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  • Post #91 - April 24th, 2020, 4:47 pm
    Post #91 - April 24th, 2020, 4:47 pm Post #91 - April 24th, 2020, 4:47 pm
    Hey, I'll be appearing here all week! And all next month, and the rest of the year...
  • Post #92 - April 24th, 2020, 5:48 pm
    Post #92 - April 24th, 2020, 5:48 pm Post #92 - April 24th, 2020, 5:48 pm
    Crown Liquors ‘Slashie’ Is Closing For Good, Had Survived Since Prohibition
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/04/24 ... ohibition/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #93 - April 27th, 2020, 11:38 am
    Post #93 - April 27th, 2020, 11:38 am Post #93 - April 27th, 2020, 11:38 am
    Dave148 wrote:Crown Liquors ‘Slashie’ Is Closing For Good, Had Survived Since Prohibition
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/04/24 ... ohibition/


    No idea what was going on with them, but they were closed even before the pandemic forced everything to shutdown. It seemed like they were always trying something new with the liquor store part, but nothing really stuck unfortunately. Always liked the bar though and I hope whoever takes it over keeps it the way it is.
  • Post #94 - April 27th, 2020, 12:42 pm
    Post #94 - April 27th, 2020, 12:42 pm Post #94 - April 27th, 2020, 12:42 pm
    scottsol wrote:
    nsxtasy wrote:You neglected to mention the obvious headline:

    Toast Is Toast


    If you keep posting puns you may be as well.


    It was getting kinda stale anyways.

    Am I getting a rise outta you?

    I’m on a roll!
  • Post #95 - April 28th, 2020, 3:57 pm
    Post #95 - April 28th, 2020, 3:57 pm Post #95 - April 28th, 2020, 3:57 pm
    Beginning April 29, Fat Rice will become Super Fat Rice Mart and pivot to selling meal kits, per this NY Times story.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/dini ... virus.html
  • Post #96 - April 29th, 2020, 2:19 am
    Post #96 - April 29th, 2020, 2:19 am Post #96 - April 29th, 2020, 2:19 am
    Octarine wrote:
    scottsol wrote:
    nsxtasy wrote:You neglected to mention the obvious headline:

    Toast Is Toast


    If you keep posting puns you may be as well.


    It was getting kinda stale anyways.

    Am I getting a rise outta you?

    I’m on a roll!

    That should be “anyway”, not “anyways”.
  • Post #97 - April 30th, 2020, 6:00 pm
    Post #97 - April 30th, 2020, 6:00 pm Post #97 - April 30th, 2020, 6:00 pm
    Hewn posted this on their online ordering site.

    “Please note that we are moving the bakery to our new location at 1733 Central Street Monday, April 27th. Pickups will begin at the new location Friday, May 1st, 8am-noon. Pick-ups will be suspended from Monday, April 27th through Thursday, April 30th. The Dempster location will be open through this weekend, and then closed permanently beginning April 27th. Please contact us with any questions and thank you!”

    Link to their online store.
    https://hewnorders.square.site/s/shop?page=1&limit=60
  • Post #98 - May 6th, 2020, 9:24 am
    Post #98 - May 6th, 2020, 9:24 am Post #98 - May 6th, 2020, 9:24 am
    Afghan Kabob has opened/moved from 4040 W. Montrose in Chicago to the former Rayan Halal Mediterranean restaurant space in Morton Grove on Dempster Street.

    Afghan Kabob
    6002 Dempster St
    Morton Grove, IL 60053

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/afghan-kabob-m ... =date_desc
  • Post #99 - May 6th, 2020, 2:30 pm
    Post #99 - May 6th, 2020, 2:30 pm Post #99 - May 6th, 2020, 2:30 pm
    polster wrote:Afghan Kabob has opened/moved from 4040 W. Montrose in Chicago to the former Rayan Halal Mediterranean restaurant space in Morton Grove on Dempster Street.

    Afghan Kabob
    6002 Dempster St
    Morton Grove, IL 60053

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/afghan-kabob-m ... =date_desc

    That's great news. Thanks for highlighting this.

    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 #100 - May 12th, 2020, 4:11 pm
  • Post #101 - May 13th, 2020, 11:36 am
    Post #101 - May 13th, 2020, 11:36 am Post #101 - May 13th, 2020, 11:36 am
    Just opened Monday by the grandson of Dave Thomas of Wendy's. Fresh Stack Burger 20413 N Rand Rd Kildeer.

    https://www.freshstackburger.com/

    Picked up lunch today. It was very good.
  • Post #102 - May 18th, 2020, 10:03 am
    Post #102 - May 18th, 2020, 10:03 am Post #102 - May 18th, 2020, 10:03 am
    A sign is up for a new restaurant in the Aurora/Naperville Rte 59 corridor. Pho Shack, with one location in California, is opening its second and third locations in Naperville (the old Yu's location) and Yorkville.

    Pho Shack 2
    658 IL-59
    Naperville, IL 60540

    Pho Shack 3
    1218 N Bridge St
    Yorkville, IL 60560
  • Post #103 - May 19th, 2020, 6:13 am
    Post #103 - May 19th, 2020, 6:13 am Post #103 - May 19th, 2020, 6:13 am
    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/
  • Post #104 - May 19th, 2020, 11:26 am
    Post #104 - May 19th, 2020, 11:26 am Post #104 - May 19th, 2020, 11:26 am
    Ditka's Restaurant has permanently closed their downtown Chicago location. This move will leave them with three locations still in operation (Pittsburgh, Oakbrook Terrace, & Grill 89 in Westmont),

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-ditka-restuarant-chicago-closes-20200519-iunes7koq5e7ffdwpm2akigmze-story.html

    https://www.ditkasrestaurants.com/
  • Post #105 - May 20th, 2020, 10:41 am
    Post #105 - May 20th, 2020, 10:41 am Post #105 - May 20th, 2020, 10:41 am
    Fausto's Italian Kitchen announced their closing on their Facebook page. Last day 5/30. Sad.

    16 S Evergreen Ave
    Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
  • Post #106 - May 22nd, 2020, 11:06 am
    Post #106 - May 22nd, 2020, 11:06 am Post #106 - May 22nd, 2020, 11:06 am
    “The rent, bills and business taxes were not taking a pause and the sales were only enough to cover inventory."

    Pilsen Taqueria Sabor Y Sazon Closing After 7 Years Because Of Coronavirus Shutdown
  • Post #107 - May 22nd, 2020, 11:16 am
    Post #107 - May 22nd, 2020, 11:16 am Post #107 - May 22nd, 2020, 11:16 am
    Tinto & Tapas on the 7900 block of W. Belmont has thrown in the towel. In a separate posting in a community FB group the proprietor cites the mayor's refusal to even allow outdoor dining as the last straw.

    "Good morning

    It is with great sadness that I have decided to close the restaurant immediately. The current positions of local authorities and the inducement of fear based decision making promoted through media sources does not allow me to serve my community as I intended. Furthermore, the outline of new impositions for reopening going forward are not the business model I agreed to follow when my license was approved. I thank you all for your support."

    https://www.facebook.com/tintontapas/
  • Post #108 - May 26th, 2020, 9:36 am
    Post #108 - May 26th, 2020, 9:36 am Post #108 - May 26th, 2020, 9:36 am
    Xocolo, formerly Xelva Mayan Cuisine, formerly Taco Bout It, at the "cursed location" of
    8819 Ogden Avenue in Brookfield, is closed. Confirmed via Yelp after passing it the other day and seeing a For Sale sign and the papered-overed windows. The struggle is real.
  • Post #109 - May 28th, 2020, 11:07 am
    Post #109 - May 28th, 2020, 11:07 am Post #109 - May 28th, 2020, 11:07 am
    I'm so disappointed to hear the one of my favorite live music venues, The California Clipper, and my favorite coffee shop, C.C. Ferns, are closing. These really hurt, but I'm sure there will continue to be a lot more truly great places closing for good.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/5/28/21273155/california-clipper-cc-ferns-closed-hogsalt-humboldt-park
  • Post #110 - May 28th, 2020, 11:56 am
    Post #110 - May 28th, 2020, 11:56 am Post #110 - May 28th, 2020, 11:56 am
    Al Ehrhardt wrote:I'm so disappointed to hear the one of my favorite live music venues, The California Clipper, and my favorite coffee shop, C.C. Ferns, are closing. These really hurt, but I'm sure there will continue to be a lot more truly great places closing for good.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/5/28/21273155/california-clipper-cc-ferns-closed-hogsalt-humboldt-park


    Some of the worst news I've heard so far. Sadly, it won't be the last.
  • Post #111 - May 28th, 2020, 6:29 pm
    Post #111 - May 28th, 2020, 6:29 pm Post #111 - May 28th, 2020, 6:29 pm
    Al's Beef in River North is moving from 169 W Ontario to 548 N Wells St, a block away after losing their lease. Should open back up in the fall:

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/05/28 ... lock-away/

    Now, what the article fails to mention is finding out that they lost their lease because the new landlords signed with "Big Star River North, LLC" (One Off Hospitality). Everyone can guess what that is. Of course, that was back in February, so we'll see what happens, but all indications are that River North is getting a Big Star and I'm sure that parking lot will be converted into some big patio.

    http://ccrecorder.org/recordings/record ... /81084765/
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #112 - May 29th, 2020, 12:47 am
    Post #112 - May 29th, 2020, 12:47 am Post #112 - May 29th, 2020, 12:47 am
    Adding to the pile of Coronavirus Casualties...

    Vegan Pizzeria Chicago House of ‘Za Closing For Good In North Center Because Of Coronavirus
  • Post #113 - May 30th, 2020, 7:52 am
    Post #113 - May 30th, 2020, 7:52 am Post #113 - May 30th, 2020, 7:52 am
    Apparently unnoticed in all the COVID madness and wave of closings was the highly-regarded Mesa Urbana of Northbrook opening a second location at Six Corners. Right now it's dubbed as a "Pop-up" but so is their original location, I guess in reference to their temporary status as take-out only and the resulting pared-down menu. However this looks intended to be a permanent second location when circumstances permit.

    Mesa Urbana Dos
    4024 N. Milwaukee Ave
    (773) 334-7711
    http://www.mesaurbana.com
    http://www.facebook.com/mesaurbanabar/
  • Post #114 - May 30th, 2020, 8:03 am
    Post #114 - May 30th, 2020, 8:03 am Post #114 - May 30th, 2020, 8:03 am
    Drover wrote:Apparently unnoticed in all the COVID madness and wave of closings was the highly-regarded Mesa Urbana of Northbrook opening a second location at Six Corners. Right now it's dubbed as a "Pop-up" but so is their original location, I guess in reference to their temporary status as take-out only and the resulting pared-down menu. However this looks intended to be a permanent second location when circumstances permit.

    Mesa Urbana Dos
    4024 N. Milwaukee Ave
    (773) 334-7711
    http://www.mesaurbana.com
    http://www.facebook.com/mesaurbanabar/

    I live very close to the Northbrook location and enjoy it occasionally (although basic, better, cheaper tacos can be had nearby). However, their current limited carry-out menu is rather dull, with none of the cheffy things they do on the regular menu. I hope they come back strong.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang

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