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  • Post #511 - October 12th, 2018, 11:15 am
    Post #511 - October 12th, 2018, 11:15 am Post #511 - October 12th, 2018, 11:15 am
    Tikkawala, the fairly new casual Indian restaurant in the West Loop (1258 W. Jackson) is closing, purportedly temporarily to tweak the business model.

    Sula's write-up sums up the dillema of giving a place time to hit their stride, while risking missing out on a place that can be gone in a flash.

    Having walked by the place a couple months ago, I was shocked how small it is. SW of most W. Loop foot traffic, this was very foreseeable.

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/10/11/fast-casual-indian-spot-tikkawala-is-taking-a-time-out-after-just-five-months
  • Post #512 - October 19th, 2018, 9:34 am
    Post #512 - October 19th, 2018, 9:34 am Post #512 - October 19th, 2018, 9:34 am
    Block Club Chicago is reporting all 3 Chicago Paciugo locations have closed: https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/10/18 ... n-chicago/
  • Post #513 - October 19th, 2018, 11:27 am
    Post #513 - October 19th, 2018, 11:27 am Post #513 - October 19th, 2018, 11:27 am
    Jimmy's Place and Starship Subs in Forest Park are closing.
    http://www.forestparkreview.com/News/Ar ... 220ac72d75
    Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen
  • Post #514 - October 19th, 2018, 1:00 pm
    Post #514 - October 19th, 2018, 1:00 pm Post #514 - October 19th, 2018, 1:00 pm
    Marshall K wrote:Jimmy's Place and Starship Subs in Forest Park are closing.
    http://www.forestparkreview.com/News/Ar ... 220ac72d75


    Thanks. The attached article is really about Goldyburgers which, thankfully, is still hanging around.

    You do need to love hometown reporting, which includes this gem:

    Goldyburgers faces stiff competition from other sports bars and burger joints. Some are chains with million-dollar advertising budgets. Others are what Sullivan calls "brass and glass" chains, like Bennigans, with their fake Irish pub ambience.

    Um, someone should tell them that Bennigans is no longer a thing.
  • Post #515 - October 19th, 2018, 1:15 pm
    Post #515 - October 19th, 2018, 1:15 pm Post #515 - October 19th, 2018, 1:15 pm
    Bennigan's: https://bennigans.com/

    Second wind.
  • Post #516 - October 19th, 2018, 1:42 pm
    Post #516 - October 19th, 2018, 1:42 pm Post #516 - October 19th, 2018, 1:42 pm
    bw77 wrote:Bennigan's: https://bennigans.com/

    Second wind.


    Amazing - a chain that had little reason to exist failed once and now they're back for a 2nd run.
  • Post #517 - October 19th, 2018, 2:02 pm
    Post #517 - October 19th, 2018, 2:02 pm Post #517 - October 19th, 2018, 2:02 pm
    chicagojim wrote:
    bw77 wrote:Bennigan's: https://bennigans.com/

    Second wind.


    Amazing - a chain that had little reason to exist failed once and now they're back for a 2nd run.


    They were layin' low waiting for Houlihan's to exit the market.
  • Post #518 - October 19th, 2018, 6:02 pm
    Post #518 - October 19th, 2018, 6:02 pm Post #518 - October 19th, 2018, 6:02 pm
    lougord99 wrote:Ravinia Brewing Company is finally opened in the old Zuzu’s Location. I have not had a chance to go there.

    Ravinia Brewing Company
    582 Roger Williams
    Highland Park
    tel:773-362-5553

    https://www.raviniabrewing.com


    Attempted to go there tonight. At 6:30 all tables and bar stools were taken and at least 20 people were standing among the tables drinking. This is clearly not the place to go eat dinner and have a good brew. This is a place to have a brew and a little food.
  • Post #519 - October 19th, 2018, 7:27 pm
    Post #519 - October 19th, 2018, 7:27 pm Post #519 - October 19th, 2018, 7:27 pm
    lougord99 wrote:
    lougord99 wrote:Ravinia Brewing Company is finally opened in the old Zuzu’s Location. I have not had a chance to go there.

    Ravinia Brewing Company
    582 Roger Williams
    Highland Park
    tel:773-362-5553

    https://www.raviniabrewing.com


    Attempted to go there tonight. At 6:30 all tables and bar stools were taken and at least 20 people were standing among the tables drinking. This is clearly not the place to go eat dinner and have a good brew. This is a place to have a brew and a little food.

    Well, it might depend the timing. Friday night prime time probably isn't going to play out like a weeknight.

    =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 #520 - October 20th, 2018, 5:33 am
    Post #520 - October 20th, 2018, 5:33 am Post #520 - October 20th, 2018, 5:33 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    lougord99 wrote:
    lougord99 wrote:Ravinia Brewing Company is finally opened in the old Zuzu’s Location. I have not had a chance to go there.

    Ravinia Brewing Company
    582 Roger Williams
    Highland Park
    tel:773-362-5553

    https://www.raviniabrewing.com


    Attempted to go there tonight. At 6:30 all tables and bar stools were taken and at least 20 people were standing among the tables drinking. This is clearly not the place to go eat dinner and have a good brew. This is a place to have a brew and a little food.

    Well, it might depend the timing. Friday night prime time probably isn't going to play out like a weeknight.

    =R=


    Certainly you are correct, though as a newly opened place it has been pretty crowded during the week when I walk by.

    What I didn't like was the mass of people standing amongst those sitting and eating. I shouldn't have been surprised by this as it is called Ravinia Brewing Company - they are giving priority to people drinking over people eating. I guess I was just hoping for something different.
  • Post #521 - October 20th, 2018, 4:16 pm
    Post #521 - October 20th, 2018, 4:16 pm Post #521 - October 20th, 2018, 4:16 pm
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    We enjoyed our visits. Inventive dishes.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #522 - October 20th, 2018, 7:59 pm
    Post #522 - October 20th, 2018, 7:59 pm Post #522 - October 20th, 2018, 7:59 pm
    We never did enjoy them--went a couple times, and thought their inventiveness exceeded their execution. Yvolina's across the street is an order of magnitude better.
  • Post #523 - October 21st, 2018, 2:42 pm
    Post #523 - October 21st, 2018, 2:42 pm Post #523 - October 21st, 2018, 2:42 pm
    Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream abruptly closed both its Lansing and Schererville locations "for remodeling."
    A voicemail recording at the Lansing ice cream parlor and chocolate shop on Ridge Road in downtown Lansing said it was closed for remodeling. The owners did not respond to messages and the website was down, which is often not a good sign.

    The beloved local chain has a long history dating back to 1920 when the chocolate shop opened in Chicago. The company
    filed for bankruptcy in 2014 but remained open after restructuring its debt.
  • Post #524 - October 23rd, 2018, 1:37 pm
    Post #524 - October 23rd, 2018, 1:37 pm Post #524 - October 23rd, 2018, 1:37 pm
    Artie wrote:Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream abruptly closed both its Lansing and Schererville locations "for remodeling."
    A voicemail recording at the Lansing ice cream parlor and chocolate shop on Ridge Road in downtown Lansing said it was closed for remodeling. The owners did not respond to messages and the website was down, which is often not a good sign.

    The beloved local chain has a long history dating back to 1920 when the chocolate shop opened in Chicago. The company
    filed for bankruptcy in 2014 but remained open after restructuring its debt.


    Good morning Gayety’s customers,

    You may have noticed we have had our doors closed in recent weeks. We were trying to find a solution to keep the doors of Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream open. Unfortunately, after 98 great years, we have officially closed. We want to give a big thank you to all our customers for a wonderful 98 years! It has been an absolute pleasure serving this community!
    https://www.facebook.com/gayetyschocolate/
  • Post #525 - October 23rd, 2018, 4:31 pm
    Post #525 - October 23rd, 2018, 4:31 pm Post #525 - October 23rd, 2018, 4:31 pm
    WestRidgeFoodie wrote:A banner is posted in the former A Bite of Szechuan space next to Angry Crab is that reads coming soon King Pho. I assume this is an outpost of their location in Edgebrook.


    Driving past on our way home from work and there is a Grand Opening sign with patrons inside. West Ridge and Budlong Woods is become quite the spot for Pho!
  • Post #526 - October 25th, 2018, 5:57 am
    Post #526 - October 25th, 2018, 5:57 am Post #526 - October 25th, 2018, 5:57 am
    stevez wrote:
    Ram4 wrote:The only place around Chicago that I know of that had a real country pan fried steak (light crust) as opposed to the chicken (deep) fried steak (thick fried chicken-like crust) that is more typical in Texas and Oklahoma, plus Stanley's had a cream gravy without sausage (also more authentic). A solid rendition that will be missed by me.


    Wishbone on Washington (don't know about the Lincoln Ave. location) serves that type of Chicken (country) fried steak, when they have it as a special. I think it used to be Wednesdays, but I moved my office away from there over 10 years ago, so things might have changed. Call ahead for CFS special day.

    Wishbone
    1001 W Washington Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 850-2663

    October 29 appears to be the opening date at 161 N. Jefferson Street, but it’s not finalized. Crews have given the former Bin 36 wine bar space more than a facelift. The space is a little smaller than the restaurant at Washington which closed on October 14.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/10/24/18 ... -jefferson
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #527 - October 25th, 2018, 10:44 am
    Post #527 - October 25th, 2018, 10:44 am Post #527 - October 25th, 2018, 10:44 am
    Rosati's Pizza has opened at 176 N. Wells in the Loop.

    And the posted hours makes this one of the few options for when the bars close, at least weeknights. 3am weeknights, 4am Fri/Sat, 2am Sun

    Nice to see a place open for all the renters moving into the neighborhood

    https://myrosatis.com/chicagoloop/
    Bill-Aurora
  • Post #528 - October 26th, 2018, 2:05 pm
    Post #528 - October 26th, 2018, 2:05 pm Post #528 - October 26th, 2018, 2:05 pm
    The new Mag Mile food hall from Au Cheval’s Brendan Sodikoff and company should now open at the end of November.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/10/26/18 ... eup-vaults
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #529 - October 26th, 2018, 4:48 pm
    Post #529 - October 26th, 2018, 4:48 pm Post #529 - October 26th, 2018, 4:48 pm
    The building which formally housed The Rs Filipino grocery and cafe at 2714 W. Montrose has been torn down. Their website is still up and running though and Google says they “close soon.”
  • Post #530 - October 26th, 2018, 6:53 pm
    Post #530 - October 26th, 2018, 6:53 pm Post #530 - October 26th, 2018, 6:53 pm
    New bakery in the South Loop. https://hoodline.relaymedia.com/amp/2018/10/tea-pot-brew-bakery-opens-its-doors-in-south-loop
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #531 - October 29th, 2018, 8:35 am
    Post #531 - October 29th, 2018, 8:35 am Post #531 - October 29th, 2018, 8:35 am
    WestRidgeFoodie wrote:
    WestRidgeFoodie wrote:A banner is posted in the former A Bite of Szechuan space next to Angry Crab is that reads coming soon King Pho. I assume this is an outpost of their location in Edgebrook.


    Driving past on our way home from work and there is a Grand Opening sign with patrons inside. West Ridge and Budlong Woods is become quite the spot for Pho!

    Four years after opening its first restaurant near Edgebrook, the owners of King Pho have opened a second restaurant. It’s called King Pho2 and it’s a Vietnamese restaurant with a familiar menu. 5659 N. Lincoln Avenue.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/9/28/179 ... -fall-2018
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #532 - October 29th, 2018, 10:52 am
    Post #532 - October 29th, 2018, 10:52 am Post #532 - October 29th, 2018, 10:52 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    WestRidgeFoodie wrote:
    WestRidgeFoodie wrote:A banner is posted in the former A Bite of Szechuan space next to Angry Crab is that reads coming soon King Pho. I assume this is an outpost of their location in Edgebrook.


    Four years after opening its first restaurant near Edgebrook, the owners of King Pho have opened a second restaurant. It’s called King Pho2 and it’s a Vietnamese restaurant with a familiar menu. 5659 N. Lincoln Avenue.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/9/28/179 ... -fall-2018


    "KING PHO2 located at 5659 unit 2 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.
    Tel: 773-645-9369

    Get 20%off Hurry, last until 11/5, only this new location.
    See you in person soon. ."

    https://www.facebook.com/kingpho2/
  • Post #533 - October 29th, 2018, 2:10 pm
    Post #533 - October 29th, 2018, 2:10 pm Post #533 - October 29th, 2018, 2:10 pm
    Chef Curtis Duffy has picked his next destination, almost a year after Grace abruptly closed amid a dispute with the acclaimed restaurant’s owner. Duffy and former Grace general manager Michael Muser plan to open a new restaurant on the ground floor of Fulton West, an office building in the city’s Fulton Market district, according to people familiar with the deal.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... l#nws=true
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #534 - October 29th, 2018, 5:40 pm
    Post #534 - October 29th, 2018, 5:40 pm Post #534 - October 29th, 2018, 5:40 pm
    Eater reports Lincoln Square’s Nick’s Pizza & Pub to Shutter After One Year

    From my post on June 10, 2017, in Openings, etc. thread:
    I am not waiting for this with bated breath. How somebody plans to put a high-volume pizza restaurant in that space with no parking is beyond me.


    This sentence from the Eater story is no surprise to me:
    The pizzeria never became a destination and mostly drew local families.
  • Post #535 - October 29th, 2018, 10:37 pm
    Post #535 - October 29th, 2018, 10:37 pm Post #535 - October 29th, 2018, 10:37 pm
    ekreider wrote:Eater reports Lincoln Square’s Nick’s Pizza & Pub to Shutter After One Year

    From my post on June 10, 2017, in Openings, etc. thread:
    I am not waiting for this with bated breath. How somebody plans to put a high-volume pizza restaurant in that space with no parking is beyond me.


    This sentence from the Eater story is no surprise to me:
    The pizzeria never became a destination and mostly drew local families.


    Here is a possibility: Like the Milwaukee Avenue corridor, many residents of Lincoln Square come from outside Chicagoland where crispy, tavern-style pizza is virtually unknown. Also, the neighborhood is affluent and perhaps many residents would rather eat Neopolitan or “artisan” (Steve Dolinsky’s term) pies than old time-y Chicago thin crust pizza.
  • Post #536 - October 29th, 2018, 10:39 pm
    Post #536 - October 29th, 2018, 10:39 pm Post #536 - October 29th, 2018, 10:39 pm
    ld111134 wrote:
    ekreider wrote:Eater reports Lincoln Square’s Nick’s Pizza & Pub to Shutter After One Year

    From my post on June 10, 2017, in Openings, etc. thread:
    I am not waiting for this with bated breath. How somebody plans to put a high-volume pizza restaurant in that space with no parking is beyond me.


    This sentence from the Eater story is no surprise to me:
    The pizzeria never became a destination and mostly drew local families.


    Here is a possibility: Like the Milwaukee Avenue corridor, many residents of Lincoln Square come from outside Chicagoland where crispy, tavern-style pizza is virtually unknown. Also, the neighborhood is affluent and perhaps many residents would rather eat Neopolitan or “artisan” (Steve Dolinsky’s term) pies than old time-y Chicago thin crust pizza.

    another possibility is that it just wasn't good
  • Post #537 - October 30th, 2018, 7:30 am
    Post #537 - October 30th, 2018, 7:30 am Post #537 - October 30th, 2018, 7:30 am
    Gideon Sweet, Graham Elliot and Matthias Merges’ West Loop Restaurant, Has Closed

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/10/29/18 ... lph-closed
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #538 - October 30th, 2018, 1:20 pm
    Post #538 - October 30th, 2018, 1:20 pm Post #538 - October 30th, 2018, 1:20 pm
    Urbanbelly, BellyQ building being sold for development; restaurants to close
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #539 - October 30th, 2018, 1:29 pm
    Post #539 - October 30th, 2018, 1:29 pm Post #539 - October 30th, 2018, 1:29 pm
    Clarence Beeks wrote:another possibility is that it just wasn't good


    I live in the neighborhood by Nick's, and we really liked it as a family joint.

    I liked the pizza, but I'm not sure it was destination pizza; although their double layer pizza was pretty unique and tasty. I will say that I much preferred it to Lou Malnati's, which has a popular location by Nick's (admittedly, I'm in the minority that thinks Malnati's is trash pizza). Also, the rehab they did on the place was really great. Nick's was really well done on the inside.

    Maybe it was too family friendly. They do that thing where every table has complimentary peanuts, and you can throw the shells on the ground. My boys loved that, but I could see that being a turn-off for non-family diners (and any group with a peanut allergy).
  • Post #540 - October 30th, 2018, 1:43 pm
    Post #540 - October 30th, 2018, 1:43 pm Post #540 - October 30th, 2018, 1:43 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Urbanbelly, BellyQ building being sold for development; restaurants to close
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct ... story.html


    Here is the email message I received this afternoon, a little different than what Tribune is reporting:

    "bellyQ

    After six wonderful years in the West Loop, we're closing our doors Tuesday, October 30th. Private events are still being honored through March 2019.

    Your support has meant everything to us. So, thank you. Our sister restaurant urbanbelly is still open for business next door, and at 1542 N. Damen Ave. in Wicker Park.

    We hope to see you soon for some ramen and frozen Kirin. Stay tuned for Ramenfest 2019 announcements.
    Cheers.
    Bill Kim"

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