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Pop-Ups Expected To Grow In Chicago Thanks To New Licensing System

Ravi Baichwal | ABC 7 Chicago | December 3, 2018 Watch for more pop-up restaurants, stores and services across Chicago. The city unveiled a new licensing system Monday to make it easier for micro-businesses to open. It’s a way to cultivate entrepreneurship in the city’s diverse neighborhoods. At the corner of 79th and Woodlawn sits a community hub bursting

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Tock Raises $9.5 Million, Led By Valor, Origin

John Pletz | Crain’s Chicago Business | November 28, 2018 Tock, a Chicago maker of restaurant-reservation software, is sticking around for a third course. Even as consolidation has claimed other rivals to OpenTable—such as Reserve, which recently was acquired by Resy—Tock marches on. The four-year-old company raised $9.5 million in its third round of funding. The deal was

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French Restaurants Have Been Closing In Chicago. Can Le Sud Buck The Trend? Mais Oui.

Phil Vettel | Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018 Le Sud is only 7 weeks old, but already looks like a hit. It has a veteran management team, a chef who cooks with intelligence and purpose, an interesting and highly affordable wine list, and bright, attentive service. Good night, everybody! OK, details. Le Sud (“the south”)

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Why Calculating the Customer Lifetime Value Could Save Your Restaurant

Pedanco | November 2018 Think about how much it costs to acquire a new customer. You put up expensive signage inside and outside the restaurant. Your website itself (not to mention the management of it) comes with a monthly cost. You run promotions in-house and offer discounts online to lure customers in. You try to maintain a

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Nine Chicago Steakhouses Rank Among America’s Highest-Grossing Independent Restaurants

Ashok Selvam | Eater | October 25, 2018 Yes, for yet another year Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in the Gold Coast is the top-grossing independent restaurant in Chicago, according to the latest Restaurant Business Online top 100 list. This year, Gibsons made $25.5 million in sales, a 2.9 percent increase from 2017’s numbers. Gibsons also moved up one spot nationally, from No. 10

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What Restaurants Need to Know About the Bill Trying to Save Mom-and-Pops from Rent Hikes

Carla Vianna | Eater New York | October 23, 2018 Restaurants struggling to cope with pricey rent hikes may benefit from a proposed bill — discussed Monday in City Council — that seeks to level the playing field between landlords and commercial tenants in NYC. The bill, dubbed the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, gives tenants a right to a lease renewal, including

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A ‘Milk Bar’ Is Coming to Hubbard Street in River North

Ashok Selvam | Eater | October 18, 2018 SVN Restaurant Resource Group’s Scott Reinish represented the tenant in the transaction. Hubbard Street should soon have a new bar that appears to focus on sweets from one of the co-owners of Shore Club, the restaurant/club at North Avenue Beach. A spokesperson confirmed that JoJo’s Milk Bar is on its way inside the short-lived Coco Champagne Lounge space

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Chicago’s Quietest, Loudest Restaurants Ranked In ‘Yelp-Like’ App For Noise

Alisa Hauser & Mina Bloom | Block Club Chicago | October 3, 2018 CHICAGO —  Folks who can’t hear what their Tinder date is saying over the blaring music at a burger bar can now whip out their iPhones and warn others to find a quieter place for a conversation. SoundPrint, described as a “Yelp for noise levels,” allows users

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This New Restaurant Brings Southern French Dishes to Roscoe Village

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | September 27, 2018 SVN Restaurant Resource Group’s Scott Reinish represented the buyer in the transaction. Roscoe Village received a culinary upgrade earlier this week when Le Sud, a new two-level restaurant, opened. Dishes on its Mediterranean French menu includes rabbit leg à la Provençal and a foie gras tart. It’s a casual spot

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Axe-Throwing Bar Receives One-Day Liquor License Suspension Over Safety Concerns

Brenna Houck | Eater Detroit | September 26, 2018 A metro Detroit axe-throwing bar received a brief suspension of its liquor license for what regulators described as a potentially dangerous activities involving alcohol and sharp objects flying through the air. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) confirmed in a release on Tuesday that Auburn Hills-based entertainment venue Hub Stadium has investigated for

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