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  • Post #211 - April 23rd, 2018, 8:27 am
    Post #211 - April 23rd, 2018, 8:27 am Post #211 - April 23rd, 2018, 8:27 am
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin?

    Just guessing, but maybe that Lincoln Square restaurant was forced to change the name due to legal rights of the longtime Skokie restaurant of the same name.

    I was hoping it had changed management. I went there once last summer and found it just "typical". It's very close to me and I would love a really good restaurant there.
  • Post #212 - April 24th, 2018, 6:50 am
    Post #212 - April 24th, 2018, 6:50 am Post #212 - April 24th, 2018, 6:50 am
    Ex-Longman & Eagle Chef Is Taking Over the 42 Grams Space

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/4/23/172 ... erney-chef
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #213 - April 24th, 2018, 6:56 am
    Post #213 - April 24th, 2018, 6:56 am Post #213 - April 24th, 2018, 6:56 am
    nice^
  • Post #214 - April 24th, 2018, 8:50 am
    Post #214 - April 24th, 2018, 8:50 am Post #214 - April 24th, 2018, 8:50 am
    knitgirl wrote:
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin?

    Just guessing, but maybe that Lincoln Square restaurant was forced to change the name due to legal rights of the longtime Skokie restaurant of the same name.

    I was hoping it had changed management. I went there once last summer and found it just "typical". It's very close to me and I would love a really good restaurant there.

    The menu is now online, they've got some things I'm very interested in trying, like pork belly tacos, baja tacos, and elotes.
  • Post #215 - April 24th, 2018, 6:28 pm
    Post #215 - April 24th, 2018, 6:28 pm Post #215 - April 24th, 2018, 6:28 pm
    The new McDonald's at their HQ is opening tomorrow which will feature a rotation of international menu items that you can't get anywhere else in the US. Looks pretty trendy inside, has touchscreens too and table service.

    Some of the international menu items at opening will be loaded bacon cheese fries from Australia, Angus burger from Canada, a spicy chicken sandwich from Hong Kong, a few salads from France, and a McFlurry Prestigio from Brazil. Also have a "Latin American Dessert Center" or something.

    Should be interesting...definitely not your average McDonald's.

    110 N Carpenter St (Carpenter & Randolph)
  • Post #216 - April 25th, 2018, 7:29 am
    Post #216 - April 25th, 2018, 7:29 am Post #216 - April 25th, 2018, 7:29 am
    marothisu wrote:The new McDonald's at their HQ is opening tomorrow which will feature a rotation of international menu items that you can't get anywhere else in the US. Looks pretty trendy inside, has touchscreens too and table service.

    Some of the international menu items at opening will be loaded bacon cheese fries from Australia, Angus burger from Canada, a spicy chicken sandwich from Hong Kong, a few salads from France, and a McFlurry Prestigio from Brazil. Also have a "Latin American Dessert Center" or something.

    Should be interesting...definitely not your average McDonald's.

    110 N Carpenter St (Carpenter & Randolph)

    Inside the McDonald's at the company's new HQ

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... adquarters
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #217 - April 25th, 2018, 10:25 am
    Post #217 - April 25th, 2018, 10:25 am Post #217 - April 25th, 2018, 10:25 am
    You have to be a subscriber with Crain's to see the McDonald's article.
  • Post #218 - April 25th, 2018, 10:44 am
    Post #218 - April 25th, 2018, 10:44 am Post #218 - April 25th, 2018, 10:44 am
    Ram4 wrote:You have to be a subscriber with Crain's to see the McDonald's article.

    Copy the text into your browser and do a search. It’ll get you behind the paywall.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #219 - April 26th, 2018, 10:25 pm
    Post #219 - April 26th, 2018, 10:25 pm Post #219 - April 26th, 2018, 10:25 pm
    Café Pyrenees just posted this on Facebook:
    Dear Cafe Pyrenees Family,
    Our lights will turn off, and our doors will lock for the last time after our final dinner service on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 1762 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL.
    Many have asked if there will be a final celebration? The answer is no. The celebration has been the incredible customers and staff we have had the pleasure to get to spend our time with and serve over the past 28 years.
    We thank you for all the life moments you have shared with the Loustaunau and Cafe Pyrenees Family during our tenure.
    We cherish each of you and will hold onto those memories forever. Thank you for becoming a part of our family and helping us to build and create our wonderful and personalized French family establishment where everyone knew your name. We will forever miss you.
    Bon Appetit,
    Chef Jean-Marc, Mari, Jessica, Christopher, Nicolas and the Cafe Pyrenees Staff
    "No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else." -P. T. Barnum
    September 7, 1990 - April 28th, 2018
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

    http://midwestmaize.wordpress.com
  • Post #220 - April 27th, 2018, 8:46 am
    Post #220 - April 27th, 2018, 8:46 am Post #220 - April 27th, 2018, 8:46 am
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin? Have personal interest in this due to having been condo owners in the building that Faby and Hector built and lived in for awhile.


    Had dinner there last night, it's the next generation of the family taking over. I thought what I had was a huge improvement over what I'd had there last summer.
  • Post #221 - April 27th, 2018, 10:36 am
    Post #221 - April 27th, 2018, 10:36 am Post #221 - April 27th, 2018, 10:36 am
    Uptown Donuts opened its doors last Monday just west of the Wilson Red Line on the north side of the street (across from Truman College).

    1122 W Wilson
    (773) 942-6125
    Facebook
  • Post #222 - May 1st, 2018, 7:06 pm
    Post #222 - May 1st, 2018, 7:06 pm Post #222 - May 1st, 2018, 7:06 pm
    And soon the big boy is opening - Woodman's on the edge of Riverwoods and Buffalo Grove.
    AlexG wrote: Read this quickly and thought for a second that the actual Big Boy was making a Chicago-area comeback.
    Will Woodman's be able to smuggle any Spotted Cow and Moon Man over the border?
    It could, if it were to apply for Illinois licensing for "Woodman's Pale Ale", or some other brand name, and show its location as New Glarus, WI. :twisted:
    Learn what Bing prefers you not know: https://www.dialup4less.com/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #223 - May 2nd, 2018, 5:25 am
    Post #223 - May 2nd, 2018, 5:25 am Post #223 - May 2nd, 2018, 5:25 am
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin? Have personal interest in this due to having been condo owners in the building that Faby and Hector built and lived in for awhile.

    Hector passed away in October. The restaurant is still in family hands though I'm unsure of the relation between the previous and new management.


    nsxtasy wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin?

    Just guessing, but maybe that Lincoln Square restaurant was forced to change the name due to legal rights of the longtime Skokie restaurant of the same name.

    They are or at least used to be run by the same family. The Skokie location is as close to identical as you can get to the old El Tipico that was caddy-corner from the current El Catran before it closed, got torn down, and replaced by that monstrosity of a condo building sitting there currently. They even have the same chairs the old Bowmanville location had.
  • Post #224 - May 2nd, 2018, 11:09 am
    Post #224 - May 2nd, 2018, 11:09 am Post #224 - May 2nd, 2018, 11:09 am
    Drover wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin? Have personal interest in this due to having been condo owners in the building that Faby and Hector built and lived in for awhile.

    Hector passed away in October. The restaurant is still in family hands though I'm unsure of the relation between the previous and new management.


    nsxtasy wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:Does anyone know the story of what happened to change El Tipico to El Catrin?

    Just guessing, but maybe that Lincoln Square restaurant was forced to change the name due to legal rights of the longtime Skokie restaurant of the same name.

    They are or at least used to be run by the same family. The Skokie location is as close to identical as you can get to the old El Tipico that was caddy-corner from the current El Catran before it closed, got torn down, and replaced by that monstrosity of a condo building sitting there currently. They even have the same chairs the old Bowmanville location had.

    They told me (above) that it is the same family, at least in Bowmanville. They added a very nice outside eating area.
  • Post #225 - May 2nd, 2018, 11:14 am
    Post #225 - May 2nd, 2018, 11:14 am Post #225 - May 2nd, 2018, 11:14 am
    The second outpost of Viaggio has opened in the old Merlo's spot in the Ravinia district in Highland Park.

    https://www.viaggiohighlandpark.com/
    Phone: 847-926-3441
    581 Roger Williams Ave,
    Highland Park, IL 60035
  • Post #226 - May 3rd, 2018, 7:23 am
    Post #226 - May 3rd, 2018, 7:23 am Post #226 - May 3rd, 2018, 7:23 am
    Boxcar Betty’s is bringing its southern fried chicken sandwiches from Charleston, South Carolina, to Chicago later this month. The fast-casual restaurant serves fried and breaded chicken breasts that are brined for 24 hours at their two locations in South Carolina. Its first location outside of the state should open sometime in May at Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison Street.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/5/2/1731 ... restaurant
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #227 - May 3rd, 2018, 3:35 pm
    Post #227 - May 3rd, 2018, 3:35 pm Post #227 - May 3rd, 2018, 3:35 pm
    Dave148 wrote:The fast-casual restaurant serves fried and breaded chicken breasts that are brined for 24 hours at their two locations in South Carolina. Its first location outside of the state should open sometime in May at Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison Street.

    What :shock: ? They're brining the chicken breasts in South Carolina? So then they take them out of the brine and put them on a truck and drive them another 24 hours to Chicago?

    Either that's not true ("Where have all the editors gone, long time passing?") or it is, in which case, I'm not paying for it.
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #228 - May 3rd, 2018, 4:12 pm
    Post #228 - May 3rd, 2018, 4:12 pm Post #228 - May 3rd, 2018, 4:12 pm
    Katie wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:The fast-casual restaurant serves fried and breaded chicken breasts that are brined for 24 hours at their two locations in South Carolina. Its first location outside of the state should open sometime in May at Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison Street.

    What :shock: ? They're brining the chicken breasts in South Carolina? So then they take them out of the brine and put them on a truck and drive them another 24 hours to Chicago?

    Either that's not true ("Where have all the editors gone, long time passing?") or it is, in which case, I'm not paying for it.


    LOL. Katie...the queen of literal interpretations.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #229 - May 3rd, 2018, 4:12 pm
    Post #229 - May 3rd, 2018, 4:12 pm Post #229 - May 3rd, 2018, 4:12 pm
    Dave quoted Eater, which has had editing/accuracy problems. Note that in their obituary for Florence Berman they have the address for the Chicago location as 3344 N. Kimball.

    Maybe Lincoln Square Fixture Opart Thai Closes Original Location After 34 Years is more accurate.

    Edit after rereading Eater article:
    While Lincoln Square grabs headlines as a German-American hub, over the last four decades the city’s Thai community has settled in on Western Avenue and opened several restaurants including Thai Oscar, Spoon Thai, Thai Room, Sticky Rice, and Rainbow Thai.
    While Thai Oscar did open on Western Avenue, it closed. Technically accurate but oblivious to the fact that the storefront now houses Pho's Spicier Thai Cuisine.
  • Post #230 - May 3rd, 2018, 8:10 pm
    Post #230 - May 3rd, 2018, 8:10 pm Post #230 - May 3rd, 2018, 8:10 pm
    Driving past this evening, I noticed that the new Culvers in Harwood Heights is Now Open.

    4538 N Harlem Ave
    Harwood Heights, IL 60706
    708-320-2092
    website
  • Post #231 - May 4th, 2018, 8:07 am
    Post #231 - May 4th, 2018, 8:07 am Post #231 - May 4th, 2018, 8:07 am
    Per their web page, Truco Taco at Randhurst has closed. The store itself has a "closed for remodeling" sign, but appears to be more permanent.

    I'm sorry to see it go -- I was only in a handful of times, but the food was always tasty, well-presented and creative... although as time went on, they lost more and more of the creativity in an attempt to capture more market, adding hamburgers, and losing things like lamb chorizo.

    There appears to be a market for upscale Mexican -- Mesa Urbana on Milwaukee always appears to be crowded -- but perhaps not at Randhurst next to the movie theater.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #232 - May 7th, 2018, 3:37 am
    Post #232 - May 7th, 2018, 3:37 am Post #232 - May 7th, 2018, 3:37 am
    Drover wrote:COMING SOON:
    1) Aztlan, in the space just vacated by Salsa & Chips
    2) Lucky Charm Cafe at 3600 W. Irving Park, directly across from McDonald's
    https://www.facebook.com/LuckyCharmCafeChicago/

    Now open.

    Aztlan
    3358 W. Montrose
    773-463-2774
    http://aztlan-mexican-grill-1inc.business.site/
  • Post #233 - May 9th, 2018, 12:45 pm
    Post #233 - May 9th, 2018, 12:45 pm Post #233 - May 9th, 2018, 12:45 pm
    New addition to the north Franklin Street loop area...

    In what was the Perry's Deli and short lived Firefin Poke slot comes 65 Poke Sushi.

    Not sure if it's a relation to the 65 Chinese group or where the sushi part comes in - other than they have the ahi and salmon poke bowls. Also added are chicken, tofu and grilled shrimp as options. You can also have your bowl in a burrito!

    174 N Franklin

    and apparently also at 500 W Madison (Ogilvie Center food court)
  • Post #234 - May 9th, 2018, 1:04 pm
    Post #234 - May 9th, 2018, 1:04 pm Post #234 - May 9th, 2018, 1:04 pm
    Dos Toros Taqueria has opened at 300 S. Wacker. Long lines on Monday night when they were giving away a burrito to celebrate their opening.

    Dos Toros Taqueria
    300 S Wacker
    Chicago, IL 60606
    -Mary
  • Post #235 - May 9th, 2018, 4:00 pm
    Post #235 - May 9th, 2018, 4:00 pm Post #235 - May 9th, 2018, 4:00 pm
    Lettuce Entertain You opening Aba in Fulton Market
    https://trib.in/2FYMKEU
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #236 - May 10th, 2018, 4:54 pm
    Post #236 - May 10th, 2018, 4:54 pm Post #236 - May 10th, 2018, 4:54 pm
    Former Opart Thai Chef Taking Over Lincoln Square Restaurant from Eater.
    One of the restaurant’s longtime chefs, a worker who’s good friends with Opart co-founder Mookda Punmit, will open Green Leaf Thai Cuisine hopefully later this month at 4658 N. Lincoln Avenue.


    Text indicates that Green Leaf Thai Cuisine will be in the Opart space, which is at 4658 N. Western. I am not sure whether 4658 N Lincoln is the parking lot where the Lincoln Square farmers' markets are, the building just south of there which houses a health club, or some CTA property. I hope that the rest of Eater's details are more accurate than the address.
  • Post #237 - May 10th, 2018, 9:08 pm
    Post #237 - May 10th, 2018, 9:08 pm Post #237 - May 10th, 2018, 9:08 pm
    abe_froeman wrote:Meat & Potato Eatery is opening at 927 Rand Road in Lake Zurich, in the shopping center with the Binny's, Aldi, and DMV.

    Also, Carlos Mexican Grill & Seafood is opening in a location of the damned at Ela Rd & Rt. 22 in Lake Zurich. I think that location has been four or five restaurants since my in-laws moved out this way in the early '00s and I started working out here in '07.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/business/201 ... ake-zurich


    Carlos has finally opened after several months. Went by it tonight, and saw cars in the parking lot! And a big giant sign that said “NOW OPEN!”
    "Good stuff, Maynard." Dobie Gillis
  • Post #238 - May 12th, 2018, 9:26 am
    Post #238 - May 12th, 2018, 9:26 am Post #238 - May 12th, 2018, 9:26 am
    Village Express in the old Terry's Red Hots building at the corner of North Ave. and Larrabee St. (1554 N. Larrabee) has "Now Open" and "Grand Opening" banners up in front. The building has been undergoing renovations for at least three years. For some reason the main restaurant signage faces west towards the soon to be demolished Father and Son Plaza so you can't really see it from North or Larrabee. Can't find any web presence but the sign says "Bowl Wraps Sandwiches".

    Edit: Stopped by this place for lunch, actual name is Village Garden Restaurant and the menu is mostly middle eastern with a few burgers and sandwiches.
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #239 - May 14th, 2018, 10:43 am
    Post #239 - May 14th, 2018, 10:43 am Post #239 - May 14th, 2018, 10:43 am
    LTH,

    We removed a series of posts in which yet another non-closing was erroneously reported and discussed here. We want to re-emphasize the following policy:

    IF YOU ARE NOT 100% CERTAIN ABOUT A CLOSING, PLEASE DO NOT POST ABOUT IT HERE (or anywhere else, for that matter).

    Doing so can cause irreparable harm to the entity in question and especially since we are all fans of the industry, we know that no one here wants that.

    Please take extra caution. As we've posted over and over again, it's far more important to be accurate than early in reporting such information here.

    Thanks,

    =R=
    for LTH
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  • Post #240 - May 14th, 2018, 1:06 pm
    Post #240 - May 14th, 2018, 1:06 pm Post #240 - May 14th, 2018, 1:06 pm
    Confirmation that Bread and Wine is indeed closing as of May 15, per a press release from the owner that's running in the Tribune:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html

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