Category Archives: Trends


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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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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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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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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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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Challenging Year Spurs Technology Investments

Jonathan Maze | Jan 12, 2017 | It’s safe to say that 2016 was a challenging year for the restaurant industry. Take it from the restaurant executives who presented to investors at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week: “2016 was challenging,” Papa Murphy’s CFO Mark Hutchens said. “2016 was the most challenging

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NPD: Restaurant Traffic Won’t Improve In 2017

Jonathan Maze | Jan 03, 2017 | A restaurant industry that struggled with weak sales and traffic in 2016 shouldn’t expect much improvement in 2017, according to The NPD Group. Chicago-based NPD expects restaurant industry traffic to remain stalled in 2017, the market research firm said Tuesday. Traffic will also continue its long-term shift

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7 Hottest New Bars In Chicago

From boozy slushies to elegant martinis, these Chicago hot spots have raised the bar on our city’s drinking scene. Far beyond the confines of Downtown, new booze dens can be found along nondescript stretches of Logan Square, high inside hospital buildings and everywhere in between. Consider this our help in navigating. 1. Estero (Logan Square)

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New App Offers Month’s Supply Of Lunch (…For Just $119)

Move over, brown bags, there’s a new lunch app in town that promises to go easy on your wallet and tummy. Launching today in Chicago, MealPal—which is already available in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Miami—is the brainchild of Mary Biggins (ClassPass) and Katie Ghelli (ZocDoc) and offers users weekday lunches for a flat

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