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  • Post #211 - July 14th, 2022, 4:44 pm
    Post #211 - July 14th, 2022, 4:44 pm Post #211 - July 14th, 2022, 4:44 pm
    431 S. Dearborn St. seems a very strange place for a 400-seat restaurant. The Manhattan Building has a rather small floor plate for a large restaurant even without considering that the lobby for the condos is near the center of the building. I wonder if Eater blew the address.
  • Post #212 - July 14th, 2022, 7:58 pm
    Post #212 - July 14th, 2022, 7:58 pm Post #212 - July 14th, 2022, 7:58 pm
    A new bubble tea/fruit tea shop is open in Gold Coast. According to a menu I see online they have milk and bubble tea with a variety of toppings, fruit tea, as well as sugarcane and tamarind juice.

    This location was formerly a nail salon and spa. This little strip of State St now has a shabu shabu place, a sushi place, a ramen place, and now a bubble tea place.

    VinTea
    818 N State St


    ekreider wrote:431 S. Dearborn St. seems a very strange place for a 400-seat restaurant. The Manhattan Building has a rather small floor plate for a large restaurant even without considering that the lobby for the condos is near the center of the building. I wonder if Eater blew the address.


    It's not 431 S Dearborn, it's 431 N Dearborn. Formerly Ruth's Chris.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #213 - July 15th, 2022, 9:23 am
    Post #213 - July 15th, 2022, 9:23 am Post #213 - July 15th, 2022, 9:23 am
    A family-owned Jewish deli is finally opening in Wicker Park this weekend after more than a year of delays. Helfeld’s Deli, 1750 W. North Ave., will feature Jewish deli staples like pastrami and reuben sandwiches, matzo ball soup and homemade baked goods. About a dozen types of bagels will be sourced from New York Bagel & Bialy in Skokie.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/15 ... -the-menu/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #214 - July 15th, 2022, 12:49 pm
    Post #214 - July 15th, 2022, 12:49 pm Post #214 - July 15th, 2022, 12:49 pm
    Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Will Exit West Loop for Boka’s Lakeview Complex

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/7/15/232 ... rt-chicago

    Little Goat, the bustling all-day diner from Top Chef champion and celebrated Chicago chef Stephanie Izard, will leave its decade-old home in the West Loop in early 2023 for new digs in Lakeview. The diner will join two other Boka Group restaurants — GGs Chicken Shop from Boka executive chef Lee Wolen and an as-yet-unannounced venue — inside the 122-year-old building that previously housed the historic Southport Lanes at 3325 N. Southport Avenue.

    Though the diner continues to thrive, the transition is due in large part to the economic and labor fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says Boka Group co-founder Rob Katz. Serving three meals a day means hiring, training, and managing an enormous number of employees — a lift so significant that Little Goat has cut out dinner service for the time being. “[The diner] is wildly busy — I don’t know if we’ve ever been busier than we are today,” says Katz. “But the diner model of breakfast, lunch, and dinner has become exceedingly difficult in the pandemic and post-pandemic world of extreme labor shortages — it takes an army to put forth that effort.”

    ...

    In Lakeview, the diner will seat just 50 — a third of the West Loop location’s capacity — and offer three meals a day. It will likely share some back-of-house operations, such as dishwashing and storage, with the other Boka restaurants in the building. But each will have a separate entrance and distinctive design to set it apart from its neighbors. This isn’t a Boka food hall.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #215 - July 16th, 2022, 7:13 am
    Post #215 - July 16th, 2022, 7:13 am Post #215 - July 16th, 2022, 7:13 am
    Not mentioned on the board ever, Iverson's Bakery in Blue Island is closing after today.

    A fan who arrived at 5:45 AM saw people lined up out the door.

    12948 Western Ave, Blue Island, IL 60406
    Hours:
    5 AM-5PM Today
    Tomorrow closed forever
    Phone: (708) 385-3410
    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 #216 - July 20th, 2022, 5:07 pm
    Post #216 - July 20th, 2022, 5:07 pm Post #216 - July 20th, 2022, 5:07 pm
    lodasi wrote:
    cleanplateclub wrote:Block Club is reporting a fire at the Twisted Hippo, 2925 W. Montrose Ave., and the Ultimate Ninjas Gym next door.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/02/21 ... o-brewery/

    Early reporting is no casualties but one person hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

    Looks like the building is a total loss and any remnants will be demolished ASAP.

    After a devastating fire, Twisted Hippo will join District Brew Yards, which is adding a Wheeling location.

    https://apple.news/Alh-hBv0wRo229Ut6WmNy5w
    Twisted Hippo continues to look for a new home of its own, but in the meantime will have its beer made and served alongside several other breweries at District Brew Yards’ original West Town location, plus a second facility District Brew Yards is opening in the fall in north suburban Wheeling.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #217 - July 21st, 2022, 2:47 am
    Post #217 - July 21st, 2022, 2:47 am Post #217 - July 21st, 2022, 2:47 am
    Jim’s Original, the historic Chicago hot dog stand, opening first location on the North Side in Avondale

    Chicago Tribune link is a photo slideshow of a visit to the current location. One photo has a caption referencing the planned new location.

    Recently passed by 2775 N Elston and saw some Jim's Original signage. That address had been Niko's Gyros until becoming Chop Society in 2016.

    --
    edc
  • Post #218 - July 21st, 2022, 9:14 am
    Post #218 - July 21st, 2022, 9:14 am Post #218 - July 21st, 2022, 9:14 am
    edc wrote:Jim’s Original, the historic Chicago hot dog stand, opening first location on the North Side in Avondale

    Chicago Tribune link is a photo slideshow of a visit to the current location. One photo has a caption referencing the planned new location.

    Recently passed by 2775 N Elston and saw some Jim's Original signage. That address had been Niko's Gyros until becoming Chop Society in 2016.

    --
    edc


    Chicago hot dog stand Jim's Original opening in Avondale
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html

    Jim’s Original Avondale has transformed the property that was last Chop Society and previously Niko’s Gyros — with a family connection to boot.

    “It was my uncle’s, then my cousin’s,” Christopoulos said. “He wanted to get out of the business, so I thought it was a good opportunity to try Jim’s Original on the North Side of town, with a drive-thru.”
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #219 - July 22nd, 2022, 8:56 pm
    Post #219 - July 22nd, 2022, 8:56 pm Post #219 - July 22nd, 2022, 8:56 pm
    Land & Lake’s Ravenswood Restaurant Opens Friday In Former Fountainhead Spot.
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/22 ... ead-space/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #220 - July 24th, 2022, 11:19 am
    Post #220 - July 24th, 2022, 11:19 am Post #220 - July 24th, 2022, 11:19 am
    Mini Donut Factory from Wheeling is opening up at 3151 N Broadway in Lakeview East in the city. Looks like they could open soon. They have all the signage and looks like most of the interior is built out.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #221 - July 25th, 2022, 5:13 pm
    Post #221 - July 25th, 2022, 5:13 pm Post #221 - July 25th, 2022, 5:13 pm
    Just walked by longtime Bucktown staple (for when nowhere else is open) Lazo’s and all the signage is down with a temporary sign for a new taco place hanging up.

    Edit: looked more closely today and it’s a new branch of Las Fuentes, which has a Lincoln Park and two suburban locations: https://lasfuentesrestaurant.com/
  • Post #222 - July 26th, 2022, 6:40 pm
    Post #222 - July 26th, 2022, 6:40 pm Post #222 - July 26th, 2022, 6:40 pm
    Dave148 wrote: Chicago hot dog stand Jim's Original opening in Avondale.

    Jim’s Original Avondale has transformed the property that was last Chop Society and previously Niko’s Gyros — with a family connection to boot.

    “It was my uncle’s, then my cousin’s,” Christopoulos said. “He wanted to get out of the business, so I thought it was a good opportunity to try Jim’s Original on the North Side of town, with a drive-thru.”
    This could become quite intriguing. :o
    This corner is opposite a corner for one of the branches of Al's Italian Beef. It is also within walking distance of both Ravinia Brwg., Maplewood Brwg., and Owen and Engine.
    I do not know why I did not refer in these images before; but here are pictures I took of it on 14 March. {Maybe I thought Chop Society was closed on Mondays.} Image Image
    The address had a liquor license going back a bunch of years. The address is in the 32nd Ward. I wonder if Jim C. is going to put in for one? :?: {The Al's is in the 33rd Ward.}
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  • Post #223 - July 30th, 2022, 12:54 pm
    Post #223 - July 30th, 2022, 12:54 pm Post #223 - July 30th, 2022, 12:54 pm
    Taipei Cafe is officially open at 820 W Belmont Ave near Boystown. There is also a building permit from late April for 1400 S Michigan Ave where the owner listed on it is also the owner of Taipei Cafe. Just guessing they'll open up something there too and I'm sure it won't be too long.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #224 - July 31st, 2022, 5:06 pm
    Post #224 - July 31st, 2022, 5:06 pm Post #224 - July 31st, 2022, 5:06 pm
    A korean hot dog/corn dog place is coming to the 88 Marketplace center in East Pilsen called Ssong's Hot Dog. They've apparently been around for nearly a decade and are mostly in the DC area in the US, but also have some near NYC, greater bay area, near Atlanta, etc and also in China, Japan, and Vietnam. Spotted this as they have a sign near the 88 Marketplace main parking lot for it and says it's coming soon.

    I'm not sure whether they'll be in the food court at 88 Marketplace or one of the retail bays in the mall itself.

    https://www.ssongshotdogus.com/menu
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #225 - August 1st, 2022, 7:39 pm
    Post #225 - August 1st, 2022, 7:39 pm Post #225 - August 1st, 2022, 7:39 pm
    Edited: (Missed gnarchief's earlier post). Las Fuentes Bucktown opened over the weekend.

    gnarchief wrote:Just walked by longtime Bucktown staple (for when nowhere else is open) Lazo’s and all the signage is down with a temporary sign for a new taco place hanging up.

    Edit: looked more closely today and it’s a new branch of Las Fuentes, which has a Lincoln Park and two suburban locations: https://lasfuentesrestaurant.com/


    --
    edc
  • Post #226 - August 1st, 2022, 8:20 pm
    Post #226 - August 1st, 2022, 8:20 pm Post #226 - August 1st, 2022, 8:20 pm
    Polish Farm Market Opens In Former Portage Park Home Of Szymanski Deli.
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/08/01 ... nski-deli/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #227 - August 3rd, 2022, 11:42 pm
    Post #227 - August 3rd, 2022, 11:42 pm Post #227 - August 3rd, 2022, 11:42 pm
    Butera Market in Roselle is no more. It's now another outlet of Montrose Market. I visited yesterday. It's the largest Montrose, a lot larger than the two in the city and somewhat larger than the old Wally's in Mt. Prospect. Setup hasn't changed a lot from previous, and there are some things missing compared to the Mt. Prospect store: full service bakery, bulk kraut & herring, and some deli items. Maybe those are coming; it seems to be pretty early in the transition.
  • Post #228 - August 5th, 2022, 7:20 am
    Post #228 - August 5th, 2022, 7:20 am Post #228 - August 5th, 2022, 7:20 am
    MAD Social has closed permanently after six years in the West Loop, citing difficulties with staffing and inflation during the pandemic. Gina Stefani, daughter of restaurateur Phil Stefani, opened MAD Social in 2016 at 1140 W. Madison St.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/08/05 ... six-years/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #229 - August 6th, 2022, 4:49 pm
    Post #229 - August 6th, 2022, 4:49 pm Post #229 - August 6th, 2022, 4:49 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:From Facebook:

    Hot Chocolate Chicago is at Mindy’s Bakery.

    This Saturday is our LASTTTTT day at 1747 North Damen! You can preorder or the walkup window will be open at 8am, until it’s gone! All we can say is it’s been one hell of a ride…. If these walls could talk. We love you all and can’t wait to see you at the new space, hopefully soon. Our bakery will be located at 1623 North Milwaukee and is under construction currently. Of courseeee, we will be posting updates on our insta. ~Mindy #newbeginnings #xoMindy #dreambig #jamesbeard #bucktown

    Mindy’s Bakery, the hotly anticipated return from celebrated Chicago chef Mindy Segal, launched at long last over the weekend on Milwaukee Avenue.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/6/10/231 ... ummer-2022
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #230 - August 6th, 2022, 4:55 pm
    Post #230 - August 6th, 2022, 4:55 pm Post #230 - August 6th, 2022, 4:55 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Cathy2 wrote:From Facebook:

    Hot Chocolate Chicago is at Mindy’s Bakery.

    This Saturday is our LASTTTTT day at 1747 North Damen! You can preorder or the walkup window will be open at 8am, until it’s gone! All we can say is it’s been one hell of a ride…. If these walls could talk. We love you all and can’t wait to see you at the new space, hopefully soon. Our bakery will be located at 1623 North Milwaukee and is under construction currently. Of courseeee, we will be posting updates on our insta. ~Mindy #newbeginnings #xoMindy #dreambig #jamesbeard #bucktown

    Mindy’s Bakery, the hotly anticipated return from celebrated Chicago chef Mindy Segal, launched at long last over the weekend on Milwaukee Avenue.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/6/10/231 ... ummer-2022

    Nice! In the former Red Hen Bakery space.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #231 - August 7th, 2022, 11:06 am
    Post #231 - August 7th, 2022, 11:06 am Post #231 - August 7th, 2022, 11:06 am
    A dessert shop with an Asian flair is coming to Wheeling's Restaurant Row. Mochinut could open next spring at 322 N. Milwaukee Ave., village officials said Thursday. It's part of a national operation that launched in California in 2019.

    https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20 ... o-wheeling
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #232 - August 7th, 2022, 10:18 pm
    Post #232 - August 7th, 2022, 10:18 pm Post #232 - August 7th, 2022, 10:18 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    A dessert shop with an Asian flair is coming to Wheeling's Restaurant Row. Mochinut could open next spring at 322 N. Milwaukee Ave., village officials said Thursday. It's part of a national operation that launched in California in 2019.

    https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20 ... o-wheeling


    We're getting one in Arlington Heights, too- in the space that's been a couple of frozen yogurt places most recently, near AH Rd. & Sigwalt St.

    76 S Arlington Heights Rd
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • Post #233 - August 8th, 2022, 12:47 am
    Post #233 - August 8th, 2022, 12:47 am Post #233 - August 8th, 2022, 12:47 am
    Pips Meadery is moving into the former home of Only Child Brewing in Gurnee.

    Pips Meadery
    1350 Tri State Pkwy, Suite 124
    Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Post #234 - August 8th, 2022, 7:42 am
    Post #234 - August 8th, 2022, 7:42 am Post #234 - August 8th, 2022, 7:42 am
    Recently opened:
    Mel's Craft BBQ
    24 Main St.
    Park Ridge, IL 60068
    https://www.melsbbq.com/

    Mel’s Craft BBQ makes some of the best barbecue in Illinois

    Above quoted by Nick Kindelsperger in today's Trib.
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/r ... story.html
    Mel is Mel Thillens of the armored truck business.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #235 - August 8th, 2022, 8:18 am
    Post #235 - August 8th, 2022, 8:18 am Post #235 - August 8th, 2022, 8:18 am
    Speaking of BBQ, Lucy’s BBQ just opened in Highland, IN inside Brewfest. Owner is a guy from Hammond who moved to Austin for music, the band broke up, and he decided to pursue a passion for Central Texas BBQ. I haven’t been yet but hope to stop by and pick some up one of these weekends. Brewfest is right off the Borman expressway so pretty easy to get to, particularly if you’re on your way to Michigan or I-65.

    Nice write up in this weekend’s NWI Times.

    “ Kleutsch sought apprenticeships at some of the most acclaimed barbecue joints in central Texas. He ended up learning from Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis, a Texas Monthly Top 10 BBQ restaurant, and Ben Lambert, formerly of the acclaimed Franklin’s BBQ that people wait hours in line to get a table at, and now the owner of JNL BBQ.

    "I started asking those guys if they had jobs, saying I would work for free so long as I could learn from you," he said. "I got some shifts and learned to cook from them."

    “ Lucy's BBQ currently offers three sandwiches: brisket, pulled pork and a half-pound smoked prime cheeseburger made from trim from the brisket. It also has pork spare ribs that use craft beer to create a barbecue sauce that's used as a glaze.

    "Most places in NWI use a gas-assist cooker," he said. "We keep it Texas traditional with a 500-gallon all-wood offset smoker. I spend 12 to 15 hours a day feeding the smoker by hand, which creates a product that can never be replicated by an automated system."

    It's what he learned in Texas.

    "Central Texas is a mecca for barbecue," Kleutsch said. "The type of smoker used there is an old propane tank fed by all wood. A lot of the places out here people rave about use gas-assist smokers, where you press a button and the smoker does all the work. I load a log every 45 minutes. It's just me and the smoker and the meat. That's how you get moist ribs if you want it to fall off the bone a little bit. You just need some oak. White oak is really prevalent around here. Barbecue is about using what you've got."

    http://www.nwitimes.com/tncms/asset/editorial/f0354ffb-17e5-5a05-a004-6670e1e16e81.

    Not sure how permanent this is so figured I’d post it here and if they stick around, and/or open their own place, I can start a separate thread.
    For now:

    Lucy’s BBQ
    8347 Kennedy Ave.
    Highland, IN
    5:00–sold out, Thursday—Saturday
    219-513-8203
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Barbecue-Restaurant/Lucys-BBQ-100871809383462/
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  • Post #236 - August 8th, 2022, 12:36 pm
    Post #236 - August 8th, 2022, 12:36 pm Post #236 - August 8th, 2022, 12:36 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    A dessert shop with an Asian flair is coming to Wheeling's Restaurant Row. Mochinut could open next spring at 322 N. Milwaukee Ave., village officials said Thursday. It's part of a national operation that launched in California in 2019.

    https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20 ... o-wheeling


    That location is pretty parking-challenged. Our favorite "dive bar" hangout is next door and sometimes we use the small lot at 322 as overflow parking, but that nets only a handful of additional spots.
  • Post #237 - August 8th, 2022, 2:05 pm
    Post #237 - August 8th, 2022, 2:05 pm Post #237 - August 8th, 2022, 2:05 pm
    A Sweetgreen outpost is moving into Logan Apartments, the massive development that replaced the Discount Megamall at 2500 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/08/08 ... ee-avenue/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #238 - August 10th, 2022, 9:41 am
    Post #238 - August 10th, 2022, 9:41 am Post #238 - August 10th, 2022, 9:41 am
    Two recent Guatemalan additions to Albany Park:

    Atitlan Restaurant
    3119 W Lawrence Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (650) 531-0512 | (707) 712-3111

    Tikal Restaurant Chapin
    3216 W Lawrence Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 865-3909
    www.tikalchapin.com
  • Post #239 - August 11th, 2022, 7:27 pm
    Post #239 - August 11th, 2022, 7:27 pm Post #239 - August 11th, 2022, 7:27 pm
    Award-Winning Boka Is Opening a Japanese Restaurant in Lakeview
    https://chicago.eater.com/2022/8/11/233 ... t-corridor
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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