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  • Post #211 - August 29th, 2020, 9:02 am
    Post #211 - August 29th, 2020, 9:02 am Post #211 - August 29th, 2020, 9:02 am
    88 Marketplace had its grand opening yesterday - a 80,000 sq ft Chinese market that is the largest in the Midwest and might be one of the largest in the US. They have a food court there too with Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc food although it's unclear if that opened yet. I believe they have food from not just China here too as well as a lot of other products from all over Asia including alcohol. This is part of the new, huge 300,000 square foot Jefferson Square (aka Tianyi Square) development. Keep in mind that the average supermarket in America is around 40,000 sq ft - this is much larger.

    Pictures here of the grand opening ceremony including Illinois rep Theresa Mah and alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez:
    https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/IDlcr4ZqbxKrnvYqlSjTrQ

    88 Marketplace
    2105 S Jefferson St (East Pilsen)
    Open daily from 8am - 8pm
    (312) 846-6962

    https://www.facebook.com/88MarketplaceChicago/
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #212 - August 29th, 2020, 10:42 am
    Post #212 - August 29th, 2020, 10:42 am Post #212 - August 29th, 2020, 10:42 am
    A few more openings:

    1) Fish taco joint Don Pez Fish Tacos has opened at 844 W Armitage in Lincoln Park serving...fish tacos. If I'm not mistaken, this was primarily a mobile food stand/food truck previously now with a brick and mortar location.

    https://www.facebook.com/donpezfishtacos/

    2) Latin seafood restaurant Azul Mariscos has opened at 1177 N Elston along the river - former home of Estate - and featuring a big mural from an artist from Mexico City. They also have cocktails, wine, champagne, and hard liquor. SocialLight runs this new spot, who also ran Estate previously in the same location. They will also have a rooftop.

    Azul Mariscos
    1177 N Elston
    Thursday & Friday 4pm - Midnight
    Saturday & Sunday 11am - Midnight
    (773) 770-3766
    https://azulmariscos.com

    3) Small Hawaiian food chain Hawaiian Bros opened in the Kitchen United location at 831 N Sedgwick St - doing delivery/take out. They have locations in Texas, Missouri, and Kansas. The website says they're also opening another outpost at 3517 N Spaulding, not far from the Addison Blue Line train stop.

    Serving spam musubi, a handful of chicken dishes, and some Kalua style pig. They also have dole whip, which I really crave and wish the mainland had more of.

    Hawaiian Bros
    831 N Sedgwick (Kitchen United - delivery/take out only)
    https://hawaiianbros.com

    4) BBQ chain Smokey Bones also opened at 831 N Sedgwick doing take out/delivery. Their only other Illinois locations are in Rockford and Champaign - now Chicago.

    Smokey Bones
    831 N Sedgwick (Kitchen United - delivery/take out only)
    https://smokeybones.com
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #213 - September 6th, 2020, 6:30 pm
    Post #213 - September 6th, 2020, 6:30 pm Post #213 - September 6th, 2020, 6:30 pm
    From Ronny’s Steakhouse FB page:

    Farewell, Chicago.........

    It has been an historic run; it’s time to turn off that famous neon sign one final time.

    From a foundational dream in 1963, both a legacy and legend were born. Excellent food, great service, and amazing prices were the keystones to our success. None of this would have been possible without our dedicated staff and fabulous customers.

    It’s been our honor and privilege to serve and employ our spectacular city’s citizens. From the corner of Randolph and State to Clark and Lake and all the locations in between, Ronny’s has stood as a beacon welcoming all of Chicago, and those from around the globe, into our dining room and family. For this, we will be eternally grateful.

    A million “thanks” for the good times.
    Hold on to the memories.
    We won’t say “good bye” but rather “until we meet again”.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #214 - September 6th, 2020, 10:04 pm
    Post #214 - September 6th, 2020, 10:04 pm Post #214 - September 6th, 2020, 10:04 pm
    Dave148 wrote:From Ronny’s Steakhouse FB page:

    Farewell, Chicago.........

    It has been an historic run; it’s time to turn off that famous neon sign one final time.

    From a foundational dream in 1963, both a legacy and legend were born. Excellent food, great service, and amazing prices were the keystones to our success. None of this would have been possible without our dedicated staff and fabulous customers.

    It’s been our honor and privilege to serve and employ our spectacular city’s citizens. From the corner of Randolph and State to Clark and Lake and all the locations in between, Ronny’s has stood as a beacon welcoming all of Chicago, and those from around the globe, into our dining room and family. For this, we will be eternally grateful.

    A million “thanks” for the good times.
    Hold on to the memories.
    We won’t say “good bye” but rather “until we meet again”.


    It's been over 20 years since I've eaten at Ronny's. I used to work at WLS radio, basically in the mailroom, and the randolph/lake location was in my regular lunch rotation. The other mailroom guys used to mock me whenever I went, and caution against misconceived notions of foodborne illness. They never got it. I typically stuck to some variation of grilled chicken (usually tossed in bbq) with fries, and it was always tastey... but I was always envious of the wings. Cooked to order and hand tossed in front of the customer. They looked delicious (wish I wasn't so strict about my diet back then).

    And their $9.95 steaks were never great, but they were a welcome respite for those who didn't have expense account steak dinners in their future.

    Oh yeah, and eating inside the state and randolph location was like a quick trip to Disneyland. That sort of cheesy ambience can't be recreated easily. The clark and lake location just couldn't match it. Ronny's, you'll be missed.
  • Post #215 - September 7th, 2020, 7:47 pm
    Post #215 - September 7th, 2020, 7:47 pm Post #215 - September 7th, 2020, 7:47 pm
    Not sure exactly when it happened, as there's no Facebook update indicating it, but sadly, Semiramis is permanently closed. We called last week to confirm and their phone number was no longer in service, and it's listed as permanently closed on Google. We'll really miss this place--I really liked the whole chicken with toum, and it was one of the few places in town you could get a decent kibbeh nayyeh (I've tried it from Libanais and found it wanting).
  • Post #216 - September 8th, 2020, 3:22 pm
    Post #216 - September 8th, 2020, 3:22 pm Post #216 - September 8th, 2020, 3:22 pm
    marothisu wrote:The Han Burger
    3220 W Grand Ave (Humboldt Park)
    Open Wed-Mon from 11am - 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays
    https://www.thehanburger.com


    Per their website, they moved to 850 W Superior in River West. I think it's only pick up and delivery, and I believe it's another one of those "cloud kitchen" locations.

    Updated hours:
    Monday: 11am - 9pm
    Tuesday: Closed
    Wed - Fri: 11am - 9pm
    Sat: 12pm - 12am
    Sun: 12pm - 9pm
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #217 - September 8th, 2020, 3:31 pm
    Post #217 - September 8th, 2020, 3:31 pm Post #217 - September 8th, 2020, 3:31 pm
    The Chicago Brauhaus Is Back: Iconic German Bar Will Reopen Next Week Inside Lincoln Square’s DANK Haus
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/09/08 ... al-center/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #218 - September 9th, 2020, 11:40 am
    Post #218 - September 9th, 2020, 11:40 am Post #218 - September 9th, 2020, 11:40 am
    Saying the Brauhaus is opening in the DANK Haus is a stretch. Moving the decor and fixtures would be more accurate.
  • Post #219 - September 9th, 2020, 12:47 pm
    Post #219 - September 9th, 2020, 12:47 pm Post #219 - September 9th, 2020, 12:47 pm
    For anyone still working in the Western part of the Loop, Beatrix is back. Sort of. They're offering a minimal selection of sandwiches and salads for walk-ins. If you're a planner, you can order from a more extensive build-your-own salad/sandwich menu with lots of other options, including pizza, for pick-up. Breakfast options are similarly limited; no chilaquiles.
  • Post #220 - September 10th, 2020, 7:27 am
    Post #220 - September 10th, 2020, 7:27 am Post #220 - September 10th, 2020, 7:27 am
    Former Sabatino’s Chef’s New Restaurant Opens This Month — And He’s Bringing Back Some Beloved Dishes

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/09/09 ... his-month/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #221 - September 10th, 2020, 10:30 am
    Post #221 - September 10th, 2020, 10:30 am Post #221 - September 10th, 2020, 10:30 am
    Downtown steakhouse the Grill on the Alley, known for solid classics like shrimp cocktail, steak tartare, and Key lime pie, is permanently closed

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/5/12/212 ... oronavirus
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #222 - September 11th, 2020, 2:45 pm
    Post #222 - September 11th, 2020, 2:45 pm Post #222 - September 11th, 2020, 2:45 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Former Sabatino’s Chef’s New Restaurant Opens This Month — And He’s Bringing Back Some Beloved Dishes

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/09/09 ... his-month/

    This is where Aiello's Golden Crust used to be located at, they've been closed for many years.
    Anyone know if they were connected to the still going strong Golden Crust on Kedzie and Eastwood
  • Post #223 - September 14th, 2020, 2:51 pm
    Post #223 - September 14th, 2020, 2:51 pm Post #223 - September 14th, 2020, 2:51 pm
    Wells Street Market is closing on Friday = https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #224 - September 15th, 2020, 11:48 am
    Post #224 - September 15th, 2020, 11:48 am Post #224 - September 15th, 2020, 11:48 am
    Avvio is taking reservations or bookings now. Avvio is the new restaurant of former chef(s) of Sabatino's. They have a FB page looks like you can make reservations through there. Anyone been yet? Thoughts? Looks like most of Sabatino's former menu is there (not seeing a lot of flaming table side dishes), but staples seem to be there.

    Sabatino's was my parents favorite restaurant, but they are in their 80s so I will have to bring Avvio to them via take out.

    https://www.facebook.com/avvioitaliankitchen/
  • Post #225 - September 16th, 2020, 8:15 am
    Post #225 - September 16th, 2020, 8:15 am Post #225 - September 16th, 2020, 8:15 am
    Madame Zuzu's has reopened as a "multi-media venue featuring a plant-based café, retail, art, and entertainment."
    1876 First St.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    https://www.madamezuzus.com
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #226 - September 17th, 2020, 1:28 pm
    Post #226 - September 17th, 2020, 1:28 pm Post #226 - September 17th, 2020, 1:28 pm
    La Macchina in downtown Evanston is no more.
    https://patch.com/illinois/evanston/two-downtown-evanston-restaurants-close-permanently
  • Post #227 - September 17th, 2020, 3:16 pm
    Post #227 - September 17th, 2020, 3:16 pm Post #227 - September 17th, 2020, 3:16 pm
    The Unicorn Cafe at 1723 Sherman has closed after being in business for 30 years according to the Patch.
  • Post #228 - September 17th, 2020, 5:09 pm
    Post #228 - September 17th, 2020, 5:09 pm Post #228 - September 17th, 2020, 5:09 pm
    The Chicago Board Game Café has been sold by Cards Against Humanity. It will reopen as the Chicago location of Snakes & Lattés, a Canadian board game café chain on October 14, 2020.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/9/17/214 ... wn-chicago
  • Post #229 - September 17th, 2020, 6:46 pm
    Post #229 - September 17th, 2020, 6:46 pm Post #229 - September 17th, 2020, 6:46 pm
    Fat Willy's Rib Shack

    It’s with deep gratitude and a true shade of sadness that we are announcing our closure at the end of this month. Sunday, September the 27th, will be our last day of operation. We have been serving the neighborhood for 19+ years and we have been humbled and honored to serve so many incredible guests. Many of you became a special part of our lives and it was an amazing thing to feed you all. We will miss our restaurant guests and employees. We all look forward to a renewed and brighter future.
    -Fat Willy’s Rib Shack
    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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