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  • Post #91 - May 16th, 2013, 6:55 pm
    Post #91 - May 16th, 2013, 6:55 pm Post #91 - May 16th, 2013, 6:55 pm
    The new Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. project in the lobby of River North's Aloft hotel has a name: Restaurant Beatrix.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... restaurant
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #92 - May 17th, 2013, 11:55 am
    Post #92 - May 17th, 2013, 11:55 am Post #92 - May 17th, 2013, 11:55 am
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream is going to be opening their first Chicago outpost near the Southport brown line stop this fall. I'm very excited.

    Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Shop
    3404 N Southport Ave‎, Chicago, IL 60657
  • Post #93 - May 17th, 2013, 1:33 pm
    Post #93 - May 17th, 2013, 1:33 pm Post #93 - May 17th, 2013, 1:33 pm
    The Twisted Vine appears to be set to open any day now; for ten years it was a wine store (Gourmet Grape) and the owners briefly shuttered to reconcept as a wine bar. It will feature wine (flights, by the bottle and glass) as well as bourbons flights. While they are not preparing food on premise, they plan to have a limited amount of small plates available such as cheeses and charcuterie. I happened to walk by yesterday and it looks like it will be a nice space.

    The Twisted Vine
    3530 N. Halsted Street
    No Website Yet, but Active Facebook Page Exists
    Twitter: @Goof_2
  • Post #94 - May 17th, 2013, 4:28 pm
    Post #94 - May 17th, 2013, 4:28 pm Post #94 - May 17th, 2013, 4:28 pm
    I was recently looking at the Building Permits database for Chicago and ran across something interesting. Looks like yesterday a renovation permit ("Already existing restaurant with existing plans" or something like that) for $450,000 was granted at 1030 N State. This appears to be the old Trader Vic's spot across the street from Gibson's (in Newberry Plaza).

    Under one of the contractor fields, it says the type is "Owner" and the name is "Amedeo Italian Delights." Not sure about everything but this is fairly interesting..
  • Post #95 - May 17th, 2013, 7:48 pm
    Post #95 - May 17th, 2013, 7:48 pm Post #95 - May 17th, 2013, 7:48 pm
    The Connors Park greenhouse/public park thing (Gold Coast) is apparently opening either Wednesday, May 22nd or Friday, May 24th.
  • Post #96 - May 18th, 2013, 10:01 pm
    Post #96 - May 18th, 2013, 10:01 pm Post #96 - May 18th, 2013, 10:01 pm
    Kick's Chicken Cafe is set to open Monday at 11:00. Could be good, although the trailer reminds me of Cluckin Chicken....

    Kick's Chicken (near Costco at Rte 59)
    2728 W 75th Street
    Naperville
    630.961.5425
  • Post #97 - May 20th, 2013, 8:57 am
    Post #97 - May 20th, 2013, 8:57 am Post #97 - May 20th, 2013, 8:57 am
    Davanti Enoteca, Glazed & Infused coming to River North Marriott
    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130520/BLOGS09/130519779/davanti-enoteca-glazed-infused-coming-to-river-north-marriott
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #98 - May 20th, 2013, 1:13 pm
    Post #98 - May 20th, 2013, 1:13 pm Post #98 - May 20th, 2013, 1:13 pm
    According to Grub Street Chicago, Urban Union closed on Saturday, no word on why.

    WHYYYYYY???? I really liked that place, huge bummer. :cry:
    "Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand." Leo Durocher
  • Post #99 - May 20th, 2013, 7:55 pm
    Post #99 - May 20th, 2013, 7:55 pm Post #99 - May 20th, 2013, 7:55 pm
    Calzone & Macaroni Co. has opened recently in Vernon Hills

    http://www.calzoneandmacaroni.com/

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 9519.story
  • Post #100 - May 20th, 2013, 9:08 pm
    Post #100 - May 20th, 2013, 9:08 pm Post #100 - May 20th, 2013, 9:08 pm
    For those of us in Lincoln Square (and neighboring areas) that love to cook and need good quality spices, you'll be happy to know that Savory Spice Shop is opening this summer at 4753 N. Lincoln Ave. A quick search online suggests they have a Hinsdale location, but I can't seem to find that location listed on the main website.

    However, I've shopped with my mom at the Palm Desert, CA location and I was quite impressed with the freshness/quality and variety of the spices carried.
  • Post #101 - May 21st, 2013, 11:11 am
    Post #101 - May 21st, 2013, 11:11 am Post #101 - May 21st, 2013, 11:11 am
    Now open:

    Soluri and Sons Italian Deli
    3549 S. Halsted
    Chicago, IL

    773.247.8777

    http://www.soluriandsons.com
    "Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand." Leo Durocher
  • Post #102 - May 21st, 2013, 9:25 pm
    Post #102 - May 21st, 2013, 9:25 pm Post #102 - May 21st, 2013, 9:25 pm
    The Edwardo's in Wheeling (Milwaukee and Dundee) is closed, the space for lease. I don't east stuffed pizza much, but a Edwardo's has always been my standard.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #103 - May 21st, 2013, 9:48 pm
    Post #103 - May 21st, 2013, 9:48 pm Post #103 - May 21st, 2013, 9:48 pm
    JoelF wrote:The Edwardo's in Wheeling (Milwaukee and Dundee) is closed, the space for lease. I don't east stuffed pizza much, but a Edwardo's has always been my standard.

    Edwardo's is dying a slow death. With this closing I believe they are now down to 8 locations. That's too bad because in my estimation they're one of the best local-chain deep-dish/stuffed pizza joints around. A bit expensive, but worth it.
  • Post #104 - May 21st, 2013, 9:57 pm
    Post #104 - May 21st, 2013, 9:57 pm Post #104 - May 21st, 2013, 9:57 pm
    Drover wrote:
    JoelF wrote:The Edwardo's in Wheeling (Milwaukee and Dundee) is closed, the space for lease. I don't east stuffed pizza much, but a Edwardo's has always been my standard.

    Edwardo's is dying a slow death. With this closing I believe they are now down to 8 locations. That's too bad because in my estimation they're one of the best local-chain deep-dish/stuffed pizza joints around. A bit expensive, but worth it.

    Even though we have both in town, Giordano's always wins for that type of pie, hands down.

    http://giordanos.com/
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #105 - May 22nd, 2013, 9:14 am
    Post #105 - May 22nd, 2013, 9:14 am Post #105 - May 22nd, 2013, 9:14 am
    Drover wrote:
    JoelF wrote:The Edwardo's in Wheeling (Milwaukee and Dundee) is closed, the space for lease. I don't east stuffed pizza much, but a Edwardo's has always been my standard.

    Edwardo's is dying a slow death. With this closing I believe they are now down to 8 locations. That's too bad because in my estimation they're one of the best local-chain deep-dish/stuffed pizza joints around. A bit expensive, but worth it.

    They're both seriously contracted in size from where they were in the 90's: There used to be two Edwardo's in delivery distance (the Wheeling one is actually closer to my house than the Mt Prospect one that was on 83 near Oakton, but only the latter would deliver to me before it closed a half-dozen years ago).

    Giordano's has also closed two delivery-distance restos since I moved to Mount Prospect 20 years ago: one on Rand near Kensington that's now a Heavenly Massage (perhaps they kept some machines for kneading dough?), and one in Niles near Golf Mill.

    The last time I had Edwardo's it was not as good as I'd remembered (but what is?), but I've always liked their Spinach version. Giordano's was always a little denser, although their crust may be closer to the tender/flaky sweet spot.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #106 - May 22nd, 2013, 10:22 am
    Post #106 - May 22nd, 2013, 10:22 am Post #106 - May 22nd, 2013, 10:22 am
    Edwardo's refurbished their 1212 North Dearborn location not long ago. Much nicer now - sort of wine bar-y, pleasant little outdoor dining area - & pizza as good as ever.
    fine words butter no parsnips
  • Post #107 - May 22nd, 2013, 12:03 pm
    Post #107 - May 22nd, 2013, 12:03 pm Post #107 - May 22nd, 2013, 12:03 pm
    Inovasi owner John des Rosiers reflects on why his Royce and Moderno and other Highland Park restaurants may have closed. In Highland Park Patch today. http://highlandpark.patch.com/articles/ ... tc00000001
  • Post #108 - May 22nd, 2013, 12:27 pm
    Post #108 - May 22nd, 2013, 12:27 pm Post #108 - May 22nd, 2013, 12:27 pm
    Funk Dracula wrote:Stopped by the Damen/Division Chase ATM tonight and noticed this sign in the window next store at 1951 W Division.

    Image

    No additional info available other than this tease of a sign.

    Crossing my fingers that it's good and opens soon; middle eastern food within quick walking distance from home would certainly be a welcome addition.


    -B


    More information on this...

    http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2013/ ... r-park.php
    Cookingblahg.blogspot.com
  • Post #109 - May 22nd, 2013, 1:31 pm
    Post #109 - May 22nd, 2013, 1:31 pm Post #109 - May 22nd, 2013, 1:31 pm
    Bergstein's NY Deli coming to Hyde Park
    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130522/BLOGS09/130529934/bergsteins-ny-deli-coming-to-hyde-park
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #110 - May 22nd, 2013, 1:52 pm
    Post #110 - May 22nd, 2013, 1:52 pm Post #110 - May 22nd, 2013, 1:52 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Bergstein's NY Deli coming to Hyde Park
    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130522/BLOGS09/130529934/bergsteins-ny-deli-coming-to-hyde-park

    I had just visited the one down south and bought 2 lbs of corned beef and a loaf of bread for a family meal. Tender and delicious.

    Bergstein's NY Deli
    200 Dixie Hwy, Chicago Heights
    (708) 754-6400
    www.bergsteinsny.com

    I will be looking forward to the closer location.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #111 - May 22nd, 2013, 4:12 pm
    Post #111 - May 22nd, 2013, 4:12 pm Post #111 - May 22nd, 2013, 4:12 pm
    Meanwhile...

    At the old Yova Coffee Shop space...

    Lil' Red Wagon Coffee Shop
    818 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park
    (708) 358-1100

    Just opened on Saturday.

    Image

    Coffee (http://www.eldoradocoffee.com I think), Cookies, Sandwiches and soup.

    Did I also mention candy? :)

    Image

    Stop by and say Hi! to the owner Val. Nice gal. :) She is a self described cookie enthusiast and we tried a sample and they were good! Very good!
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #112 - May 23rd, 2013, 3:24 pm
    Post #112 - May 23rd, 2013, 3:24 pm Post #112 - May 23rd, 2013, 3:24 pm
    Haven't seen it here yet...

    Chinatown Cafe closing this Friday after 30 years.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130523 ... kers-close

    Chinatown Cafe
    2604 S Wentworth Ave
    Chicago IL 60616
    312-791-0366
  • Post #113 - May 24th, 2013, 10:11 am
    Post #113 - May 24th, 2013, 10:11 am Post #113 - May 24th, 2013, 10:11 am
    Would it be a bad thing to say I have first hand info of a new restaurant opening in Logan Square not too far in the future that has not been announced yet but don't want to say what it is yet? Not too far from the square and seems to be interesting :)
  • Post #114 - May 24th, 2013, 10:16 am
    Post #114 - May 24th, 2013, 10:16 am Post #114 - May 24th, 2013, 10:16 am
    marothisu wrote:Would it be a bad thing to say I have first hand info of a new restaurant opening in Logan Square not too far in the future that has not been announced yet but don't want to say what it is yet? Not too far from the square and seems to be interesting :)

    We need a bigger teaser... :)
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #115 - May 24th, 2013, 10:51 am
    Post #115 - May 24th, 2013, 10:51 am Post #115 - May 24th, 2013, 10:51 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    Drover wrote:
    JoelF wrote:The Edwardo's in Wheeling (Milwaukee and Dundee) is closed, the space for lease. I don't east stuffed pizza much, but a Edwardo's has always been my standard.

    Edwardo's is dying a slow death. With this closing I believe they are now down to 8 locations. That's too bad because in my estimation they're one of the best local-chain deep-dish/stuffed pizza joints around. A bit expensive, but worth it.

    Even though we have both in town, Giordano's always wins for that type of pie, hands down.

    http://giordanos.com/

    I work 5 minutes from the Edwardo's in Wheeling. They blew it with my entire office. Their lunch pizzas were so mediocre. I figured they were pre-made but still, they were just lousy in every way.

    If I'm forced to have stuffed pizza (which is probably at the bottom for pizza styles for me), I would go to Art of Pizza (on Ashland), that's probably the best overall.
  • Post #116 - May 26th, 2013, 5:39 pm
    Post #116 - May 26th, 2013, 5:39 pm Post #116 - May 26th, 2013, 5:39 pm
    The new Argo Tea Greenhouse opened at Rush, Wabash, and Chestnut in the Gold Coast. It's pretty much all a public park still but really, really cool as I checked it out today. It's going to add even more vibrancy to the area just like how Mariano Park a few blocks north (Viagra Triangle) does. They were also having live music outside. Can't wait in a few days and summer when it's warmer out. I think this area is going to be special.
  • Post #117 - May 28th, 2013, 11:48 am
    Post #117 - May 28th, 2013, 11:48 am Post #117 - May 28th, 2013, 11:48 am
    Pie Lady wrote:Butterfield Kitchens to open a stand at the Jefferson Park Blue and Roosevelt Green/Orange/Red stations.

    Jefferson Park is now open.

    Looks like there's a grocery going in around 6103 N. Northwest Highway. I believe the name was something like Northwest Fresh Market.

    This is now open and it's really nice. It looks like a more upscale Happy Foods, with a beautiful produce section and tiny bakery.

    Finnegan's the faux-Irish restaurant/pub, which used to be Blue Angel, in Gladstone Park, on Milwaukee Ave., is now shuttered. They had less than a year run.

    Coming soon: Elly's! I am pleased not only for myself and Mr. Pie as we will soon have a new place to go on our anniversary, but this should do well, assuming they get rid of the stank.
    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
    Read "Cooking for One" at Literary Orphans via my author page.

    Late-Nite Eats Database
  • Post #118 - May 29th, 2013, 2:50 pm
    Post #118 - May 29th, 2013, 2:50 pm Post #118 - May 29th, 2013, 2:50 pm
    Stefanelli & Sons (closed)
    13012 S Western Ave, Blue Island

    I happened to be driving by today the Blue Island location and the windows are papered over leaving the Lockport location the sole surviving.

    Stefanelli's Italian Imports
    1250 East 9th Street, Lockport
    (815) 834-0200
    http://www.stefanellisitalianimports.com
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #119 - May 30th, 2013, 10:45 am
    Post #119 - May 30th, 2013, 10:45 am Post #119 - May 30th, 2013, 10:45 am
    The good folks at Maria's Community Bar are getting ready to open a "nano brewery" in Bridgeport in June: http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2013/ ... geport.php

    (The secret location is, literally, my old apartment. Full disclosure, these guys are my landlords & pals, I've known about this for awhile)
    "Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand." Leo Durocher
  • Post #120 - May 31st, 2013, 9:29 am
    Post #120 - May 31st, 2013, 9:29 am Post #120 - May 31st, 2013, 9:29 am
    Homestead -- a literal farm-to-table rooftop restaurant -- re-opens for its second summer at 5pm today. Homestead is completely revamped from last year and now has executive chef Chris Curren (formerly Blue 13), beverage director Benjamin Schiller (formerly Boka Restaurant Group), and pastry chef Chris Teixeira (formerly Sixteen) running the show.

    Eater has the full food, specialty cocktail/wine/beer, and dessert menus right here

    * I am the publicist for Homestead

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