Bill FitzGerald Selling Namesake Berwyn Nightclub After Nearly 4-Decade Run

Steve Johnson | Chicago Tribune | August 4th, 2017 When Bill FitzGerald started going to the music venue that became FitzGerald’s, there were deer heads and velour on the walls and Herb Alpert and classic country on the jukebox, and the owners lived in the room behind the stage that is now FitzGerald’s office and

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Amazon Files Meal-Kits Trademark, Treading on Blue Apron’s Turf

Lauren Thomas | CNBC | July, 17th 2017 Amazon, whose plans to acquire supermarket chain Whole Foods pose a threat to the grocery industry, appears to be entering the meal-kits business. Amazon registered a trademark in the U.S. on July 6 for a service described as: “We do the prep. You be the chef.” The service will

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Chicago Kitchen Incubator Will Be Much More Than A Place To Cook

Oscar Perry Abello | Next City | July 19, 2017 Angela Taylor has been helping her neighbors grow food for years on the west side of Chicago. Soon, she’ll be helping some of them grow food businesses. Taylor learned how to grow stuff at a young age. “Me being the youngest girl, I didn’t get to

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7 Key Indicators Lenders Look For In A Restaurant Franchisee Seeking Financing

CIT | 5/16/16 So you need financing for your restaurants? Just like packing for a trip, you need some standard items – things to keep in mind before you pick up that phone. There are a host of macro and microeconomic (or top down vs bottom up) reasons lenders like extending credit in the restaurant

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Poll: Which Outlook Best Describes The Current State Of The Restaurant Industry?

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Another Restaurant Closes. That Doesn’t Mean The Industry Is Headed For A Crash.

Maura Judkis | Washington Post | July 3rd, 2017 Ripple was the kind of warm, welcoming place that bred regulars like rabbits. It was both upscale and casual, and not overpriced. It won awards and was fondly reviewed. It was filled with people until, gradually, it wasn’t. “Our sales were down, and they’ve been down over

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‘Chicago’s Only Caviar Bar’ Coming to Humboldt Park’s Bar Marta Space

Ashok Selvam | Eater | June 27th, 2017 Will an oyster bar succeed in Humboldt Park where Bar Marta struggled? The owners of Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar hope so, as they’ve taken over Bar Marta’s former space at 2700 N. Chicago Ave. and hope to open in early August, according to a rep. They’re billing it

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Food Service Distributors Including Sysco, US Foods Fall On Report Amazon Wants To Enter Space

Jeff Daniels | CNBC | June 23rd, 2017 Amazon may want to dive into food service distribution, potentially shaking up an industry now dominated by three large players, according to a report. “The risk has increased that AMZN becomes a disruptor to food service distribution models,” said JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe in a research note published Friday. It

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Tour Sal’s Trattoria, Another Attempt to Impress Southport with Italian Food

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | June 14th, 2017 The chef behind Butcher & The Burger in Lincoln Park hopes his new Italian restaurant will solve an enigmatic corner in Lakeview that’s struggled to keep tenants. Sal’s Trattoria, 2834 N. Southport Ave., opens tonight and Allen Sternwelier says he’s focusing on great service and affordable

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Tapster Makes Drinking More Communal (and Creative)

Peter Ranvestel and Bettina Chang | Chicago Magazine |  June 19th, 2017 Don’t assume that Tapster (2027 W. North Ave., Wicker Park), the self-service drinking hole without bartenders, removes the human element from a business. If our recent visit is any indication, the opposite is true. The bar was bustling this weekend, with some people stepping

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