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  • Post #211 - June 7th, 2019, 5:45 pm
    Post #211 - June 7th, 2019, 5:45 pm Post #211 - June 7th, 2019, 5:45 pm
    Alinea Group announces new project: The St. Clair Supper Club
    http://bit.ly/2Zdydz0
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #212 - June 7th, 2019, 9:19 pm
    Post #212 - June 7th, 2019, 9:19 pm Post #212 - June 7th, 2019, 9:19 pm
    Pastabilities (Buffalo Grove) - closed after 26 years.
    167 McHenry Road
  • Post #213 - June 14th, 2019, 8:39 am
    Post #213 - June 14th, 2019, 8:39 am Post #213 - June 14th, 2019, 8:39 am
    Huddle House is slated to open in March 2020 at 9401 S. Stony Island Avenue

    https://chicago.eater.com/2019/6/13/186 ... e-location
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #214 - June 14th, 2019, 9:39 am
    Post #214 - June 14th, 2019, 9:39 am Post #214 - June 14th, 2019, 9:39 am
    Former Jilly's Bistro and Creperie St. Germaine space is now Mid Kitchen — primarily a breakfast & lunch menu.
    MidKitchen.jpg Mid Kitchen
    I'll be interested to see how dinner service works with a closing time of 4 pm.

    Mid Kitchen
    1512 Sherman Ave
    Evanston, IL 60201
  • Post #215 - June 16th, 2019, 1:48 pm
    Post #215 - June 16th, 2019, 1:48 pm Post #215 - June 16th, 2019, 1:48 pm
    Two openings in sleepy little Riverside....

    Nada - a Middle Eastern spot - just opened at 3216 S Harlem ave. Early reviews seem favorable, I'll be hitting it up on Tuesday.

    El Famous Burrito will be taking over the old Riverside Restaurant spot at 3422 S Harlem. I know that is a huge disappointment for many that had hoped for someone to revive the old spot.
  • Post #216 - June 19th, 2019, 9:46 pm
    Post #216 - June 19th, 2019, 9:46 pm Post #216 - June 19th, 2019, 9:46 pm
    El Santo Taqueria, 3352 W. Foster Ave, is closed. Phone is turned off, online ordering is kaput, and a drive-by confirms the place has been cleared out. Sadness! El Santo was really good, a cut above a standard taqueria. Just a month ago they were promoting on Facebook all the menu ideas they got from a recent trip to Mexico. They will be missed in our household.
    "If this sauce was a person, I'd get naked and make love to it." - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls
  • Post #217 - June 20th, 2019, 9:43 am
    Post #217 - June 20th, 2019, 9:43 am Post #217 - June 20th, 2019, 9:43 am
    Kesey wrote:Pastabilities (Buffalo Grove) - closed after 26 years.
    167 McHenry Road
    One of my all-time favorite restaurant names. For years my friends and I would replace the word possibilities with Pastabilities; especially when talking about food combinations.
  • Post #218 - June 21st, 2019, 10:09 am
    Post #218 - June 21st, 2019, 10:09 am Post #218 - June 21st, 2019, 10:09 am
    Opening 8/1:
    Hub & Spoke Provisions
    481 Roger Williams Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    "Hub and Spoke is an all-day cafe serving brunch every morning, with an onsite artisanal coffee roastery, and a tapas style restaurant (small plates) serving wine/beer/bubbly in the evening."
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #219 - June 21st, 2019, 2:53 pm
    Post #219 - June 21st, 2019, 2:53 pm Post #219 - June 21st, 2019, 2:53 pm
    It appears Asian Cajun Too is kaput; windows papered over, and signs announcing Shinsen, a sushi and noodle restaurant.
    Shinsen.jpg Shinsen coming soon

    1322 Chicago Ave
    Evanston, IL 60201
  • Post #220 - June 21st, 2019, 5:57 pm
    Post #220 - June 21st, 2019, 5:57 pm Post #220 - June 21st, 2019, 5:57 pm
    Lloyd's has closed permanently as of June 14 per announcement on their web site.

    Waiter for our dinner before West Side Story said that dinner service would stop after the musicals run but lunch would be served for another week. He was vague as to whether a different concept was going in by the same operator, which also runs Catch 35, whether the space would be vacant or whether a new operator would be in the space after remodeling.

    I think that the food quality had improved in recent years, and it was certainly convenient for pre-opera dining with evening parking in the one South garage available for $8.50 for diners.

    Formerly at 1 South Wacker Drive.
  • Post #221 - June 21st, 2019, 10:40 pm
    Post #221 - June 21st, 2019, 10:40 pm Post #221 - June 21st, 2019, 10:40 pm
    ekreider wrote:Lloyd's has closed permanently as of June 14 per announcement on their web site.

    Waiter for our dinner before West Side Story said that dinner service would stop after the musicals run but lunch would be served for another week. He was vague as to whether a different concept was going in by the same operator, which also runs Catch 35, whether the space would be vacant or whether a new operator would be in the space after remodeling.

    I think that the food quality had improved in recent years, and it was certainly convenient for pre-opera dining with evening parking in the one South garage available for $8.50 for diners.

    Formerly at 1 South Wacker Drive.


    They were phoning it in for a long time. Its neighbor at One North is a much better option.
  • Post #222 - June 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am
    Post #222 - June 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am Post #222 - June 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am
    Coming to Highwood:
    Papa Willie’s BBQ - 148 Green Bay Road
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #223 - June 23rd, 2019, 3:25 pm
    Post #223 - June 23rd, 2019, 3:25 pm Post #223 - June 23rd, 2019, 3:25 pm
    Ram4 wrote:A new Shake Shack is nearing completion in Vernon Hills at the Melody Farm center. It's right on Route 60 just east of Milwaukee. Looks like it will be open by summer.


    Now open for business
  • Post #224 - June 23rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
    Post #224 - June 23rd, 2019, 8:19 pm Post #224 - June 23rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Coming to Highwood:
    Papa Willie’s BBQ - 148 Green Bay Road

    In the prior location for Domino's on the corner of Prairie Ave and Green Bay Road.

    Cafe Petopia has closed. A Mexican restaurant is now there. In the same strip mall (and maybe the same location?), there is a Mexican restaurant whose name has Posole in it.

    I was driving and did not get an opportunity to properly figure out the restaurant game of chairs at this location.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #225 - June 24th, 2019, 6:35 am
    Post #225 - June 24th, 2019, 6:35 am Post #225 - June 24th, 2019, 6:35 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:Coming to Highwood:
    Papa Willie’s BBQ - 148 Green Bay Road

    In the prior location for Domino's on the corner of Prairie Ave and Green Bay Road.

    Cafe Petopia has closed. A Mexican restaurant is now there. In the same strip mall (and maybe the same location?), there is a Mexican restaurant whose name has Posole in it.

    I was driving and did not get an opportunity to properly figure out the restaurant game of chairs at this location.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Doña Paty's Restaurante
    848 Sheridan Rd.
    Highwood, IL
    https://www.facebook.com/donapatys
    FB post from 6/21 indicates - Pozole Weekend
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #226 - June 24th, 2019, 9:41 am
  • Post #227 - June 27th, 2019, 12:52 pm
    Post #227 - June 27th, 2019, 12:52 pm Post #227 - June 27th, 2019, 12:52 pm
    from an email:

    Kitsune is closing July 13th and Bunny is closed, effective today.

    Elizabeth and Milkweed will continue to operate.

    Image

    Kitsune
    4229 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618

    MILKWEED INN
    Nahma Township, the UP, MI
  • Post #228 - July 1st, 2019, 3:27 pm
    Post #228 - July 1st, 2019, 3:27 pm Post #228 - July 1st, 2019, 3:27 pm
    Rough week for Lincoln Avenue between Irving and Montrose. According to Facebook post from Chef Ricardo Meza, Dos Ricco's is taking a break.

    https://www.facebook.com/dosriccostacof ... &__tn__=-R

    Yelp says it's closed

    https://www.yelp.com/biz/dos-riccos-chicago-4

    There's a sign about retooling. I liked the tacos.

    Dos Ricco's
    4064 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL
  • Post #229 - July 2nd, 2019, 8:47 am
    Post #229 - July 2nd, 2019, 8:47 am Post #229 - July 2nd, 2019, 8:47 am
    Dave148 wrote:Alinea Group announces new project: The St. Clair Supper Club
    http://bit.ly/2Zdydz0

    St. Clair Supper Club opens tonight inside Roister

    https://chicago.eater.com/2019/7/1/2067 ... servations
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #230 - July 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
    Post #230 - July 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm Post #230 - July 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
    polster wrote:And Another new Chicken Wing place, Miss Saigon Express has opened on Lincoln Ave in Chicago:

    G Wiv wrote:If the past few places at this address are indication of longevity sooner rather than later is suggested if one has interest. Don't mean to be needlessly negative, but this seems one of those "haunted" spaces where even Barry Sorkin offering low slow Doug Sohn dogs on a stick for .40c would have trouble.

    Miss Saigon Express: RIP
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #231 - July 2nd, 2019, 4:31 pm
    Post #231 - July 2nd, 2019, 4:31 pm Post #231 - July 2nd, 2019, 4:31 pm
    Unfortunately, another place nearby with a similar name has met the same fate.

    Saigon bistro in the same strip mall as yewoosai and gogi has also closed. Bummer
  • Post #232 - July 2nd, 2019, 4:48 pm
    Post #232 - July 2nd, 2019, 4:48 pm Post #232 - July 2nd, 2019, 4:48 pm
    ekreider wrote:Restaurant Sarajevo, a fairly old Bosnian restaurant in Lincoln Square, has closed per signs in windows and Open Table listing as permanently closed.

    Signs in windows for Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen coming soon. Subtitle is Spices of Mountain. Menu on web site is a work in progress.
    Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen
    2701 W. Lawrence Ave.
    Chicago 60625
    https://himalayansherpakitchenchicago.com/

    Edit to note that more of the web site than the menu is a work in progress. I seriously doubt that hours on any day will be 9 am to 5 pm or that a Tuesday happy hour will happen anytime soon.


    Grand Opening happened recently, I noticed it was open last night. They have a 25% off special right now. Website is updated with a menu.
  • Post #233 - July 5th, 2019, 4:04 pm
    Post #233 - July 5th, 2019, 4:04 pm Post #233 - July 5th, 2019, 4:04 pm
    Mozzarella Store opens today on the Mag Mile, pizzeria, cafe and house-made cheeses:

    http://mozzarellastores.com/
  • Post #234 - July 6th, 2019, 5:55 pm
    Post #234 - July 6th, 2019, 5:55 pm Post #234 - July 6th, 2019, 5:55 pm
    The former location of Boltwood is about to become... a Clarke’s.

    Kill me.
  • Post #235 - July 6th, 2019, 6:15 pm
    Post #235 - July 6th, 2019, 6:15 pm Post #235 - July 6th, 2019, 6:15 pm
    cilantro wrote:The former location of Boltwood is about to become... a Clarke’s.

    So they're moving from their longtime space a block north on (coincidentally) Clark Street. No big deal. I wonder what might move into that space...?
  • Post #236 - July 6th, 2019, 8:26 pm
    Post #236 - July 6th, 2019, 8:26 pm Post #236 - July 6th, 2019, 8:26 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Mozzarella Store opens today on the Mag Mile, pizzeria, cafe and house-made cheeses:

    http://mozzarellastores.com/


    I’m dying to hear reports. In this location there are so many things that can go wrong. But, maybe they’ll get it right.
  • Post #237 - July 8th, 2019, 1:44 am
    Post #237 - July 8th, 2019, 1:44 am Post #237 - July 8th, 2019, 1:44 am
    Via Roma, formerly on Lee street in Des plaines, is now at 464 E. Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines

    Tuesday-Saturday (3pm-10pm), with a "Patio" that is a closed off former alley next to the restaurant.

    BYOB

    Parking on both Northwest Hwy and behind the restaurant
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #238 - July 8th, 2019, 7:00 am
    Post #238 - July 8th, 2019, 7:00 am Post #238 - July 8th, 2019, 7:00 am
    diversedancer wrote:Via Roma, formerly on Lee street in Des plaines, is now at 464 E. Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines

    That's a curious choice, for a relatively out-of-the-way part of Des Plaines, although it'll get traffic and visibility from commuters. With prime spots such as the former Leona's o Miner in downtown Des Plaines vacant, price must be a factor.
    The block that Via Roma was on previously is being torn down for 7 stories of condos. There's expected to be first-floor retail so I would expect new restaurants.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #239 - July 9th, 2019, 3:00 pm
    Post #239 - July 9th, 2019, 3:00 pm Post #239 - July 9th, 2019, 3:00 pm
    Boston Market is closing 10% of their restaurants. I couldn't find a complete list of which ones closed, but it looks like the one in Aurora on 59 closed since it's no longer listed on its website. If you go there frequently, I would call there first to see if they're still open.
    https://www.qsrmagazine.com/finance/bos ... sing-costs
  • Post #240 - July 9th, 2019, 3:15 pm
    Post #240 - July 9th, 2019, 3:15 pm Post #240 - July 9th, 2019, 3:15 pm
    In a weird bit of vertical integration Crate & Barrel is now in the restaurant business.

    https://www.tableatcrate.com/

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