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A kitchen staffer at “The Star” pizzeria  prepares a pizza for delivery by DoorDash in San Jose, California, U.S. in this handout photo

DoorDash Opens Silicon Valley Home For ‘Virtual’ Restaurants

Lisa Baertlein | Reuters | October 30th, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After helping customers bypass dining rooms, food delivery company DoorDash is giving chefs the option to do the same with delivery-only “virtual” restaurants run out of its new commissary in Silicon Valley. Bay Area restaurateur Ben Seabury, who wanted to test the delivery-only concept

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Here Are Chicago’s Top-Earning Restaurants

David Matthews | DNAinfo Chicago | October 30th, 2017 DOWNTOWN — Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse grossed nearly $25 million last year, tops among all Chicago restaurants, according to a new study. The venerable Rush Street steakhouse is one of nine Chicago restaurants on Restaurant Business’ list of the top 100 independent restaurants in the country. That’s down from 10 in

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UberEats Nudges Operators Toward Virtual Restaurants

Lisa Jennings | Restaurant Hospitality | October 19, 2017 Chicago pizzeria owner Simon Mikhail had been working with UberEats for about a year when the third-party delivery service approached him last year with a proposition. UberEats users in his neighborhood had been searching for “chicken” through the delivery service’s app, they told him, but there

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Restaurant Rivals Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Lisa Jennings | Restaurant Hospitality | October 10, 2017 The already heated competition for butts in seats in the independent restaurant industry is about to get hotter. But the biggest threat to market share comes not from the restaurant down the street, but from outside the industry. Restaurant operators may soon see themselves losing guests

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No New Bars In River North? New Law Could Mean Last Call

David Matthews and Tanveer Ali | DNAinfo | October 11, 2017 RIVER NORTH — It could be last call for more alcohol in River North. The City Council voted Wednesday to prohibit new liquor licenses in much of the neighborhood long known for its nightlife. Citing an “over-concentration” of bars in the area, the new law introduced by 42nd Ward Ald.

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The Food Industry is a Zero Sum Game – What this Means for Landlords and Retailers

Brad Umansky | The Broker List | September 29, 2017 Are the restaurant and grocery industries a zero sum game? I believe so. Despite my desire to eat all day at different places, it is simply not possible for me or anyone else.  As a result, any decision we make to consume food at one place

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Wrigley Deal: Bars, Rooftops Get Home-Run Breaks On Property Taxes

Tim Novak | Chicago Sun-Times| September 25, 2017 Welcome to Wrigleyville: Home of the world champion Cubs — and some of Chicago’s best deals on property taxes. Take Casey Moran’s, one of the most popular bars in the booming neighborhood. Two years ago, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios reclassified Casey Moran’s from commercial to residential property

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Bypassing The Bartender

Liz Barrett | Restaurant Hospitality | September 11, 2017 Today’s consumer loves convenience and new experiences, which is exactly what a self-serve beverage system delivers. Access to a variety of alcoholic beverages when and where guests want them minus the wait time seems like a win-win for everyone. But is it right for your restaurant? The average

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Zoning Committee Down-Zones Double Door Over Owner’s Objections

Fran Spielman | Chicago Sun-Times | September 11, 2017 The City Council’s Zoning Committee on Monday down-zoned the property that once housed the now-shuttered Double Door music venue in Wicker Park over the property owner’s strenuous objections. Local Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) used his iron-fisted control over zoning to muscle through a change that

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The Hottest Restaurants In Chicago Right Now, September 2017

Daniel Gerzina & Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | September 7, 2017 More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should one eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering

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