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  • Post #301 - June 27th, 2023, 5:32 am
    Post #301 - June 27th, 2023, 5:32 am Post #301 - June 27th, 2023, 5:32 am
    Dave148 wrote:Will’s Place
    7927 Lincoln Ave
    Skokie, IL 60077
    https://www.willsplaceskokie.com

    Opening July 8th.

    I am friends with the family involved with starting this place up, great folks. And in an historic area, as far as it being my old stomping grounds. Downtown Skokie has always been magic to me.

    Planning to get down there to check it out!
  • Post #302 - June 27th, 2023, 7:41 am
    Post #302 - June 27th, 2023, 7:41 am Post #302 - June 27th, 2023, 7:41 am
    jnm123 wrote:Downtown Skokie has always been magic to me.


    Yes, I'm sure I've seen a wizard or two walking out of Rich's Britches.
  • Post #303 - June 27th, 2023, 7:50 am
    Post #303 - June 27th, 2023, 7:50 am Post #303 - June 27th, 2023, 7:50 am
    spinynorman99 wrote:
    jnm123 wrote:Downtown Skokie has always been magic to me.


    Yes, I'm sure I've seen a wizard or two walking out of Rich's Britches.

    No, sir, we lived over a mile east in the K streets, but every weekend was right down there. Dick Longtin's Sports Huddle, Wolke & Schack, (I wouldn't know about) Schwartz's Corset Shop, Bill's Shoes, Dennis', Ben Franklin's 5 & 10, Pan-Inn and Country Cousin's to eat. Oh, and Ridley's when my dad had to pick up a sixer of Meister Brau to go.

    The revitalization of Skokie's Downtown over the decades has been frought with delays, inactivity and downright bad decisions, but it kinda sorta is a destination now, and I'll be happy to give them business.
  • Post #304 - June 27th, 2023, 10:10 am
    Post #304 - June 27th, 2023, 10:10 am Post #304 - June 27th, 2023, 10:10 am
    LPython wrote:
    The GP wrote:Another ice cream spot has opened at 5940 N Lincoln. Rita's of West Ridge has taken over the former Christian Science Reading Room.

    https://www.ritasice.com/location/ritas ... -ridge-il/


    Worth nothing: they have unusual Saturday hours (9 p.m.-11:45 p.m., yes both p.m., you read that right), presumably because the owners observe Shabbat.


    Yeah, the new Main Pizza Chalavi (formerly Gulliver's) on Howard was rocking this past Saturday night around 10:45, presumably for that reason.
  • Post #305 - June 27th, 2023, 4:11 pm
    Post #305 - June 27th, 2023, 4:11 pm Post #305 - June 27th, 2023, 4:11 pm
    Telegram Sam wrote:
    LPython wrote:
    The GP wrote:Another ice cream spot has opened at 5940 N Lincoln. Rita's of West Ridge has taken over the former Christian Science Reading Room.

    https://www.ritasice.com/location/ritas ... -ridge-il/


    Worth nothing: they have unusual Saturday hours (9 p.m.-11:45 p.m., yes both p.m., you read that right), presumably because the owners observe Shabbat.


    Yeah, the new Main Pizza Chalavi (formerly Gulliver's) on Howard was rocking this past Saturday night around 10:45, presumably for that reason.

    I don't think it's presumably when the restaurant is explicitly Kosher according to their website.
  • Post #306 - June 29th, 2023, 10:31 pm
    Post #306 - June 29th, 2023, 10:31 pm Post #306 - June 29th, 2023, 10:31 pm
    Taco Pros, a Mexican street food restaurant has just opened across the street from Jerrys Fruit Market in Niles.

    Taco Pros
    7874 N Milwaukee Ave,
    Niles, IL 60714
    https://tacopros.com/menu/
  • Post #307 - June 30th, 2023, 6:20 am
    Post #307 - June 30th, 2023, 6:20 am Post #307 - June 30th, 2023, 6:20 am
    Two updates at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect:
    1) Steak and Shake had been carryout-only during the pandemic, but all signs are now gone and it's completely dark.

    2) The former site of Naf Naf on the west edge of the center is now Hangry Joe's Hot Chicken, featuring chicken sandwiches, wings, etc. The menu looks a little schizophrenic, with Nashville and Korean chicken. Hope to try it soon (but Surf's Up keeps drawing my attention -- really good Po' Boys).

    Hangry Joe's Hot Chicken
    1025 N Elmhurst Rd
    Mount Prospect IL 60056
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #308 - July 3rd, 2023, 7:29 am
    Post #308 - July 3rd, 2023, 7:29 am Post #308 - July 3rd, 2023, 7:29 am
    Aura brings ahi tuna, lobster cake sliders, and more to Osterman Beach

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/6/30/237 ... enue-beach
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #309 - July 3rd, 2023, 4:21 pm
    Post #309 - July 3rd, 2023, 4:21 pm Post #309 - July 3rd, 2023, 4:21 pm
    Devil Dawgs – a Chicago outfit that will be opening a location at Church Street Plaza come September – plans on working with artists from Evanston.

    https://evanstonroundtable.com/2023/06/ ... gs-summer/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #310 - July 11th, 2023, 5:16 am
    Post #310 - July 11th, 2023, 5:16 am Post #310 - July 11th, 2023, 5:16 am
    Glenview village trustees have approved a loan to develop a downtown property referred to as a “significant eyesore” into a restaurant featuring a celebrity chef from Chicago.

    At a July 6 village board meeting, Glenview approved a $550,000 loan to assist in plans to develop the parcel at the corner of Waukegan Road and Grove Street, a project estimated to cost a total of $2.5 million for the land purchase and restaurant build out.

    A new restaurant called “The Filling Station” will be developed by Glenview resident and restaurateur Nick Philippas, managing partner of North Branch Pizza and Burger Company and the Joe Donut cafe and restaurant chain.

    The Filling Station will feature celebrity pastry chef and partner Kyleen Atonson of Chicago’s Lincoln Square. Atonson was the champion winner of Food Network’s “Chopped Sweets: Winter Celebration” culinary competition television show in 2019.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #311 - July 11th, 2023, 11:19 am
    Post #311 - July 11th, 2023, 11:19 am Post #311 - July 11th, 2023, 11:19 am
    XMarket Vegan Food Hall Opening In Uptown Later This Summer

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/07/11 ... is-summer/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #312 - July 11th, 2023, 10:13 pm
    Post #312 - July 11th, 2023, 10:13 pm Post #312 - July 11th, 2023, 10:13 pm
    Fry Chicken n Fries has opened in the same strip mall as Patel Brothers in Niles on Golf Road.

    Fry Chicken n Fries
    8432 W Golf Rd,
    Niles, IL 60714
  • Post #313 - July 12th, 2023, 3:47 pm
    Post #313 - July 12th, 2023, 3:47 pm Post #313 - July 12th, 2023, 3:47 pm
    Reza’s Downsizes In Andersonville

    ANDERSONVILLE — Reza’s Restaurant has consolidated its Andersonville location after its decades-long Clark Street home was sold to investors who plan to redevelop a portion of the building.

    The restaurant has consolidated into the southern portion of the complex at 5255 N. Clark St., confirmed Mitch Goltz, retail property investor who purchased the Reza’s building with a business partner.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/07/10 ... rime-spot/
  • Post #314 - July 12th, 2023, 8:21 pm
    Post #314 - July 12th, 2023, 8:21 pm Post #314 - July 12th, 2023, 8:21 pm
    Renga Tei is now open! The food tasted about the same which for my family is a good thing. Prices went up a little but that was to be expected. Menu for right now is smaller but will be expanding in the next few weeks. As we finished our dinner the new owner
    came over and introduced himself. He was gracious and humble which was refreshing.
    Renga Tei back in our weekly rotation!
  • Post #315 - July 14th, 2023, 8:20 am
    Post #315 - July 14th, 2023, 8:20 am Post #315 - July 14th, 2023, 8:20 am
    Jaffa Shawarma has opened as of 7/13 in the former Mr. Hummus Mediterranean Grill on Dempster St. in Skokie.

    Jaffa Shawarma
    3457 Dempster St,
    Skokie, IL 60076
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  • Post #316 - July 14th, 2023, 12:21 pm
    Post #316 - July 14th, 2023, 12:21 pm Post #316 - July 14th, 2023, 12:21 pm
    Owen and Engine is closing August 29th.
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0HGsQLMsYwnpohXeBSfz9kjztJHHvHUsJJLsev5msg19uXJ8jCrhs34zXpnWArb8Cl&id=100063569262735&mibextid=Nif5oz
  • Post #317 - July 14th, 2023, 1:08 pm
    Post #317 - July 14th, 2023, 1:08 pm Post #317 - July 14th, 2023, 1:08 pm

    Wow. What a shame.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #318 - July 14th, 2023, 6:03 pm
    Post #318 - July 14th, 2023, 6:03 pm Post #318 - July 14th, 2023, 6:03 pm
    The owners of VAI’s Italian Inspired Restaurant Kitchen + Bar in Naperville will open an American urban dining restaurant — Entourage — on July 27.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #319 - July 15th, 2023, 6:59 pm
    Post #319 - July 15th, 2023, 6:59 pm Post #319 - July 15th, 2023, 6:59 pm
    Highland Park news
    Terry’s Toffee is moving to 1853 2nd St., the former Panera Bread location, from its spot in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

    https://www.therecordnorthshore.org/202 ... land-park/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #320 - July 16th, 2023, 11:25 am
    Post #320 - July 16th, 2023, 11:25 am Post #320 - July 16th, 2023, 11:25 am
    Updates..

    marothisu wrote:Here's some that are coming in 2023:
    * Happy Lamb Hot Pot - 2707 N Clark St in Lincoln Park. Signs are up for it finally and they applied for a liquor license

    * Kurimu - 2668 N Halsted St in Lincoln Park. Another location of the small local Asian ice cream chain.

    * Sinya Mediterranean - 3725 W Chicago Ave in Humboldt Park. This is the 2nd location of the same restaurant in Roscoe Village.

    * Dimo's Pizza - 4647 N Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Square. Another location of the small chain in town. They applied for a liquor license recently

    * Pearl Club - 495 N Milwaukee Ave in River West. Not much info here other than Boka Group is behind this.

    * Bistro Monandock - 53 W Jackson Blvd in The Loop. A French bistro.

    * Te'amo Boba Bar - 835 N Michigan Ave in Gold Coast/Streeterville, in Water Tower Place. Another location of the small local bubble tea/Asian dessert chain.

    * 2AM Izakaya - 2218 N Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Park. A Japanese restaurant that may stay open late (what does this mean in the COVID era?). Replaced Xi'an Dynasty (RIP)

    * Gong Cha - 2233 N Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Park. A location of the international bubble tea chain

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

    * Pizzeria Uno - 1970 W Diversey Pkwy in North Center.

    * Boulevard Bistro - 2753 N Western Ave on the Logan Square/Lincoln Park border. Not much is known about this other than it replaces Cornerstone Cafe.

    * PTCI Express - 2136 W North Ave in Wicker Park. Another location of the health food cafe (sandwiches, smoothies, etc) that exists in Austin (Chicago, not TX).

    * Jordyn's Soul Cafe - 1160 W Grand Ave in West Town. Replaces Crazy Bird Chicken. Will be a soul food cafe that also has jerk chicken, some seafood, pasta, etc. I wonder if the same people behind Jordyn's Hibachi & Pizzeria that opened recently in Bronzeville are behind this. My money is on yes..

    * River North Bistro - 660 N State St in River North. A French bistro at Eurostars Hotel.

    * Magnifico Coffee - 3063 N Milwaukee Ave in Avondale. A Colombian coffee shop/cafe.

    * Almost Home Tavern & Grill - 3801 N Clark St in Wrigleyville. Replaces Aurelio's Pizza.

    * Fulla Bologna - 2101 W Touhy in Rogers Park. Another location of the suburban Italian deli.


    These are all open now.

    * Desert Hawk - 2049 W Division St in Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village. Not much is known about this other than those behind it are behind some bars/tavern/etc in Los Angeles/West Hollywood. This replaces Pub Royale (RIP)

    * Kilwins - 737 N Dearborn in River North. Ice cream..

    * Oro Chocolate Cafe - 1553 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park. The company is from Nicaragua with a founder from Chicago who operates hostels and other things down there.

    * The Void - 2937 N Milwaukee Ave in Avondale. Not sure what this is, but one of the guys behind this is the head chef of Wyler Road.


    Still in the works apparently

    * Afternoon - On Wentworth Ave in Chinatown. Korean concept only in NYC that serves up mochi donuts, coffee, croffles (croissant waffles), Korean food (i.e. breakfast sandwiches), etc. Will be very close (maybe next door) to the upcoming Paris Baguette.

    * Paris Baguette - On Wentworth Ave in Chinatown. Big Korean chain of bakeries. They're opening up a few other locations downtown too soon. Next to or very close to the upcoming Afternoon (see above).


    Not sure what's happening with these still.


    * Unknown - 36 S Michigan Ave in The Loop. An unknown named bubble tea cafe.


    Going to be a Te'Amo. In the works still

    * Unknown - 341 W Armitage Ave in Lincoln Park. An unknown named pizza take out spot.


    Still have no idea
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #321 - July 17th, 2023, 11:15 am
    Post #321 - July 17th, 2023, 11:15 am Post #321 - July 17th, 2023, 11:15 am
    Mrs Kays Kitchen, formerly on Oakton St in Skokie, has relocated to:
    1534 W Jarvis Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60626
    (847) 213-0997
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #322 - July 17th, 2023, 12:30 pm
    Post #322 - July 17th, 2023, 12:30 pm Post #322 - July 17th, 2023, 12:30 pm
    Add Land & Lake Andersonville to the list of former restaurants at 5420 N. Clark. They announced their closure via email and on their website.

    After more than 2 years operating on Clark St. the time has come for Land & Lake Andersonville to close our doors. Our final service will be Sunday, July 23rd.
    We have loved being a part of your celebrations and visiting with you over bubbly brunch and happy hour on our beautiful outdoor patio. Most of all we have enjoyed having you as our neighbors; the Andersonville community is truly a special one.

    We hope you’ll visit the other LM Restaurant Group restaurants when you choose to dine out. Especially Land & Lake Ravenswood, located a short distance away at 1970 W. Montrose at the corner of Montrose and Damen. Ajdin and his fabulous team will be moving to that location on July 25 and very much look forward to serving you there.

    Our popular Burger and Brew nights in partnership with local breweries will continue at Land & Lake Ravenswood as well as our brunch specials and happy hour deals. Ajdin and the team hope to see you on the rooftop this Summer!

    Thank you for dining with us, your support has meant so much.
    -Mary
  • Post #323 - July 18th, 2023, 1:03 pm
    Post #323 - July 18th, 2023, 1:03 pm Post #323 - July 18th, 2023, 1:03 pm
    Coming to the newish apartment complex in downtown Skokie:

    Ascione Bistro & Ascione Cafe
    8000 N. Lincoln Ave.
    It'll be two separate spots on the ground floor storefront of the building.

    Same owners as = https://ascionebistro.com/ = in Hyde Park
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #324 - July 18th, 2023, 5:37 pm
    Post #324 - July 18th, 2023, 5:37 pm Post #324 - July 18th, 2023, 5:37 pm
    * Mochinut - opening a new location in The Loop at 326 N Michigan Ave

    * The Copper Club - new cafe/brasserie either open or opening soon in The Loop at 70 W Madison.

    * The Frida Room - Opening a 2nd location in Lincoln Park on Clark St just north of Fullerton. Mexican American brunch place with a location on 18th St in Pilsen. Frida Kahlo themed.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #325 - July 18th, 2023, 9:23 pm
    Post #325 - July 18th, 2023, 9:23 pm Post #325 - July 18th, 2023, 9:23 pm
    marothisu wrote:* The Frida Room - Opening a 2nd location in Lincoln Park on Clark St just north of Fullerton. Mexican American brunch place with a location on 18th St in Pilsen. Frida Kahlo themed.

    I'm guessing it's not affiliated with Frida's, the Frida Kahlo themed Mexican-American brunch place in Evanston...?
  • Post #326 - July 19th, 2023, 6:53 am
    Post #326 - July 19th, 2023, 6:53 am Post #326 - July 19th, 2023, 6:53 am
    Dave148 wrote:Coming to the newish apartment complex in downtown Skokie:

    Ascione Bistro & Ascione Cafe
    8000 N. Lincoln Ave.
    It'll be two separate spots on the ground floor storefront of the building.

    Same owners as = https://ascionebistro.com/ = in Hyde Park

    Arses. They should've named it the 'Desiree Bistro'... :lol:
  • Post #327 - July 19th, 2023, 12:01 pm
    Post #327 - July 19th, 2023, 12:01 pm Post #327 - July 19th, 2023, 12:01 pm
    Bella Notte is leaving Chicago, citing crime and business-killing bureaucracy

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2 ... ureaucracy
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #328 - July 19th, 2023, 8:49 pm
    Post #328 - July 19th, 2023, 8:49 pm Post #328 - July 19th, 2023, 8:49 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Bella Notte is leaving Chicago, citing crime and business-killing bureaucracy

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2 ... ureaucracy


    This story is really something. Citing the Bulls and Blackhawks bad record as a reason too, despite the Bulls having literally the #1 attendance in the entire NBA last year at 20,527 average attendance per game and Blackhawks averaging over 17,000 a game last year. It's like they don't understand that there's a fairly new, trendy area right near U/C full of restaurants now and it's very popular.

    I wish them well, but this guy seems a bit full of it with a lot of this.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #329 - July 19th, 2023, 9:17 pm
    Post #329 - July 19th, 2023, 9:17 pm Post #329 - July 19th, 2023, 9:17 pm
    marothisu wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Bella Notte is leaving Chicago, citing crime and business-killing bureaucracy

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2 ... ureaucracy


    I wish them well, but this guy seems a bit full of it with a lot of this.


    “No one comes to the city from the suburbs anymore. Crime is out of control — gun violence, car jackings, you name it,” Aguirre said. “How can you take your family out to eat if you’re worried something is going to happen?”

    Aguirre added that real estate taxes have cost the restaurant a lot — the building has been for sale for almost a year — and the cost of coming to the West Loop is not worth it for many customers.

    “Everything is a money grab,” he said. “Speed cameras, red light tickets, valet parking — it all adds up. DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats have killed us. They were charging 30% for deliveries. What happened to the city capping it?”


    The owner if this restaurant seems to not have any acceptance of his own failures.. Like upkeep and fixing the sign or lights before being fined. Maybe its a failure of his poor management skills (adjusting to the new market) and the gentrification of the area with much more competition in the area with newer more innovative restaurants.
  • Post #330 - July 20th, 2023, 6:05 am
    Post #330 - July 20th, 2023, 6:05 am Post #330 - July 20th, 2023, 6:05 am
    marothisu wrote:DeNucci's Italian which I've written about, coming sometime this spring, applied for a liquor license. They finally have a website too. Opening at Lincoln, Dickens, and Cleveland.

    https://denuccisitalian.com

    DeNuccis combines the best Italian-American cuisine with the modern and approachable concept Ballyhoo is best known for. From classic dishes like Artichoke Vesuvio, Mozzarella al Forno, and Veal Marsala to nightly specials like Chicken Scarpariello and Lasagna Bolognese, DeNuccis pairs incredible cuisine with an all-Italian wine list. With approachable bottles and undiscovered gems, each glass contributes to an unforgettable feel-good dining experience. Ballyhoo’s Pizzaiolo Salvatore "Sal" Lo Cascio brings his beloved pizzas to DeNuccis, to round out the menu.

    The interior combines fresh design, an inviting ambiance, old-school Italian charm, refinished modern appeal, and restored elements of the historic Four Farthings Tavern and Grill.


    As per the Ballyhoo Hospitality website, DeNucci's is now open.
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com

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