside the historic Cook County Hospital in early August.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/6/18/212 ... renderings

    Might be a good idea for them to leave some of the old equipment in place.
  • Post #130 - June 24th, 2020, 4:28 pm
    Post #130 - June 24th, 2020, 4:28 pm Post #130 - June 24th, 2020, 4:28 pm
    Big & Little's Logan Square has closed as evidenced by a sign hanging on the fence around the patio, which says they are moving but doesn't indicate where (only says visit Wicker Park location).

    There is already signage for pizza on the front of the building....
  • Post #131 - June 24th, 2020, 6:22 pm
    Post #131 - June 24th, 2020, 6:22 pm Post #131 - June 24th, 2020, 6:22 pm
    Greek Feast in Mount Prospect (previously Photo's at Kensington and Wolf) has closed. Confirmed with the Northbrook unit, but the removal of signage was a giveaway.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #132 - June 25th, 2020, 9:24 am
    Post #132 - June 25th, 2020, 9:24 am Post #132 - June 25th, 2020, 9:24 am
    Chuck E. Cheese has filed for bankruptcy
    As of Wednesday, 266 Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurant and arcade venues were re-opened. The company expects to keep them open throughout Chapter 11 proceedings.
    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 #133 - July 1st, 2020, 5:06 pm
    Post #133 - July 1st, 2020, 5:06 pm Post #133 - July 1st, 2020, 5:06 pm
    Here's a few places specific to more Chinese cuisine I noticed has opened lately in Chicago. And a few more non Chinese:

    1) The Han Burger - Serving the Xi'an Roujiamo (肉夹馍) - that's the "burgers" that places like Xi'an Famous Foods in NYC and Xi'an Cuisine in Chicago serve up. Not too common in the US. It looks like they mainly just serve a pork version and a beef version, along with some spicy potatoes side. There might be a western twist to these...

    It looks like a lady from Shanghai and her husband (a native Chicagoan) moved to Chicago in 2018 and just opened this up recently. Looks to be takeout/delivery only.

    The Han Burger
    3220 W Grand Ave (Humboldt Park)
    Open Wed-Mon from 11am - 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays
    https://www.thehanburger.com

    2. Hello Jasmine - Another location of the one on S Clark Street. Serving up Taiwanese food as well as milk tea, bubble tea, etc.

    Hello Jasmine
    953 W Webster (Lincoln Park)
    Open Sun-Fri 11am - 8pm
    (773) 687-9524
    https://www.hellojasmineus.com

    3. Living Water Tea House - Serving up teas (fruit tea, milk tea, regular tea, etc) as well as bakery and dessert type of items.

    Living Water Tea House
    1453 W Taylor (University Village)
    Open Mon-Sat 1pm - 8pm, and Sun 2pm - 8pm
    (312) 846-6919
    https://www.livingwaterteahouse.com

    4. Hitea - Serving up milk tea, fruit tea, bubble tea, etc. Inside of Grandee Cuisine (dim sum restaurant).

    Hitea
    215 E Grand Ave (inside of Grandee Cuisine)
    Open 7 days per week from 11am - 8pm.
    (312) 285-2218
    http://www.hiteaus.com

    5. Icy Honey - Serving up rolled ice cream.

    Icy Honey
    3132 S Morgan St (Bridgeport)
    Open Tue-Fri 1pm - 9pm, Sat-Sun 11am - 9pm
    (312) 868-8855
    http://icyhoneyshop.com

    6. Ten Cafe - Serving up rolled ice cream, bubble tea, fruit tea, etc.

    Ten Cafe
    3308 N Western Ave (Roscoe Village)
    Open Mon-Sat 11:30am - 7:30pm, Sun 12pm - 7:30pm
    (773) 799-8860
    https://www.tencafechicago.com


    7. Not Chinese, but Daebak Korean BBQ opened an outpost in Lincoln Park. Their original location is in Chinatown.

    Daebak Korean BBQ
    1523 N Kingsbury (Lincoln Park)
    Sun-Thu 11:30am - 10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am - 12am
    (312) 929-3182
    https://www.daebaklp.com

    8. Also not Chinese, and more like Americanized Teriyaki but for those of you who crave that, Teriyaki Madness is a thing at 829 S Wabash. This is a chain with locations in many states.

    Teriyaki Madness
    829 S Wabash (South Loop)
    Open 7 days per week from 11am - 9pm
    (312) 877-5997
    https://teriyakimadness.com

    9. PiniPico Coffee Co - Brazilian coffee shop serving up empanadas, pao de queijo, empadas, coffee, etc in Old Town. Founded by a Brazilian surgeon who has been in Chicago for decades. Formerly a Starbucks..

    PiniPico Coffee Co
    1538 N Clark St
    Open Mon-Fri 7am - 5pm, Sat-Sun 8am - 4pm
    https://pinipico.com
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #134 - July 2nd, 2020, 7:17 am
    Post #134 - July 2nd, 2020, 7:17 am Post #134 - July 2nd, 2020, 7:17 am
    Bite Cafe to become a pizzeria by Michelin-star winner Noah Sandoval and restaurateur Bruce Finkelman

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #135 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:06 pm
    Post #135 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:06 pm Post #135 - July 2nd, 2020, 2:06 pm
    Chubby Wieners 7/2/20
    After 15 years of business, it is with heavy hearts to announce that we will be closing our doors. We want thank our committed staff, our loyal customers and extend more thanks to everyone who has supported Chubby Wieners, Chubby Wieners Food Trucks, and our Festival Family over the years. Thank you Lincoln Square for being Home, WE WILL MISS YOU! ❤
    Mark A Reitman, PhD
    Professor of Hot Dogs
    Hot Dog University/Vienna Beef
  • Post #136 - July 2nd, 2020, 8:04 pm
    Post #136 - July 2nd, 2020, 8:04 pm Post #136 - July 2nd, 2020, 8:04 pm
    You can run this through Google Translate, but it's what I had talked about awhile ago:
    https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/oSe1b4j6hyXjj6f0A6QSbA

    New massive 80,000 square foot Chinese (and probably some other Asian foods) supermarket with a food court coming to Jefferson near Cermak, just west of Chinatown proper very shortly. BBQ King House is setting up a new outpost here. This is within a 300,000 square foot warehouse that was renovated by its owner over the last few years for a new Chinese shopping center. This will become a new expansion of Chinatown no doubt and there will be a number of new restaurants here. This is where Qiaolin Hot Pot is opening any day or supposed to. It looks like there will be some new NE BBQ (Dongbei?), bubble tea, roasted duck, etc there.

    Translated
    According to general manager James Zhang, 88 supermarkets have an area of ​​more than 80,000 square feet, and will provide more than 20,000 commodities, north and south groceries, vegetables and fruits, seafood and meat, ginseng and sea cucumber. Rongsheng International Chicago, a large food wholesale company, has entered the first floor of Tianyi Plaza six months in advance. The company has strong strength and its predecessor has developed business on the east coast of the United States for more than ten years.


    James Zhang said that 88 Supermarket will be the largest Chinese supermarket in the Midwest of the United States. It will provide a modern and fashionable shopping experience for Chinese overseas Chinese and students in the Greater Chicago area.


    Seven food and beverage companies will be stationed in the food court in the supermarket, including special drink boba, exquisite pastry, Japanese food, Vietnamese pho, traditional roasted meat, trendy Thai food, pure Korean food, Chinese food, so that customers can spend their shopping time Enjoy convenient, fast and diverse authentic cuisine.

    The supermarket will also have five boutique specialty stores, including ginseng and seafood, Japanese and Korean cosmetics, Chinese and Western wines, household appliances, and trendy communication equipment. The environment is elegant and stylish, and all kinds of boutique products make customers feel at ease and buy easily.

    There are more than 140 free parking spaces in 88 Supermarket, and the second phase of Tianyi Plaza will be expanded to more than 500 parking spaces. When shopping in 88 supermarkets and Tianyi Square, there will be no difficulty in parking.


    Chen Bohong, chairman of Great Lakes Real Estate Group, said that Tianyi Plaza aims to build Chicago's first large-scale comprehensive indoor mall and expand the new core business district of Chinatown. Tianyi Square develops together with 88 Supermarkets and many settled merchants, benefiting each other, creating a better community for Chinese friends in the Chicago area, providing a more concentrated, convenient, stylish, and modern shopping and consumption experience. One Square has become a truly satisfying shopping center for investors, customers, collaborators and communities.


    Also talks about plans for expansion including 300 new residential units across the street.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #137 - July 6th, 2020, 7:00 am
    Post #137 - July 6th, 2020, 7:00 am Post #137 - July 6th, 2020, 7:00 am
    A Korean spot has opened in Pilsen. Serving Bibimbap, Jjajangmyeon, Japchae, Tteokbokki, Korean fried chicken..etc

    Bobijoa
    1140 W 18th St
    (312) 877-5333
    Open Tue-Sat 11:30am - 9:30pm, Sun 11:30am - 8:30pm
    https://www.bobijoa.com
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #138 - July 6th, 2020, 2:04 pm
    Post #138 - July 6th, 2020, 2:04 pm Post #138 - July 6th, 2020, 2:04 pm
    Unsure if this was posted or not, but pretty sad news that Rickshaw Republic served its last meal. I wasn't aware of any prior announcement, but did happen to catch a facebook live message from the owner as it was happening. He seemed okay about it as he has another business in real estate now. Just a shame that there are still not a lot of Indonesian restaurant options in Chicago :(

    Does anyone know the status of DMK Burger bar? I also did not see any news, but their phones are down and email got bounced back. There has been no social media updates in months. I really really was looking forward to the toasted marshmallow shake they do in July.. well their milkshakes in general are some of the best in the city. That's a big lose if they do not plan on opening.. haven't heard a thing though.

    I feel this trend will continue going forward.
  • Post #139 - July 6th, 2020, 7:23 pm
    Post #139 - July 6th, 2020, 7:23 pm Post #139 - July 6th, 2020, 7:23 pm
    valgalder wrote:Unsure if this was posted or not, but pretty sad news that Rickshaw Republic served its last meal. I wasn't aware of any prior announcement, but did happen to catch a facebook live message from the owner as it was happening.

    In February I was in the neighborhood and I thought it was already gone, at the very least the umbrellas were gone from the window.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang

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