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  • Post #211 - June 21st, 2013, 2:47 pm
    Post #211 - June 21st, 2013, 2:47 pm Post #211 - June 21st, 2013, 2:47 pm
    stevez wrote:
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    What is your source for this? They have publicized that they're opening in the old Dona Torta space on Ashland and Barry but this is the first that I've seen anything about the Bunny Hutch. Do tell :) !!



    I have independently confirmed this from two sources, although the projected opening date has ranged from "next week for sure" to "it might take up to a month". Either way, this is the best hot dog/shrimp news to hit my neighborhood in many years.


    Love it!! Hope they clean up the mini golf a bit too (but not too much:))
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #212 - June 21st, 2013, 3:51 pm
    Post #212 - June 21st, 2013, 3:51 pm Post #212 - June 21st, 2013, 3:51 pm
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    stevez wrote:
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    What is your source for this? They have publicized that they're opening in the old Dona Torta space on Ashland and Barry but this is the first that I've seen anything about the Bunny Hutch. Do tell :) !!



    I have independently confirmed this from two sources, although the projected opening date has ranged from "next week for sure" to "it might take up to a month". Either way, this is the best hot dog/shrimp news to hit my neighborhood in many years.


    Love it!! Hope they clean up the mini golf a bit too (but not too much:))


    I don't think they have anything to do with the mini-golf or batting cages. That's always been (well, not always, but at least for the last 30+ years) a separate business.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #213 - June 21st, 2013, 6:36 pm
    Post #213 - June 21st, 2013, 6:36 pm Post #213 - June 21st, 2013, 6:36 pm
    Walked by Fiorenza in Forest Park this morning and noticed the front gate padlocked and a couple No Trespassing by order of the Sheriff of Cook County signs on the door


    Good. That food was so bad they should be arrested.
  • Post #214 - June 21st, 2013, 8:13 pm
    Post #214 - June 21st, 2013, 8:13 pm Post #214 - June 21st, 2013, 8:13 pm
    bnl wrote:
    spinynorman99 wrote:
    jay2021 wrote:I drove by the Bunny Hutch in Lincolnwood and something serious is going on.
    They're working on the outside of the building and it looks really great.
    Whoever took over the spot is giving the place a much needed facelift !!!


    Reserving judgment til it's done, but I'm dubious. There was something comforting about it still being open (and in dire need of at least a powerwashing) even though I haven't stepped inside in over a decade (and I'm a few minutes away). Unless the food becomes amazing I think a facelift is a mistake.


    I believe it will have the same food as the one on Western, (Same dogs/fried shrimp) but will also have the griddle style burger they are putting on the menu for the new one on Ashland/Barry.


    Bunny Hutch IMO has its charms. The food is absolutely average, average price, average quality. But it is kind of cool that moms/with kids coming from mini golf go in for a small milkshake or a dog. The place itself was small but in a small town/commuter suburb type of manner, not unpleasant at all. I hope the transformation does not turn into $6-8 hot dog overkill.

    p.s the Maxwell street place across the street, where did that come from and what's the story with that? I went in one time, no seating and hostile unhelpful glares from some pretty sketchy looking cook.
  • Post #215 - June 21st, 2013, 8:55 pm
    Post #215 - June 21st, 2013, 8:55 pm Post #215 - June 21st, 2013, 8:55 pm
    BNL is correct..I stopped by the Bunny Hutch today and saw one of ther owners of Red Hot Ranch there.
    He said they should be open before the July 4th weekend. I live in Skokie so this is great news.
    Ranch on western during the week and the Ranch in Lincolnwood on the weekends
  • Post #216 - June 22nd, 2013, 12:18 am
    Post #216 - June 22nd, 2013, 12:18 am Post #216 - June 22nd, 2013, 12:18 am
    Sharona wrote:Whenever I see something written about the Bunny Hutch, I always have a little gigglesnort. That HarryV post is something that will live in my memory forever.

    Harry V/Bunny Hutch -----> Link
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #217 - June 22nd, 2013, 9:48 am
    Post #217 - June 22nd, 2013, 9:48 am Post #217 - June 22nd, 2013, 9:48 am
    chgoeditor wrote:Eater Chicago reports that Socca is closing.


    That's too bad. Somehow it took me until a month ago to finally go there. Thought the food was great. I hope the new place will be good too.
  • Post #218 - June 22nd, 2013, 9:50 am
    Post #218 - June 22nd, 2013, 9:50 am Post #218 - June 22nd, 2013, 9:50 am
    Went to the official opening of Gallery Bar (738 N Clark St, Floor 2) last night. Maybe around 9:30pm. Pretty busy, and a lot busier than I thought it would be. I'm sure the owner(s) are real happy about the turnout.. I didn't get to try the food though I had a few beer cocktails. I thought they were pretty damn good actually. Space is cool. Though what I didn't like is the fact they had a TV on showing sports at an "Art Gallery Bar." Thought they could have made better use of the TV to show something more in line with the theme of the place.

    I'll be back though. Kind of a cool place, and need to try their food for sure.
  • Post #219 - June 23rd, 2013, 11:52 am
    Post #219 - June 23rd, 2013, 11:52 am Post #219 - June 23rd, 2013, 11:52 am
    Drove by the Bunny Hutch today. Its freshly painted and looking pretty spiffy. I think its going to be a huge hit in its new incarnation.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #220 - June 23rd, 2013, 9:54 pm
    Post #220 - June 23rd, 2013, 9:54 pm Post #220 - June 23rd, 2013, 9:54 pm
    The Avenue restaurant in Wilmette opened earlier this month. One of the owners, Mitch Dulin, was the original owner of Central Street Cafe in Evanston.

    1146 Wilmette Avenue,
    Wilmette, IL
    847-920-5962

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Dish/Ju ... ning-News/
  • Post #221 - June 24th, 2013, 8:29 am
    Post #221 - June 24th, 2013, 8:29 am Post #221 - June 24th, 2013, 8:29 am
    bw77 wrote:Drove by the Bunny Hutch today. Its freshly painted and looking pretty spiffy. I think its going to be a huge hit in its new incarnation.

    Are they keeping the giant bunny? I won't miss the Hutch, necessarily, but I will miss the bunny that has been there probably longer than I've been alive.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #222 - June 24th, 2013, 9:28 am
    Post #222 - June 24th, 2013, 9:28 am Post #222 - June 24th, 2013, 9:28 am
    Exciting news from this morning's Trib about Paul Kahan's new project, Nico. A little nervous about another chef change at Avec, though...

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013 ... rtis-duffy
    "There’s only one thing I hate more than lying: skim milk, which is water that’s lying about being milk."
    - Ron Swanson
  • Post #223 - June 24th, 2013, 9:45 am
    Post #223 - June 24th, 2013, 9:45 am Post #223 - June 24th, 2013, 9:45 am
    The bunny was still there on Sunday. My guess would be that they are keeping it.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #224 - June 24th, 2013, 11:23 am
    Post #224 - June 24th, 2013, 11:23 am Post #224 - June 24th, 2013, 11:23 am
    bfolds wrote:Exciting news from this morning's Trib about Paul Kahan's new project, Nico. A little nervous about another chef change at Avec, though...

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013 ... rtis-duffy


    I enjoy Kevin Pang's writing and think he generally does a great job covering the food industry in Chicago, but I'd quibble with his sentence "Among anticipated Chicago restaurant openings in recent years,..." given that most people didn't know about Nico until Pang published this story and therefore couldn't have anticipated it.
  • Post #225 - June 24th, 2013, 12:29 pm
    Post #225 - June 24th, 2013, 12:29 pm Post #225 - June 24th, 2013, 12:29 pm
    chgoeditor wrote:
    bfolds wrote:Exciting news from this morning's Trib about Paul Kahan's new project, Nico. A little nervous about another chef change at Avec, though...

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013 ... rtis-duffy


    I enjoy Kevin Pang's writing and think he generally does a great job covering the food industry in Chicago, but I'd quibble with his sentence "Among anticipated Chicago restaurant openings in recent years,..." given that most people didn't know about Nico until Pang published this story and therefore couldn't have anticipated it.


    I knew a Kahan project was going in that space months ago as it was written about in passing in a few articles (Such as this one from mid December: http://www.goldcoastrealty-chicago.com/ ... bound.html) , but had no idea what the concept was until this article.

    Not sure when this was written either, but it's semi mentioned here what the cuisine would be on Travelocity:
    http://hotels.travelocity.com/hotel/Hot ... b=features
  • Post #226 - June 26th, 2013, 2:32 pm
    Post #226 - June 26th, 2013, 2:32 pm Post #226 - June 26th, 2013, 2:32 pm
    I'm not familiar with this chain, but looks like we have yet another steakhouse on the way.....

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... -oak-brook
  • Post #227 - June 26th, 2013, 8:27 pm
    Post #227 - June 26th, 2013, 8:27 pm Post #227 - June 26th, 2013, 8:27 pm
    bhroselle wrote:I'm not familiar with this chain, but looks like we have yet another steakhouse on the way.....

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... -oak-brook


    Not exactly a Sizzler :mrgreen:

    http://www.perryssteakhouse.com/perrysm ... r-menu.pdf
  • Post #228 - June 27th, 2013, 9:13 am
    Post #228 - June 27th, 2013, 9:13 am Post #228 - June 27th, 2013, 9:13 am
    Qdoba Mexican Gril to close 18 Chicago area stores
    The mexican grill restaurant is closing 18 stores throughout the Chicago area, including their only two south suburbs locations.
    Qdoba Mexican Grill, located at 5141 W. 95th St., will be gone for good before the weekend,
    according to a press release from Jack in the Box Inc., Qdoba's parent company.

    How about opening actual Jack in the Boxes in their place?
  • Post #229 - June 27th, 2013, 10:59 am
    Post #229 - June 27th, 2013, 10:59 am Post #229 - June 27th, 2013, 10:59 am
    Union Pub and Ale has opened in the former Runways on Wolf in Prospect Heights, just south of Palatine. Runways was no great loss; we'll have to see if this is an improvement or just a new paint job.

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  • Post #230 - June 27th, 2013, 12:10 pm
    Post #230 - June 27th, 2013, 12:10 pm Post #230 - June 27th, 2013, 12:10 pm
    Big orange awnings up at the old Yilin (and countless others) space in Forest Park. I only drove by but they either said Sake Bistro or Bistro Sake, can't remember. No idea if that's the name or the atmosphere they are going for.
  • Post #231 - June 27th, 2013, 3:29 pm
    Post #231 - June 27th, 2013, 3:29 pm Post #231 - June 27th, 2013, 3:29 pm
    Artie wrote:Qdoba Mexican Gril to close 18 Chicago area stores
    The mexican grill restaurant is closing 18 stores throughout the Chicago area, including their only two south suburbs locations.
    Qdoba Mexican Grill, located at 5141 W. 95th St., will be gone for good before the weekend,
    according to a press release from Jack in the Box Inc., Qdoba's parent company.

    How about opening actual Jack in the Boxes in their place?

    Dang! I wonder if they had Jack in the Box taco's? :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #232 - June 27th, 2013, 5:37 pm
    Post #232 - June 27th, 2013, 5:37 pm Post #232 - June 27th, 2013, 5:37 pm
    Quote:
    The mexican grill restaurant is closing 18 stores throughout the Chicago area, including their only two south suburbs locations.
    Qdoba Mexican Grill, located at 5141 W. 95th St., will be gone for good before the weekend,
    according to a press release from Jack in the Box Inc., Qdoba's parent company.

    How about opening actual Jack in the Boxes in their place?


    That would be nice, wouldn't it? They were here when I lived in DuPage Co. back in the mid-70's, but by the time I got back in 1986? POOF. Gone. As a high-school former JITB employee in Scottsdale, AZ, I can assure you that a Breakfast Jack & a Diet Coke is the perfect mobile in-car breakfast. 8)
  • Post #233 - June 28th, 2013, 9:24 am
    Post #233 - June 28th, 2013, 9:24 am Post #233 - June 28th, 2013, 9:24 am
    3 New Restaurants Opening in Tinley Park Soon
    Asia Palace
    When It Opens: Saturday, June 29
    Location: 7138 183rd St.
    Cuisine: Asian fusion
    What Else You Should Know: Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

    Ariel's Bar & Restaurant
    When It Opens: Around July 20 and the third week of that month
    Location: 18401 North Creek Dr.
    Cuisine: Irish-American

    El Coco Mio
    When It Opens: Later this summer
    Location: 17344 Oak Park Ave.
    Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin and tropical, with a variety of dishes from countries, such as Honduras, and featuring fruits and vegetables, such as yuca.
    What Else You Should Know: The owners of El Coco Mio—Fanny and Carlos Guzman—are also the owners of Isabella, which is just a few blocks to the north on Oak Park Avenue. El Coco Mio is a passion project for the Guzmans, who specialize in Caribbean dishes when they eat at home. Some readers have been concerned that plans to open the new place had changed, but that is not the case.
  • Post #234 - June 28th, 2013, 10:39 am
    Post #234 - June 28th, 2013, 10:39 am Post #234 - June 28th, 2013, 10:39 am
    Bridgeport Pasty's brick and mortar storefront is open today:

    3142 S Morgan
    Chicago , IL 60608
    773.254.7441

    Www.bridgeportpasty.com
    "Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand." Leo Durocher
  • Post #235 - June 28th, 2013, 3:48 pm
    Post #235 - June 28th, 2013, 3:48 pm Post #235 - June 28th, 2013, 3:48 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Artie wrote:Qdoba Mexican Gril to close 18 Chicago area stores
    The mexican grill restaurant is closing 18 stores throughout the Chicago area, including their only two south suburbs locations.
    Qdoba Mexican Grill, located at 5141 W. 95th St., will be gone for good before the weekend,
    according to a press release from Jack in the Box Inc., Qdoba's parent company.

    How about opening actual Jack in the Boxes in their place?

    Dang! I wonder if they had Jack in the Box taco's? :)

    Be careful what you wish for.

    Image
    Jack in the Box taco, St Louis, August 2012
  • Post #236 - June 28th, 2013, 5:09 pm
    Post #236 - June 28th, 2013, 5:09 pm Post #236 - June 28th, 2013, 5:09 pm
    Rene G wrote:
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Artie wrote:Qdoba Mexican Gril to close 18 Chicago area stores
    How about opening actual Jack in the Boxes in their place?

    Dang! I wonder if they had Jack in the Box taco's? :)

    Be careful what you wish for.

    Image
    Jack in the Box taco, St Louis, August 2012

    I am lucky enough to have family that moved from Colorado to Tennessee. Jack in the Box and Waffle House (Krystel's too) are on a regular rotation now.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #237 - June 29th, 2013, 8:07 pm
    Post #237 - June 29th, 2013, 8:07 pm Post #237 - June 29th, 2013, 8:07 pm
    Looks like Indian food is coming to Lakeview East. Noticed the tailor/dry cleaners on the corner of Broadway & Barry was replaced by Bombay Bliss with a "Coming Soon" sign in the window. Looks like they have a pretty expansive menu and the prices aren't bad in my opinion for the area. I do love how that area has a lot of different cuisines.

    http://bombayblissonline.com/menu.html

    Bombay Bliss
    3108 N Broadway
  • Post #238 - June 30th, 2013, 10:47 am
    Post #238 - June 30th, 2013, 10:47 am Post #238 - June 30th, 2013, 10:47 am
    On the corner of Milwaukee and Devon, ages ago, there was a gyros joint. When it died it became a law office I think, and for over a decade it's been vacant. Now there are hanging sconces and a sign in the window saying that Blaze N Grill is coming soon. Keep your fingers crossed; this corner seems to be doomed and parking is nearly non-existent.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #239 - June 30th, 2013, 1:52 pm
    Post #239 - June 30th, 2013, 1:52 pm Post #239 - June 30th, 2013, 1:52 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:On the corner of Milwaukee and Devon, ages ago, there was a gyros joint. When it died it became a law office I think, and for over a decade it's been vacant. Now there are hanging sconces and a sign in the window saying that Blaze N Grill is coming soon. Keep your fingers crossed; this corner seems to be doomed and parking is nearly non-existent.


    Gotta be the NW corner. At one time that was a KFC, before they called themselves KFC.
  • Post #240 - June 30th, 2013, 2:29 pm
    Post #240 - June 30th, 2013, 2:29 pm Post #240 - June 30th, 2013, 2:29 pm
    Blaze n Grill has been trying to open for about two years. I drove by about 8 months ago and saw an equipment delivery.
    I believe not getting permits approved with the City of Chicago was the problem. No one takes two years to open a fast food
    restaurant. Paying rent for months without revenue is usually the end before the beginning.

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