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Mom-and-Pop Joints Are Trouncing America’s Big Restaurant Chains

Leslie Patton | Bloomberg | May 16, 2017 There’s a limit to unlimited breadsticks after all. Americans are rejecting the consistency of national restaurant chains after decades of dominance in favor of the authenticity of locally owned eateries, with their daily specials and Mom’s watercolors decorating the walls. It’s a turning point in the history

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What Happens To Lettuce Entertain You Without Rich Melman?

By Peter Frost | Crain’s | May 6, 2017 Rich Melman founded what would become the country’s biggest independent restaurant group, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, in 1971. When it’s time, he plans to hand it over to his children, R.J., Jerrod and Molly. That time is coming. Rich Melman wants to start taking Mondays off.

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How To Sneak Into Chicago’s Most Secret Bars

By Elizabeth Atkinson, Morgan Olsen and Time Out Chicago editors | April 18 2017 It’s easy enough to know about Chicago’s hidden speakeasies, but just how easy is it to actually get in? We snuck into some of the city’s most secret bars to share the tips and tricks we learned along the way. From cocktail

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Only One Irish Bar In Chicago Ranked Among Top 50 In The U.S.

By Ariel Cheung | March 22, 2017 11:59am | DNAinfo AVONDALE — There’s no denying that Chief O’Neill’s is about as Irish as it gets. From its namesake Chicago police superintendent to the menu stocked with Irish staples, the Avondale bar has been steeped in Irish tradition since it opened in 1999. And as it

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Love Hot Dog Carts? You May See A Lot More Of Them This Summer

Heather Cherone | Feb 9, 2017 THE LOOP — Chicagoans may have more street dining options this summer if the City Council slashes the cost of licenses required to sell everything from hot dogs and tamales to crepes and corn. The changes, put forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as part of a larger overhaul of

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This Chicago Restaurant’s Inspiration by Salvador Dalí Paintings Will BLOW YOUR MIND

Vice’s Tori Telfer recently reported on a five-course meal at Chicago’s Ruxbin. The catch? Each course of the $125-per-plate dinner was inspired by of Salvador Dali’s infamous 1973 cookbook, Les Diners de Gala. See the results for yourself: Beet rose, black sesame dirt, foie gras torchon, brioche, winter lettuce, aerated persimmon, hazelnut, feta, endive. Inspired

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Bubble Bursts For Independent Restaurants

Lisa Jennings | For months, industry watchers have been warning about a restaurant bubble about to burst. It’s a recurring theme that arises whenever a restaurant closes or a chain files bankruptcy. Bubble believers say there are just too many restaurants and not enough people eating out. “The market is saturated,” said Bonnie Riggs,

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There’s A Massive Restaurant Industry Bubble, And It’s About To Burst

By: Kevin Alexander | December 30, 2016 | AS SOON AS HE WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR, Matt Semmelhack knew it was over. He’d been away from his San Francisco restaurant AQ for less than a week, but when he got back, it just felt different. It went beyond the usual concerns of the modern restaurateur.

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Chicago’s 13 Best Budget-Friendly Restaurants

1. Tank Noodle “Tank Noodle has a huge menu, but the main reason to come here is for the pho. Nothing compares to a steaming bowl of this stuff on a blustery winter (or spring) day. If soup isn’t your thing, they also have a million types of Vietnamese noodles and super cheap sandwiches.” 2.

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Trump Victory Leaves Questions For Business

By: Joe Kefauver | November 9, 2016 | A big chunk of American citizens and corporate leaders are going to wake up this morning, tomorrow and the next day with more questions than answers on the heels of Trump’s shocking win. Nowhere are there more questions about the future than on Wall Street. The simple

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