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  • Post #61 - January 19th, 2023, 9:20 pm
    Post #61 - January 19th, 2023, 9:20 pm Post #61 - January 19th, 2023, 9:20 pm
    excelsior wrote:Walking home from Old Town School last night, saw that Boonie's Filipino Restaurant was coming soon to 4337 N. Western. I think they are also at the Revival Food Hall.


    Not also. They moved from Revival to Lincoln Square.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #62 - January 21st, 2023, 1:06 pm
    Post #62 - January 21st, 2023, 1:06 pm Post #62 - January 21st, 2023, 1:06 pm
    A new Venezuelan restaurant, El Rincon de Fabio, has opened in Uptown on Argyle St. it replaces the old Rhapsody on Argyle. This is basically across the street from the Chilean empanada eatery Don Pablo.

    El Rincon de Fabio
    1002 W Argyle St
    Open Fri - Sun 11am - 8pm
    (773) 957-3962

    https://elrincondefabio.com/
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  • Post #63 - January 21st, 2023, 1:11 pm
    Post #63 - January 21st, 2023, 1:11 pm Post #63 - January 21st, 2023, 1:11 pm
    A new Japanese spot has opened in Lincoln Park, taking the place of Xi'an Dynasty. Called 2am Izakaya, it is actually open til 2am every night. A big portion of their menu is yakitori and sushi, but they also have some takoyaki, udon, fried rice, etc

    2am Izakaya
    2218 N Lincoln Ave
    Open Mon - Sun 4:30pm - 2am
    (773) 882-2363

    https://www.2amizakaya.com
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  • Post #64 - January 21st, 2023, 1:45 pm
    Post #64 - January 21st, 2023, 1:45 pm Post #64 - January 21st, 2023, 1:45 pm
    marothisu wrote:https://www.2amizakaya.com

    The website is very much under construction but there's 10% off on all "in store orders" which I assume means dine-in.
  • Post #65 - January 21st, 2023, 3:41 pm
    Post #65 - January 21st, 2023, 3:41 pm Post #65 - January 21st, 2023, 3:41 pm
    tjr wrote:
    marothisu wrote:https://www.2amizakaya.com

    The website is very much under construction but there's 10% off on all "in store orders" which I assume means dine-in.


    Yeah, most likely. At least they have a menu up on their site:
    https://www.2amizakaya.com/menu
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  • Post #66 - January 21st, 2023, 3:47 pm
    Post #66 - January 21st, 2023, 3:47 pm Post #66 - January 21st, 2023, 3:47 pm
    A Korean restaurant has replaced a Chinese skewer hot pot restaurant in Bridgeport on Halsted St.

    Han Mi Jeong
    3335 S Halsted St
    Open Mon - Sun 11am - 9pm
    312-684-8888

    https://hanmijeong.com
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  • Post #67 - January 24th, 2023, 9:31 am
    Post #67 - January 24th, 2023, 9:31 am Post #67 - January 24th, 2023, 9:31 am
    Dak, the Korean and chicken wing spot in Edgewater, seems to have quietly closed their doors. Google and Yelp are reporting that it is permanently closed, the phone number seems to be disconnected and their website has gone "private." https://www.dakwings.com/home
  • Post #68 - January 26th, 2023, 4:01 pm
    Post #68 - January 26th, 2023, 4:01 pm Post #68 - January 26th, 2023, 4:01 pm
    The former location of Tavern on Rush in the Gold Coast is about to have a new tenant. Per a news release sent out Thursday morning, The Bellevue is set to open late this Spring at 1031 North Rush Street in Chicago.

    https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/new ... ush-space/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #69 - January 27th, 2023, 4:06 pm
    Post #69 - January 27th, 2023, 4:06 pm Post #69 - January 27th, 2023, 4:06 pm
    Owners of Bennison's Bakery in Evanston opening breakfast and lunch restaurant (with bakery) EvaDean's in Wilmette. Estimate is for July.
    https://evanstonnow.com/bennisons-to-open-cafe-in-wilmette/
  • Post #70 - January 28th, 2023, 8:53 am
    Post #70 - January 28th, 2023, 8:53 am Post #70 - January 28th, 2023, 8:53 am
    marothisu wrote:
    * Boulevard Bistro - 2753 N Western Ave on the Logan Square/Lincoln Park border.

    Breakfast and lunch spot Boulevard Bistro is open at 2753 N. Western in the former home of 17-year-old neighborhood staple Cornerstone Cafe. It features an egg-heavy menu of morning and midday favorites such as Benedicts and huevos rancheros as well as French toast, crepes, sandwiches, and gluten-free dishes.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/1/6/2354 ... inter-2023
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #71 - January 31st, 2023, 8:20 am
    Post #71 - January 31st, 2023, 8:20 am Post #71 - January 31st, 2023, 8:20 am
    According to the staff at Aboyer Sunday night, the new Mexican restaurant, Fonda, from the George Trois Group, will have a friends and family opening 2/8, with the official soft opening 2/9. It will be in the former Stained Glass space.

    Fonda Cantina
    1735 Benson Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201
  • Post #72 - January 31st, 2023, 12:01 pm
    Post #72 - January 31st, 2023, 12:01 pm Post #72 - January 31st, 2023, 12:01 pm
    nr706 wrote:According to the staff at Aboyer Sunday night, the new Mexican restaurant, Fonda, from the George Trois Group, will have a friends and family opening 2/8, with the official soft opening 2/9. It will be in the former Stained Glass space.

    Fonda Cantina
    1735 Benson Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201


    Thanks! Love me some serious Mexican.
  • Post #73 - February 1st, 2023, 3:11 pm
    Post #73 - February 1st, 2023, 3:11 pm Post #73 - February 1st, 2023, 3:11 pm
    Raising Cane's has applied to build a dual-drive-through restaurant at Rand and Central in Mount Prospect, the former site of Century Tile.

    It's a godawful place for a drive-through: that's a hazardous, messy corner.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #74 - February 1st, 2023, 4:57 pm
    Post #74 - February 1st, 2023, 4:57 pm Post #74 - February 1st, 2023, 4:57 pm
    JoelF wrote:Raising Cane's has applied to build a dual-drive-through restaurant at Rand and Central in Mount Prospect, the former site of Century Tile.

    It's a godawful place for a drive-through: that's a hazardous, messy corner.

    Odd coincidence: Like Cane's in Gurnee, it's very near a Menards. Hope that unlike Gurnee, there aren't insane traffic tieups for the first month.
  • Post #75 - February 2nd, 2023, 10:51 am
    Post #75 - February 2nd, 2023, 10:51 am Post #75 - February 2nd, 2023, 10:51 am
    JoelF wrote:Raising Cane's has applied to build a dual-drive-through restaurant at Rand and Central in Mount Prospect, the former site of Century Tile.

    It's a godawful place for a drive-through: that's a hazardous, messy corner.


    Oh, no. That is right by my Mom's house.
  • Post #76 - February 2nd, 2023, 11:06 am
    Post #76 - February 2nd, 2023, 11:06 am Post #76 - February 2nd, 2023, 11:06 am
    Telegram Sam wrote:
    JoelF wrote:Raising Cane's has applied to build a dual-drive-through restaurant at Rand and Central in Mount Prospect, the former site of Century Tile.

    It's a godawful place for a drive-through: that's a hazardous, messy corner.


    Oh, no. That is right by my Mom's house.

    at dailyherald.com, Steve Zalusky wrote:Raising Cane's wants to bring its chicken fingers and special sauce to Mount Prospect.

    But that's raising concerns among some residents who worry the fast-food restaurant would cause more traffic woes at a frequently clogged intersection.

    Mount Prospect's planning and zoning commission last week recommended the village board grant a conditional use permit for a Raising Cane's with a drive-through at 915 E. Rand Road.

    The existing Century Tile building there would be demolished to make way for a 3,661-square-foot restaurant accommodating 44 indoor seats and 50 seats on the patio. It would be expected to open in September 2024.

    Residents have raised concerns about the location, which is bounded by Rand, Central and Mount Prospect roads, as well as Albert Street.

    The intersection often is plagued by prolonged wait times and long queues of vehicles, residents say.

    Drivers would access the restaurant through a right-in, right-out entrance at Rand Road and an entrance from Albert Street. Bowing to neighborhood concerns, right turns onto Albert would be prohibited.

    However, resident Steven Polit said drivers from streets other than Rand Road would face some challenges.

    "The only way that you can get to the restaurant from the south, from the east or from the west is to enter the site through Albert Street," he said, adding that drivers leaving the site to go north or east also would likely take Albert.

    Rory Fancler, a planner with the traffic engineering firm hired by Raising Cane's, said many of the residents' concerns are due to existing conditions. Significant improvements are planned for the intersection, including additional turn lanes and signal modifications to improve traffic flow, she added.

    Raising Cane's plan raising traffic concerns in Mount Prospect

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #77 - February 2nd, 2023, 4:09 pm
    Post #77 - February 2nd, 2023, 4:09 pm Post #77 - February 2nd, 2023, 4:09 pm
    I'm compelled to chime in again, but WTF?? This is a fast food place that sells one item? Who thought this was a good idea? And who is buying these? I somewhat get Chick-fil-a, it's a quality product with some product diversity, but an all-tenders, all-the-time concept genuinely boggles my mind. I'm clearly in the minority but seriously, what a bizarre idea.
  • Post #78 - February 2nd, 2023, 5:44 pm
    Post #78 - February 2nd, 2023, 5:44 pm Post #78 - February 2nd, 2023, 5:44 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:I'm compelled to chime in again, but WTF?? This is a fast food place that sells one item? Who thought this was a good idea? And who is buying these? I somewhat get Chick-fil-a, it's a quality product with some product diversity, but an all-tenders, all-the-time concept genuinely boggles my mind. I'm clearly in the minority but seriously, what a bizarre idea.


    LOL, only because if you came out by me in Plainfield, you would pass not only Cane's, but also their top competitor, Slim Chickens.

    https://slimchickens.com/

    With over 100 locations, it's the "up and comer" to Cane's 600 locations, 2003 start to Cane's 1996 start.

    There's Gold in them there fingers!


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slim_Chickens
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_C ... en_Fingers
    Bill-Plainfield
  • Post #79 - February 2nd, 2023, 6:36 pm
    Post #79 - February 2nd, 2023, 6:36 pm Post #79 - February 2nd, 2023, 6:36 pm
    There's also Zaxby's, with a menu selection sort of between Cane's and Slim Chickens (Slim Chickens has more side choices, chicken sandwiches and salads.) Zaxby's hasn't come to Chicagoland yet tho. I think the closest is in Indianapolis.
  • Post #80 - February 3rd, 2023, 5:25 am
    Post #80 - February 3rd, 2023, 5:25 am Post #80 - February 3rd, 2023, 5:25 am
    marothisu wrote:Here's some that are coming in 2023:

    ...

    * Taco Maya - 3053 N Ashland Ave in Lakeview. A location of the small local chain of Mexican eateries.

    ...




    Taco Maya announced the opening of their location next to Redhot Ranch.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cn-XG59OBvg/

    Image

    --
    edc
  • Post #81 - February 3rd, 2023, 10:48 am
    Post #81 - February 3rd, 2023, 10:48 am Post #81 - February 3rd, 2023, 10:48 am
    spinynorman99 wrote:I'm compelled to chime in again, but WTF?? This is a fast food place that sells one item? Who thought this was a good idea? And who is buying these? I somewhat get Chick-fil-a, it's a quality product with some product diversity, but an all-tenders, all-the-time concept genuinely boggles my mind. I'm clearly in the minority but seriously, what a bizarre idea.


    I watched a YouTube video about them a few weeks ago. Pretty interesting story. He came up with the idea as a project for a business class in college, professor gave him a low grade and told him it would never work. Wanted to prove the professor wrong so he went to several banks for business loans and got turned down by all of them for the same reason. Then went out to the west coast to work some high risk/high pay jobs until he had saved enough to self-finance his first restaurant. Now he's a multi-millionaire all due to a business plan everyone told him would never work.
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #82 - February 3rd, 2023, 11:15 am
    Post #82 - February 3rd, 2023, 11:15 am Post #82 - February 3rd, 2023, 11:15 am
    Coogles wrote:
    spinynorman99 wrote:I'm compelled to chime in again, but WTF?? This is a fast food place that sells one item? Who thought this was a good idea? And who is buying these? I somewhat get Chick-fil-a, it's a quality product with some product diversity, but an all-tenders, all-the-time concept genuinely boggles my mind. I'm clearly in the minority but seriously, what a bizarre idea.


    I watched a YouTube video about them a few weeks ago. Pretty interesting story. He came up with the idea as a project for a business class in college, professor gave him a low grade and told him it would never work. Wanted to prove the professor wrong so he went to several banks for business loans and got turned down by all of them for the same reason. Then went out to the west coast to work some high risk/high pay jobs until he had saved enough to self-finance his first restaurant. Now he's a multi-millionaire all due to a business plan everyone told him would never work.
    Thanks for posting that. Funny how somethings that are suppose to never work, do. Heck Monopoly breaks all the rules for a board game and it is still around.
    The thing about quotes on the internet is you can not confirm their validity. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Post #83 - February 3rd, 2023, 11:34 am
    Post #83 - February 3rd, 2023, 11:34 am Post #83 - February 3rd, 2023, 11:34 am
    Xexo wrote:Now he's a multi-millionaire all due to a business plan everyone told him would never work.


    It's absolutely nutty. It's the scotch tape store of the fast food industry.
  • Post #84 - February 3rd, 2023, 12:22 pm
    Post #84 - February 3rd, 2023, 12:22 pm Post #84 - February 3rd, 2023, 12:22 pm
    Cane's founder did an in-depth interview last year on one of NPR's financial shows ("Planet Money" or "How I Built This", don't remember exactly which). He said his original target market was fellow college students looking for a quick, inexpensive late night meal; either as an after bar snack, or to get them through late night studies.

    Like others have stated, his success remains a mystery to me. He's serving the least desirable part of the least desirable part of a chicken, and people are gobbling it up. Tried it once and was deeply unimpressed. I'll give it another try when they start serving thighs. Not likely to happen, though.

    Buddy
  • Post #85 - February 3rd, 2023, 1:11 pm
    Post #85 - February 3rd, 2023, 1:11 pm Post #85 - February 3rd, 2023, 1:11 pm
    Three More Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers Coming to Chicagoland. Upcoming locations in Westmont, Montgomery, and Naperville

    https://whatnowchicago.com/three-more-f ... icagoland/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #86 - February 4th, 2023, 12:01 pm
    Post #86 - February 4th, 2023, 12:01 pm Post #86 - February 4th, 2023, 12:01 pm
    A coffee shop is opening in Lincoln Park, which exists right outside of the Princeton University campus in NJ. It sounds as if the owners are returning home to Chicago, or at least returning to open up something here. Across from a Starbucks here..

    Opening hopefully soon (this has been delayed)
    Sakrid Coffee
    2060 N Clark St

    https://sakridcoffee.com
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  • Post #87 - February 4th, 2023, 5:40 pm
    Post #87 - February 4th, 2023, 5:40 pm Post #87 - February 4th, 2023, 5:40 pm
    OKAY Cannabis/West Town Bakery Cafe & Lounge has opened in the former Twin Peaks Restaurant space in Wheeling which closed in 2019. This is the First cannabis store with a bar and a bakery under the same roof open in Illinois.

    The first store in Illinois to combine marijuana and alcohol sales opened Wednesday in Wheeling, with its owners hoping to make it a place for customers to hang out and relax.

    Okay Cannabis is unlike any other business in the state, hosting licensed cannabis sales under the same roof with West Town Bakery, which serves beer, wine and liquor as well as bakery goods and other food.

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

    OKAY Cannabis
    781 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    https://www.okaycannabis.com/
  • Post #88 - February 5th, 2023, 6:46 pm
    Post #88 - February 5th, 2023, 6:46 pm Post #88 - February 5th, 2023, 6:46 pm
    bweiny wrote:Owners of Bennison's Bakery in Evanston opening breakfast and lunch restaurant (with bakery) EvaDean's in Wilmette. Estimate is for July.
    https://evanstonnow.com/bennisons-to-open-cafe-in-wilmette/

    As previously reported here. :mrgreen:

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