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  • Post #361 - July 3rd, 2018, 12:45 pm
    Post #361 - July 3rd, 2018, 12:45 pm Post #361 - July 3rd, 2018, 12:45 pm
    La Cocina is officially open again in the loop. This time they are serving alcohol.

    They are next to Monk's on Lake Street - probably about 207 W Lake
  • Post #362 - July 4th, 2018, 11:23 pm
    Post #362 - July 4th, 2018, 11:23 pm Post #362 - July 4th, 2018, 11:23 pm
    Was in Buffalo Grove this evening for fireworks, and I noticed that the spot that used to be home to Mango Leaf has a cloth banner hanging on the outside announcing that it is now open as Hyderabad House. Specialize in biryana, but I grabbed a menu and that is far from all they offer.

    Also noticed, as driving through the parking lot (this is the strip mall at 83 and Lake Cook Rd.) that there was a "now open" sign up at a new Georgian Bakery and Café. So new, it's not even popping up on Google searches.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

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  • Post #363 - July 5th, 2018, 8:50 am
    Post #363 - July 5th, 2018, 8:50 am Post #363 - July 5th, 2018, 8:50 am
    Starting on Thursday, fans of Mott St’s juicy double-stacked burger will no longer be dependent on the West Town restaurant. A spin-off dedicated to serving the burger, Mini Mott, opens in two days in the former Jam space at 3057 W. Logan Boulevard Logan Square.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/7/3/1753 ... im-spinoff
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #364 - July 6th, 2018, 8:11 am
    Post #364 - July 6th, 2018, 8:11 am Post #364 - July 6th, 2018, 8:11 am
    JoeChicago wrote:La Cocina is officially open again in the loop. This time they are serving alcohol.

    They are next to Monk's on Lake Street - probably about 207 W Lake


    Had their mole enchiladas and they were better than ever. Black beans as their refried's now as well.....
  • Post #365 - July 6th, 2018, 9:58 am
    Post #365 - July 6th, 2018, 9:58 am Post #365 - July 6th, 2018, 9:58 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Starting on Thursday, fans of Mott St’s juicy double-stacked burger will no longer be dependent on the West Town restaurant. A spin-off dedicated to serving the burger, Mini Mott, opens in two days in the former Jam space at 3057 W. Logan Boulevard Logan Square.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/7/3/1753 ... im-spinoff

    This is incorrect. I stopped by yesterday. They're not open yet and I was told that they won't be until early next week.

    =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 #366 - July 6th, 2018, 3:31 pm
    Post #366 - July 6th, 2018, 3:31 pm Post #366 - July 6th, 2018, 3:31 pm
    This is incorrect. I stopped by yesterday. They're not open yet and I was told that they won't be until early next week.


    I rarely respond to these forums...for a variety of reasons. But I feel the need to. Yes, Mini Mott was open yesterday. They served between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. I just spoke with ownership, again. Regular hours start next week.

    I mean, check out social media, or were these photos staged? :shock:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk36oB0gwkf ... 2982796097

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk38xg0hePc ... 2982796097
  • Post #367 - July 6th, 2018, 3:36 pm
    Post #367 - July 6th, 2018, 3:36 pm Post #367 - July 6th, 2018, 3:36 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Starting on Thursday, fans of Mott St’s juicy double-stacked burger will no longer be dependent on the West Town restaurant. A spin-off dedicated to serving the burger, Mini Mott, opens in two days in the former Jam space at 3057 W. Logan Boulevard Logan Square.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/7/3/1753 ... im-spinoff

    This is incorrect. I stopped by yesterday. They're not open yet and I was told that they won't be until early next week.

    =R=


    They had their soft open yesterday from 5-10pm, and those are their hours today and tomorrow as well. Sunday it's 11am - 3pm. Regular hours begin next week, 11am - 10pm weekdays and 11am - 12am weekends.

    Not sure when you stopped by, but they definitely did a service last night and will be again tonight.
  • Post #368 - July 8th, 2018, 12:15 pm
    Post #368 - July 8th, 2018, 12:15 pm Post #368 - July 8th, 2018, 12:15 pm
    Drover wrote:COMING SOON:
    Lucky Charm Cafe at 3600 W. Irving Park, directly across from McDonald's
    https://www.facebook.com/LuckyCharmCafeChicago/


    Drover wrote:Banner seen at the old Umi spot on the east end of Irving Park: "COMING SOON: The Churro Waffle"

    2845 W. Irving Park Rd.

    Both now open.
  • Post #369 - July 8th, 2018, 12:29 pm
    Post #369 - July 8th, 2018, 12:29 pm Post #369 - July 8th, 2018, 12:29 pm
    Lerdawg wrote:They had their soft open yesterday from 5-10pm, and those are their hours today and tomorrow as well. Sunday it's 11am - 3pm. Regular hours begin next week, 11am - 10pm weekdays and 11am - 12am weekends.

    Not sure when you stopped by, but they definitely did a service last night and will be again tonight.

    Ok, cool. Good to know. I must have misunderstood what they told me.

    =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 #370 - July 9th, 2018, 7:51 pm
    Post #370 - July 9th, 2018, 7:51 pm Post #370 - July 9th, 2018, 7:51 pm
    "After 46 years, the Old Warsaw Buffet Restaurant is closing its doors! We would like to sincerely thank our customers for their continued patronage over the years.

    "Buffet food will be served through July 15, 2018, and paczki will be available through July 28 2018.

    "OLD WARSAW MANAGEMENT"

    http://www.old-warsaw-buffet.com/
  • Post #371 - July 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm
    Post #371 - July 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm Post #371 - July 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm
    Drover wrote:"After 46 years, the Old Warsaw Buffet Restaurant is closing its doors! We would like to sincerely thank our customers for their continued patronage over the years.

    "Buffet food will be served through July 15, 2018, and paczki will be available through July 28 2018.

    "OLD WARSAW MANAGEMENT"

    http://www.old-warsaw-buffet.com/



    This is so sad . . . a real step back in time. :(
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

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  • Post #372 - July 11th, 2018, 9:37 am
    Post #372 - July 11th, 2018, 9:37 am Post #372 - July 11th, 2018, 9:37 am
    UNO Gurnee has closed! Email received July 9, 2018:
    Est. 1943 Uno® Pizzeria & Grill Goodbye Is Never Easy. It's with sadness we write to let you know that our UNO in Gurnee has closed. We have enjoyed being a part of this wonderful community and will truly miss the friendships and partnerships we have made. Our entire staff will sincerely miss serving you and we thank you for sharing your time (and appetite) with us. Even though we won't be here with you, we hope you'll visit other UNO locations in your travels - we know they'll take good care of you. It was our pleasure to serve you. - The Team at Gurnee -
  • Post #373 - July 11th, 2018, 10:02 am
    Post #373 - July 11th, 2018, 10:02 am Post #373 - July 11th, 2018, 10:02 am
    EddieK wrote:UNO Gurnee has closed! Email received July 9, 2018:

    TBH I've never -- literally never -- been to an UNO outpost that came anywhere near the quality of the original UNO/DUE locations. Maybe Gurnee was a rare exception, but if not... hopefully something better will take its place.
  • Post #374 - July 11th, 2018, 11:02 am
    Post #374 - July 11th, 2018, 11:02 am Post #374 - July 11th, 2018, 11:02 am
    Drover wrote:TBH I've never -- literally never -- been to an UNO outpost that came anywhere near the quality of the original UNO/DUE locations.

    When Ike Sewell's widow sold the franchising rights, she obtained an agreement that they would never change the pizza recipe at the original locations.
  • Post #375 - July 11th, 2018, 1:03 pm
    Post #375 - July 11th, 2018, 1:03 pm Post #375 - July 11th, 2018, 1:03 pm
    TBH I've never -- literally never -- been to an UNO outpost that came anywhere near the quality of the original UNO/DUE locations. Maybe Gurnee was a rare exception, but if not... hopefully something better will take its place.


    I agree wholeheartedly when it came to comparing pizza. Having grown up in Chicago, I started eating UNO deep dish pizza in the early 1960s along with DUE and Gino's East. All were excellent.

    After retirement, I moved to Libertyville in 2001. I was happy to see UNO in nearby Gurnee but was really disappointed in the pizza. Thinking they might have had an off day, I gave it a few more tries with the same results. Years later, I met Jay Martini who said that the far northern suburbs are where good ethnic food goes to die. Sadly, he seemed to be right. I spoke with a person who worked at both the downtown Chicago and Gurnee locations who said the pizzas were "different."

    A few years ago, a friend and I who both love good cheeseburgers tried many places in the northern burbs. We ranged from the popular places like Steak 'n Shake, Five Guys,
    Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday (when they were still here) to the more acclaimed Paradise Pup, Jake Moran's, Mickey Finn's, Firkin, Prairie Grass Cafe (where the $18 burgers were half price on Wednesdays), Inovasi and the now gone David Burke's Grillhouse in Schaumburg.

    We were surprised to find we rated UNO Pizzaria and Grill in Gurnee always in the top three for cheeseburgers. My number one was David Burke's Grillhouse where I heard they used trimmings from their dry aged steaks in the burger meat. It was the best burger I ever had served a perfect medium rare. My friend's number one was Prairie Grass Cafe mainly because she preferred Sarah Stegner's blue cheese sauce on her medium well done burger which she ate with a knife and fork -- no bun as intended by Chef Stegner.

    I won't miss the pizza at UNO Gurnee but I will miss the burgers.
  • Post #376 - July 11th, 2018, 1:12 pm
    Post #376 - July 11th, 2018, 1:12 pm Post #376 - July 11th, 2018, 1:12 pm
    EddieK wrote:
    TBH I've never -- literally never -- been to an UNO outpost that came anywhere near the quality of the original UNO/DUE locations. Maybe Gurnee was a rare exception, but if not... hopefully something better will take its place.


    Years later, I met Jay Martini who said that the far northern suburbs are where good ethnic food goes to die. Sadly, he seemed to be right.


    By all accounts the bad pizza at Uno in Gurnee as all about it being a franchisee, not being in Gurnee. Uno franchises across the country are known for giving not only the original Uno and Due, but Chicago pizza in general a bad name for years.
  • Post #377 - July 12th, 2018, 9:23 am
    Post #377 - July 12th, 2018, 9:23 am Post #377 - July 12th, 2018, 9:23 am
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Drover wrote:TBH I've never -- literally never -- been to an UNO outpost that came anywhere near the quality of the original UNO/DUE locations.

    When Ike Sewell's widow sold the franchising rights, she obtained an agreement that they would never change the pizza recipe at the original locations.


    Which begs the question "why did they allow it to be changed at any location while still calling it UNO?" It brought down the name UNO/DUE and I haven't been in any location including the originals for years. I just can't get that taste of the franchised versions out of my mouth. On the odd occasion when we need to take visitors for Chicago "Pizza" Lou's get's the job done.
  • Post #378 - July 12th, 2018, 11:37 am
    Post #378 - July 12th, 2018, 11:37 am Post #378 - July 12th, 2018, 11:37 am
    chicagojim wrote:
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Drover wrote:It brought down the name UNO/DUE and I haven't been in any location including the originals for years. I just can't get that taste of the franchised versions out of my mouth.


    They were selling a concept that didn't lend itself to a fast-food experience. Nobody in New Hampshire is waiting an hour for a pizza to show up at their table, so they came up with a poor compromise. To correct nsxtasy's comment, Sewell's widow ultimately sold all the locations to the franchisor company after obtaining the promise that the original locations would stay true to the original recipe.
  • Post #379 - July 14th, 2018, 8:01 am
    Post #379 - July 14th, 2018, 8:01 am Post #379 - July 14th, 2018, 8:01 am
    marothisu wrote:There's a building permit issued for 500 N Milwaukee (Milwaukee & Grand) for that new high rise there for a new restaurant. Owner name and address is for Stax Cafe on Taylor Street. I'm sure we'll hear something soon.

    The second location of Stax Cafe is open northwest of the Grand/Halsted/Milwaukee intersection. 522 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2018/6/22/174 ... ummer-2018
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #380 - July 15th, 2018, 4:18 pm
    Post #380 - July 15th, 2018, 4:18 pm Post #380 - July 15th, 2018, 4:18 pm
    Cedar House at 655 W. Armitage has a "Closed for Remodeling" sign across their entrance.

    Late Bloomer in the New City Complex closed after service on June 18th as per a sign on their door.

    Sedgwick's Bar and Grill at 1935 N. Sedgwick has been locked up tight during posted business hours this weekend with nothing posted on their door, website, Facebook or Twitter to explain why they're closed.
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  • Post #381 - July 15th, 2018, 8:23 pm
    Post #381 - July 15th, 2018, 8:23 pm Post #381 - July 15th, 2018, 8:23 pm
    tcdup wrote:Naperville/Aurora updates:

    The Italian place that's soon to open (July) in the cursed former Jimmy's Charhouse site at Ogden and Rte 59 is Vai. It's a new concept from the owners of Fire + Wine in Glen Ellyn.

    And now open very close by in the old Carrabba's site at that same corner is Al-Quds Restaurant, serving shawerma, falafel, seafood, as well as breakfast -- although they don't open until 11:00. website

    Good luck to both!

    Update: Al-Quds opened about a month ago. I ate there last weekend. I had the meat shawarma and the falafel. Both were very good. Vai's opened last Friday.
  • Post #382 - July 16th, 2018, 4:23 pm
    Post #382 - July 16th, 2018, 4:23 pm Post #382 - July 16th, 2018, 4:23 pm
    I just got an email from Zoup! that their location at Washington & Wells has closed. They are still open at Adams & Clark.
  • Post #383 - July 16th, 2018, 5:03 pm
    Post #383 - July 16th, 2018, 5:03 pm Post #383 - July 16th, 2018, 5:03 pm
    Tambreet wrote:I just got an email from Zoup! that their location at Washington & Wells has closed. They are still open at Adams & Clark.


    Some of what they served was good, but most soups were salt-heavy (and I love salt).
  • Post #384 - July 23rd, 2018, 11:55 am
    Post #384 - July 23rd, 2018, 11:55 am Post #384 - July 23rd, 2018, 11:55 am
    More French Market movement.

    So the hope that Street Smoke and Steam would recover from 'equipment issues' never happened.....

    In it's place will be the soon to open JoKer's Cajun Kitchen. Menu peek shows they will jump on the continually escalating price structure for downtown lunches (and breakfast, an $11 biscuit sandwich??) - just hoping the quality will match.
  • Post #385 - July 23rd, 2018, 12:58 pm
    Post #385 - July 23rd, 2018, 12:58 pm Post #385 - July 23rd, 2018, 12:58 pm
    Bar Ramone, a wine bar overseen by LEYE sommeliers Ryan Arnold and Richard Hanauer, will open later this summer in the old Bottlefork space (441 N. Clark St.), a narrow room wedged between Frontera Grill and Bub City.

    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 #386 - July 28th, 2018, 9:45 am
    Post #386 - July 28th, 2018, 9:45 am Post #386 - July 28th, 2018, 9:45 am
    Rojo Gusano's Ravenswood location is officially open as of July 19th. Have already been in a couple times for their delicious tacos.

    Rojo Gusano
    https://rojogusano.com/
    4217 N Ravenswood Ave
    Chicago, IL 60613
  • Post #387 - July 28th, 2018, 3:23 pm
    Post #387 - July 28th, 2018, 3:23 pm Post #387 - July 28th, 2018, 3:23 pm
    Replacing Yeero Revolution at 1009 Davis in Evanston is Chicago Hot Dog & CO. I know nothing about the place but will nevertheless predict that it won't be very good. The name just has bad juju. A great Chicago dog joint should have a punny name or be named for the owner/founder.

    Worse yet, if you're going to name a place Chicago Hot Dog the last place you would want to do it is in the Chicago area.
    Chicago Hot Dog & CO..JPG
  • Post #388 - July 29th, 2018, 11:58 pm
    Post #388 - July 29th, 2018, 11:58 pm Post #388 - July 29th, 2018, 11:58 pm
    scottsol wrote:Replacing Yeero Revolution at 1009 Davis in Evanston is Chicago Hot Dog & CO. I know nothing about the place but will nevertheless predict that it won't be very good. The name just has bad juju. A great Chicago dog joint should have a punny name or be named for the owner/founder.

    Worse yet, if you're going to name a place Chicago Hot Dog the last place you would want to do it is in the Chicago area.
    I am sure it's aimed at the Northwestern students who are not from here and their equally unaware relatives who visit them.
  • Post #389 - July 30th, 2018, 5:08 am
    Post #389 - July 30th, 2018, 5:08 am Post #389 - July 30th, 2018, 5:08 am
    Cedar House at 655 W Armitage has reopened after doing some renovations to the space.

    https://cedarhouse.business.site/
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  • Post #390 - July 31st, 2018, 3:41 pm
    Post #390 - July 31st, 2018, 3:41 pm Post #390 - July 31st, 2018, 3:41 pm
    New pizza option opened about 2 weeks ago in downtown Wilmette:

    Lefty's Pizza Kitchen
    1156 Central Ave (entrance on 12th St across from Chase Bank lot)
    (847)920-5401
    M-Th 11a-9p
    F-Sa 11a-10p
    Su 4.3p-8p

    They have both pan and thin with a few fried appetizers and salads. I hope to give the pan a try within a week or two.

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