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  • Post #151 - July 23rd, 2020, 1:36 pm
    Post #151 - July 23rd, 2020, 1:36 pm Post #151 - July 23rd, 2020, 1:36 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Claudio Velez, Chicago’s beloved “Tamale Guy,” is opening his first brick-and-mortar restaurant — and it’s in Ukrainian Village. The restaurant at 2018 W. Chicago Ave. could open in August, said Pierre Vega, Velez’s business partner.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/07/23 ... estaurant/

    If there were ever a reason to get drunk immediately, this is it! :lol: 8)

    =R=
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  • Post #152 - July 23rd, 2020, 4:23 pm
    Post #152 - July 23rd, 2020, 4:23 pm Post #152 - July 23rd, 2020, 4:23 pm
    My brother, who teaches at Columbia College, has for a long time supplemented his unreliable adjunct-professor's income by working part time at Guthrie's, a popular bar on Addison in Chicago. He just notified me that he has learned that the temporary loss of his employment there is now permanent, as Guthrie's has given up the fight. Can't survive any longer on lockdown. Sad.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

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  • Post #153 - July 24th, 2020, 12:38 pm
    Post #153 - July 24th, 2020, 12:38 pm Post #153 - July 24th, 2020, 12:38 pm
    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

    Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall opens Aug. 3 in a refurbished hospital building with a lineup of not-your-usual-suspect vendors, some of whom are first-time operators and 75% of whom are minority and women-owned businesses.

    Visitors to the food hall will face a wide-range of food-options, from Nepalese street food to Mississippi Delta cuisine, Vietnamese dishes to Southern barbecue, New York style pizza, Mexican taqueria dishes and baked goods.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #154 - July 24th, 2020, 5:04 pm
    Post #154 - July 24th, 2020, 5:04 pm Post #154 - July 24th, 2020, 5:04 pm
    Miki's Park, a new option for Korean fried chicken and also bibimbap, amongst other things opened in River North on Hubbard Street. Looks like they may have tried to open right before COVID-19 shut so much down in terms of dining in. Offering korean fried chicken wings as well as a korean fried chicken sandwich, as well as bibimbap with bulgogi, popcorn chicken, some korean dumplings, etc. Looks like they have cocktails, beer, wine, etc including Korean favorite beer Hite as well as Japanese favorite Asahi.

    Website says patio is open with limited indoor seating. Mask required. They have a to-go window as well.

    Miki's Park
    https://www.mikispark.com
    109 W Hubbard St
    Open daily from 11am until Midnight
    (312) 526 3511 for orders
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #155 - July 25th, 2020, 8:56 am
    Post #155 - July 25th, 2020, 8:56 am Post #155 - July 25th, 2020, 8:56 am
    Cynthia wrote:My brother, who teaches at Columbia College, has for a long time supplemented his unreliable adjunct-professor's income by working part time at Guthrie's, a popular bar on Addison in Chicago. He just notified me that he has learned that the temporary loss of his employment there is now permanent, as Guthrie's has given up the fight. Can't survive any longer on lockdown. Sad.

    Agree. Guthrie's had a great vibe.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #156 - July 26th, 2020, 10:40 pm
    Post #156 - July 26th, 2020, 10:40 pm Post #156 - July 26th, 2020, 10:40 pm
    Rack House Kitchen and Tavern in Arlington Heights posted on their Facebook page yesterday that they're closing permanently due to COVID.

    We live nearby and went a few times. Food was adequate, but not great. Would rather them be in business than not, though.
  • Post #157 - July 27th, 2020, 2:53 pm
    Post #157 - July 27th, 2020, 2:53 pm Post #157 - July 27th, 2020, 2:53 pm
    Saw on WGN this morning that Whalburgers in St. Charles will be opening tomorrow. As they they broke ground in April they did a total redesign where the space is now set up specifically for social distance dining and capacity requirements without having to block off tables etc. Also has a larger patio. Appears that Donnie will be spending a lot of time at the restaurant as he not working on any projects right now and lives in St. Charles.
    "I drink to make other people more interesting."
    Ernest Hemingway
  • Post #158 - July 28th, 2020, 2:10 pm
    Post #158 - July 28th, 2020, 2:10 pm Post #158 - July 28th, 2020, 2:10 pm
    Owning a neighborhood restaurant has been the lifelong dream of award-winning Chicago chefs Genie Kwon and Tim Flores. On Wednesday, that dream will be realized as the couple opens Kasama, a Filipino restaurant inside the old Winchester building.

    Kasama, 1001 N. Winchester Ave., will open for takeout and delivery.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/07/28 ... n-village/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #159 - July 29th, 2020, 6:50 pm
    Post #159 - July 29th, 2020, 6:50 pm Post #159 - July 29th, 2020, 6:50 pm
    JoelF wrote:The site of the former Burger King in Prospect Heights near Milwaukee and River that I'd previously reported closed now has a banner out front "Coming Soon Hardees" -- I know I passed at least one other such banners recently, but I don't remember exactly where.

    Hardees has been closed for quite a while -- the site had auction signs posted for a while -- but passing by today I saw"Coming Soon Fry the Coop".

    There's not a lot of chatter about FtC here, but what there is looks positive. Certainly going to be more interesting than anything I could get from Hardee's.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #160 - July 29th, 2020, 7:15 pm
    Post #160 - July 29th, 2020, 7:15 pm Post #160 - July 29th, 2020, 7:15 pm
    JoelF wrote:The site of the former Burger King in Prospect Heights near Milwaukee and River that I'd previously reported closed now has a banner out front "Coming Soon Hardees" -- I know I passed at least one other such banners recently, but I don't remember exactly where.
    Hardees has been closed for quite a while -- the site had auction signs posted for a while -- but passing by today I saw"Coming Soon Fry the Coop".

    There's not a lot of chatter about FtC here, but what there is looks positive. Certainly going to be more interesting than anything I could get from Hardee's.

    It seemed like all the Hardee’s in Chicagoland closed as fast as they opened. Maybe they’ll try again in another 20 years.
  • Post #161 - July 30th, 2020, 8:21 am
    Post #161 - July 30th, 2020, 8:21 am Post #161 - July 30th, 2020, 8:21 am
    D'Agostino's Pizza and Pub is opening Opening at Oakton & Milwaukee in Niles, a Move From former Park Ridge location in early August.

    The Niles D’Agostino’s restaurant at Oakton Street and Milwaukee Avenue is nearly ready to open. Owner Scott D’Agostino said plans are to open the new restaurant in the first week in August, as soon as village permits are cleared.

    D’Agostino’s announced its Park Ridge location, on Higgins Road near Cumberland Avenue, closed Sunday, July 19.The Park Ridge location has stood for the last 12 years. D’Agostino said a lack of parking at the Park Ridge location was one of the reasons for the move.

    The Oakton and Milwaukee location was home to another Italian eatery, Riggio’s, from 1957 to 2017.

    The restaurant is expected to have a full bar, and D’Agostino said he would also apply for a license for video gambling.

    https://www.journal-topics.com/articles ... y-to-open/
  • Post #162 - August 1st, 2020, 1:33 pm
    Post #162 - August 1st, 2020, 1:33 pm Post #162 - August 1st, 2020, 1:33 pm
    JoelF wrote:Hardees has been closed for quite a while -- the site had auction signs posted for a while -- but passing by today I saw"Coming Soon Fry the Coop".

    There's not a lot of chatter about FtC here, but what there is looks positive. Certainly going to be more interesting than anything I could get from Hardee's.

    You'll be very satisfied compared to Hardees.
  • Post #163 - August 3rd, 2020, 3:19 pm
    Post #163 - August 3rd, 2020, 3:19 pm Post #163 - August 3rd, 2020, 3:19 pm
    Artie wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Hardees has been closed for quite a while -- the site had auction signs posted for a while -- but passing by today I saw"Coming Soon Fry the Coop".

    There's not a lot of chatter about FtC here, but what there is looks positive. Certainly going to be more interesting than anything I could get from Hardee's.

    You'll be very satisfied compared to Hardees.
    (Sorry Ronnie, there's no Fry the Coop thread yet and I haven't had it so I wanted to post here.)

    Just an FYI - they fry the chicken and the fresh cut fries in beef fat.
  • Post #164 - August 4th, 2020, 2:31 pm
    Post #164 - August 4th, 2020, 2:31 pm Post #164 - August 4th, 2020, 2:31 pm
    New food hall opening at the newly opened Old Cook County General Hospital which has been converted to a couple of Hotels.

    Dr. Murphy's Food Hall.

    Looks like a number of new offerings from folks that are not a part of the other food halls. I am especially looking forward to trying the Staten Island Style Pizza place!! And it has both a Nepali and a Indian place. Unusual to have both.
  • Post #165 - August 4th, 2020, 5:02 pm
    Post #165 - August 4th, 2020, 5:02 pm Post #165 - August 4th, 2020, 5:02 pm
    Robert et Fils opens for takeout in the former Kitsune space.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html

    4229 N. Lincoln Ave.
    773-687-9179
    http://www.robertetfilsrestaurant.com
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #166 - August 5th, 2020, 7:51 am
    Post #166 - August 5th, 2020, 7:51 am Post #166 - August 5th, 2020, 7:51 am
    A cafe specializing in a special kind of baked empanada known as a paste, popular in Mexico’s Hidalgo state, has opened in Humboldt Park. Café Pachuca, located on the ground floor of the Vista on the Park apartment building at 2635 W. North Ave.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/08/05 ... n-chicago/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #167 - August 5th, 2020, 9:07 am
    Post #167 - August 5th, 2020, 9:07 am Post #167 - August 5th, 2020, 9:07 am
    Osteria Langhe owner opens Testaccio in Logan Square

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    2456 N. California Ave.
    773-661-6028
    http://www.testacciochicago.com
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #168 - August 5th, 2020, 9:27 am
    Post #168 - August 5th, 2020, 9:27 am Post #168 - August 5th, 2020, 9:27 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Osteria Langhe owner opens Testaccio in Logan Square

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavi ... story.html
    2456 N. California Ave.
    773-661-6028
    http://www.testacciochicago.com

    Fwiw, this is the former Quiote/Todos Santos space.

    =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 #169 - August 5th, 2020, 6:06 pm
    Post #169 - August 5th, 2020, 6:06 pm Post #169 - August 5th, 2020, 6:06 pm
    Jim-Bob wrote:It seemed like all the Hardee’s in Chicagoland closed as fast as they opened.

    Not quite all.

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  • Post #170 - August 6th, 2020, 8:36 pm
    Post #170 - August 6th, 2020, 8:36 pm Post #170 - August 6th, 2020, 8:36 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Jim-Bob wrote:It seemed like all the Hardee’s in Chicagoland closed as fast as they opened.

    Not quite all.

    Image

    I believe that one is attached to a gas station. I think the closest free standing one is in Sycamore. Does anyone know why all of them closed?
  • Post #171 - August 6th, 2020, 9:12 pm
    Post #171 - August 6th, 2020, 9:12 pm Post #171 - August 6th, 2020, 9:12 pm
    Jim-Bob wrote:I believe that one is attached to a gas station. I think the closest free standing one is in Sycamore. Does anyone know why all of them closed?

    There was something about the finances of the franchisee.
    ah here it is
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #172 - Yesterday, 6:57 am
    Post #172 - Yesterday, 6:57 am Post #172 - Yesterday, 6:57 am
    JoelF wrote:
    Jim-Bob wrote:I believe that one is attached to a gas station. I think the closest free standing one is in Sycamore. Does anyone know why all of them closed?

    There was something about the finances of the franchisee.
    ah here it is


    Looks like they stole the Culver's playbook and did the exact opposite (poor locations, untrained employees, no quality control).

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