Category Archives: Industry News

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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 Do You Replace A Beloved 54-Year-Old Restaurant?

Natalie Escobar | Chicago Magazine | May 1st, 2017 Danny Gutierrez Jr. can recall every moment of December 2, 2015. He had been sleeping on the sofa in the second-floor apartment above his family’s Pilsen restaurant Nuevo León, shortly after closing it for the night. Alone in the building, he had only slept for 15

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Attention Hipsters: Don’t Miss These Chicago Bars

Claire Volkman | April 24, 2017 | PASTE It may not hold a flame to Brooklyn or Portland in terms of sheer volume, but Chicago certainly has its share of flannel wearing, beard-donning, ironic mustache grooming hipsters. However, unlike a few years ago, that term no longer comes with a heavy hand of spite or

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Chicago Alderman Seek Control Over All City Licenses In Their Wards

Austin Berg | ChicagoNow | April 4, 2017 Chicago’s 50 aldermen hold near-despotic control over commercial activity within their wards. This has lead to an unrivaled culture of graft, greed and corruption within Windy City municipal government. But instead of taking steps to roll back extraordinary powers, some aldermen are dead set on expanding them.

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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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Logan Square Now Cocktail Bar Capital Of Chicago, But Has It Gone Too Far?

By Mina Bloom | March 15, 2017 LOGAN SQUARE — When the Whistler opened nearly nine years ago, specializing in cocktails, it was one of the only bars of its kind in the neighborhood. Back then, it was fair to assume that most people traveling down the relatively quiet block in search of drinks on

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Illinois Drinking Age Could Lower To 18 Under Parental Supervision

By: Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago| Mar 9, 2017 “Almost two years after state lawmakers brought back happy hour, Illinois legislators are pondering tinkering with booze laws again. This time they’re considering a bill which would allow 18 year olds to legally drink beer or wine at a restaurant—albeit with parental consent. Lowering the age

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Drunk At 3AM? Here Are 5 Chicago Restaurants That NEVER Close

1. Mr. Greek Gyros – 234 S Halsted St Many a Chicagoan have ended up here on a late night and wondered how they made it in and out of Greektown—but remember this—that gyro was probably delicious. Perhaps give it a go during daylight hours too. 2. Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp – 2120 S Canal St Fried fish

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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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