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    Post #1 - August 27th, 2008, 9:28 am
    Post #1 - August 27th, 2008, 9:28 am Post #1 - August 27th, 2008, 9:28 am
    Chicagoist has me worried:

    http://chicagoist.com/2008/08/27/has_di ... st_sli.php

    Any news or recon available?
  • Post #2 - August 27th, 2008, 9:54 am
    Post #2 - August 27th, 2008, 9:54 am Post #2 - August 27th, 2008, 9:54 am
    I was just there. Looks like a not-devastating grease fire. Sign in the window said "closed for remodeling due to fire."
  • Post #3 - August 27th, 2008, 4:23 pm
    Post #3 - August 27th, 2008, 4:23 pm Post #3 - August 27th, 2008, 4:23 pm
    I drove by today on the way to a fantastic lunch at the Globe (was very surprised to find a phenomenal beer list at a place I've never heard about), and it doesn't look serious. Diner Grill actually looked like it always does (all the lights were on), just no one manning the grill or anyone inside. If it's going to reopen, it won't take long.
  • Post #4 - August 27th, 2008, 9:51 pm
    Post #4 - August 27th, 2008, 9:51 pm Post #4 - August 27th, 2008, 9:51 pm
    m'th'su wrote:I was just there. Looks like a not-devastating grease fire. Sign in the window said "closed for remodeling due to fire."

    Thanks for the ace investigative work. It would be a shame to lose an institution such as the Diner Grill.

    I find it amusing how many descriptions of the Slinger are slightly confused. Of course there's a very good reason for that.

    Mike Sula wrote:Home of the devastating Slinger (two all-something patties, cheese, grilled onions, hash browns, chili, and white bread—a contender for best hangover breakfast). . .

    Don't forget the two fried eggs, an important part of the Slinger.

    Chip Dudley wrote:For the true Diner Grill experience, get the Slinger: two hamburger patties covered with cheese, topped with two eggs, blanketed with hash browns, then inundated with a couple of scoops of chili and served with slices of white bread on the side.

    The hash browns aren't on top. They form the foundation.

    Nicholas R wrote:Most famous for The Slinger (their version is a plate of hash browns, topped with two cheeseburger patties, topped with top eggs over easy, which is then smothered in chili, cheese, and onions) . . .

    Cheese and onions don't top the Slinger (see the photo that accompanies the above description). You get your cheese on the burgers and your onions with the hash browns. Adding more would be excessive.

    Here's a prized possession, my Certificate of Stupidity signed by Rich, best grillman ever.

    Image
  • Post #5 - August 28th, 2008, 8:33 am
    Post #5 - August 28th, 2008, 8:33 am Post #5 - August 28th, 2008, 8:33 am
    My favorite Slinger story is from several years ago. A group of us found ourselves hungry after a night at the Artful Dodger (RIP.) It ended up being a dismal night for one of my friends as his leather jacket was stolen from the bar. (Don't ask me why he didn't have a "bar jacket" with him, but I digress.) We were sitting next to two other hungry, slightly inebriated patrons. The conversation turned into a bet as to how quickly my friend could eat a Slinger. Our counter mates bet $100 that my friend couldn't finish it in 10 minutes or less. Little did they know that they were betting against a human vacuum. Seven minutes later, our counter mates were poorer and my friend was on his way to a down payment on a new coat. He said he could have eaten it faster if he had let it sit for a few more minutes before the official timer started. The grill man was so moved (amused? bemused?) by my friend's stolen coat tale and the Slinger inhalation that my friend was awarded a blue stuffed dinosaur that was on a shelf. The Blue Thing, as we fondly named it, was a dusty, stale grease-scented relic that never regained the place of honor it had on the shelf at the Diner Grill.

    All of this reminds me that I am long overdue for a trip to the Diner Grill when they reopen!
    -Mary
  • Post #6 - August 28th, 2008, 10:45 am
    Post #6 - August 28th, 2008, 10:45 am Post #6 - August 28th, 2008, 10:45 am
    LTH,

    I called Arnold's at Broadway and Irving, same owners as Diner Grill, and the woman who answered Arnold's phone said they are trying to reopen Diner Grill as fast as possible, maybe one week.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - August 28th, 2008, 10:52 am
    Post #7 - August 28th, 2008, 10:52 am Post #7 - August 28th, 2008, 10:52 am
    I wouldn't worry too much. IIRC,the same guy owns Arnold's‎ @ 4001 Broadway and maybe others? I'm sure he'll rebuild.

    Arnold's
    4001 N Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60613
    (773) 929-3338
  • Post #8 - October 5th, 2008, 5:48 pm
    Post #8 - October 5th, 2008, 5:48 pm Post #8 - October 5th, 2008, 5:48 pm
    Drove past this afternoon and they were open for business.
  • Post #9 - October 11th, 2008, 1:21 pm
    Post #9 - October 11th, 2008, 1:21 pm Post #9 - October 11th, 2008, 1:21 pm
    Open, cleaner, better than ever. New menu signs and some new, completely utilitarian fixtures inside are the only differences. The atmosphere has not changed an iota. Cheeseburger with bacon and egg and some swell hash browns hit the spot. One must get ham (cut to order off the bone) or bacon (thick cut and always griddled to order) with anything at DG. If I ever order a Slinger again (doubtful), it's going to have a side of ham on it.
  • Post #10 - February 20th, 2013, 9:09 pm
    Post #10 - February 20th, 2013, 9:09 pm Post #10 - February 20th, 2013, 9:09 pm
    Steak and Shake now offers the "Steakburger™ Slinger Skillet"
    A skillet full of hash browns, topped with Steak n Shake Genuine Chili, two Steakburgers, shredded cheese and two eggs. Also available with sausage patties. $5.99
    Served midnight to 6AM
    http://www.steaknshake.com/menu/late-ni ... er-skillet
  • Post #11 - February 20th, 2013, 10:15 pm
    Post #11 - February 20th, 2013, 10:15 pm Post #11 - February 20th, 2013, 10:15 pm
    Artie wrote:Steak and Shake now offers the "Steakburger™ Slinger Skillet"
    A skillet full of hash browns, topped with Steak n Shake Genuine Chili, two Steakburgers, shredded cheese and two eggs. Also available with sausage patties. $5.99
    Served midnight to 6AM
    http://www.steaknshake.com/menu/late-ni ... er-skillet


    Until you posted this I never bothered to google "the slinger". Surprisingly, it is a st. louis specialty. Not surprisingly, ReneG already took the trouble of documenting that.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #12 - February 24th, 2013, 3:48 pm
    Post #12 - February 24th, 2013, 3:48 pm Post #12 - February 24th, 2013, 3:48 pm
    Artie wrote:Steak and Shake now offers the "Steakburger™ Slinger Skillet"
    A skillet full of hash browns, topped with Steak n Shake Genuine Chili, two Steakburgers, shredded cheese and two eggs. Also available with sausage patties. $5.99
    Served midnight to 6AM
    http://www.steaknshake.com/menu/late-ni ... er-skillet


    Haha, that's actually interesting! (and knowing how I'm familiar w/Diner Grill's Slinger) Don't know if I'd go out of my way necessarily to try that, but I'd be open to doing so if I ever find myself near one late at night?
  • Post #13 - February 24th, 2013, 4:22 pm
    Post #13 - February 24th, 2013, 4:22 pm Post #13 - February 24th, 2013, 4:22 pm
    Drove past yesterday and while devoid of customers, lights on and cook visible waiting for someone to show up. Fire damages must be repaired as looks like business as usual.
  • Post #14 - February 24th, 2013, 4:42 pm
    Post #14 - February 24th, 2013, 4:42 pm Post #14 - February 24th, 2013, 4:42 pm
    smokinjoe wrote:Drove past yesterday and while devoid of customers, lights on and cook visible waiting for someone to show up. Fire damages must be repaired as looks like business as usual.

    Yes, this thread was started in 2008. Diner Grill is definitely open.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #15 - December 27th, 2016, 10:48 am
    Post #15 - December 27th, 2016, 10:48 am Post #15 - December 27th, 2016, 10:48 am
    Fire struck on Christmas Eve, but it looks like they plan to reopen after repairs:
    http://chicago.eater.com/2016/12/27/140 ... istmas-eve
  • Post #16 - January 3rd, 2017, 1:24 pm
    Post #16 - January 3rd, 2017, 1:24 pm Post #16 - January 3rd, 2017, 1:24 pm
    Diner Grill to reopen by March after Christmas Eve fire

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #17 - April 12th, 2017, 9:33 pm
    Post #17 - April 12th, 2017, 9:33 pm Post #17 - April 12th, 2017, 9:33 pm
    Still not open since the 7th when I checked. In fact, It has never even been cleaned post fire. Doesn't look like it's coming back.
  • Post #18 - April 12th, 2017, 10:11 pm
    Post #18 - April 12th, 2017, 10:11 pm Post #18 - April 12th, 2017, 10:11 pm
    Sauganaut wrote:Still not open since the 7th when I checked. In fact, It has never even been cleaned post fire. Doesn't look like it's coming back.

    I wondered the same when I drove by in mid-March and saw it still boarded up. Probably too soon to say it's not coming back. Sometimes, if there are insurance issues, these things can take a lot longer than one would expect.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #19 - April 14th, 2017, 7:31 pm
    Post #19 - April 14th, 2017, 7:31 pm Post #19 - April 14th, 2017, 7:31 pm
    Spoke to someone in the family the other day, believe it or not they are still tied up in building permits! From someone who knows how long this takes it should be somewhat streamlined for a business that suffers a tragedy like a fire to get them back up and running ASAP. Oh well Sweet Home Chicago...
    Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?...........Louis Armstrong
  • Post #20 - April 14th, 2017, 9:22 pm
    Post #20 - April 14th, 2017, 9:22 pm Post #20 - April 14th, 2017, 9:22 pm
    jhawk1 wrote:Spoke to someone in the family the other day, believe it or not they are still tied up in building permits! From someone who knows how long this takes it should be somewhat streamlined for a business that suffers a tragedy like a fire to get them back up and running ASAP. Oh well Sweet Home Chicago...

    Thank you for this info. I've been finding this all very stressful.
  • Post #21 - April 15th, 2017, 4:47 am
    Post #21 - April 15th, 2017, 4:47 am Post #21 - April 15th, 2017, 4:47 am
    jhawk1 wrote:believe it or not they are still tied up in building permits!

    A source close to the situation says the delay is due to recalcitrant United passenger costs. Diner Grill owners should be made whole in the next, ie. 2023, state budget.
  • Post #22 - September 30th, 2017, 1:19 pm
    Post #22 - September 30th, 2017, 1:19 pm Post #22 - September 30th, 2017, 1:19 pm
    "The Slinger" shall rise again!

    Diner Grill Rebuilds After Major Fire: 'It's Going To Be The New Old Diner'
    LAKEVIEW — Nine months after a fire broke out at Diner Grill on Christmas Eve forcing it to close, the rebuild process has begun.

    Construction crews started work Friday morning, knocking the roof off the structure at 1635 W. Irving Park Road that has housed the 24-hour diner for 78 years.

    Owner Arnold DeMar said he wanted to get to work on rebuilding the restaurant right away, but the city held up the process considerably.

    "It took five months to get a building permit," DeMar said. "The building permit was finally issued on June 20. And then they wanted the diner to have one-and-a-half-inch water lines, and it's had three-quarter-inch water lines for 78 years. That took another four weeks; we just got the permit for that on Monday.

    DeMar hopes to be able to open sometime in November, but he said realistically he's aiming for Dec. 1.
  • Post #23 - September 30th, 2017, 2:53 pm
    Post #23 - September 30th, 2017, 2:53 pm Post #23 - September 30th, 2017, 2:53 pm
    All will be right with the world.
  • Post #24 - December 16th, 2017, 10:23 am
    Post #24 - December 16th, 2017, 10:23 am Post #24 - December 16th, 2017, 10:23 am
    My friends who are fans -- and know the owners -- tell me that re-construction is very much under way and that Diner Grill will rise again soon.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #25 - December 17th, 2017, 4:19 pm
    Post #25 - December 17th, 2017, 4:19 pm Post #25 - December 17th, 2017, 4:19 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:My friends who are fans -- and know the owners -- tell me that re-construction is very much under way and that Diner Grill will rise again soon.

    =R=

    Looks like the windows were recently replaced and exterior painting is complete.
  • Post #26 - December 17th, 2017, 6:07 pm
    Post #26 - December 17th, 2017, 6:07 pm Post #26 - December 17th, 2017, 6:07 pm
    A couple day ago I saw some people around the front of the building. They looked like they were construction guys.
  • Post #27 - January 12th, 2018, 3:06 pm
    Post #27 - January 12th, 2018, 3:06 pm Post #27 - January 12th, 2018, 3:06 pm
    The tiny restaurant could “hopefully” open in February, according to DeMar

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/1/12/168 ... re-slinger
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #28 - January 14th, 2018, 3:46 pm
    Post #28 - January 14th, 2018, 3:46 pm Post #28 - January 14th, 2018, 3:46 pm
    Sometimes I wonder why anyone would even bother trying to build or rebuild anything in this town. Jeez.
  • Post #29 - June 14th, 2018, 3:24 pm
    Post #29 - June 14th, 2018, 3:24 pm Post #29 - June 14th, 2018, 3:24 pm
    Diner Grill, famous for its slingers, to reopen 2 years after fire
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #30 - June 14th, 2018, 8:40 pm
    Post #30 - June 14th, 2018, 8:40 pm Post #30 - June 14th, 2018, 8:40 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Diner Grill, famous for its slingers, to reopen 2 years after fire
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html

    Given the fact that no re-opening date was actually mentioned in the piece, isn't its publication a bit premature and pretty much useless? That said, I'm certainly excited that it will be opening again . . . someday.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

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