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Business Comings & Goings: Famous Dave’s Reopens After Smashing Debut

Hostess outlet stores fall victim to company's pending liquidation, Oak Lawn local businesses hold first-ever 'Small Business Saturday' local shopping event and Black Friday hours for area shopping malls.

Famous Dave’s in Evergreen Park reopened Tuesday at 2 p.m. after its grand opening on Monday was interrupted by a car crashing through the front window.

The barbecue restaurant at 2851 W. 95th St. will be open for business as usual today though the front of the building is sporting a wooden patch to cover the hole. Repairs are expected to be completed by sometime next week.

No one was injured in the incident that happened just a few hours after the eatery opened to the public.

Famous Dave’s is the third local business to survive a run-in with a car in recent months. Back in August, Bookie’s Paperbacks in Beverly and the Hostess/Wonder Bread outlet store in Burbank both were hit by cars.

For information on Famous Dave’s, call 708-423-5546 or visit Famous Dave’s online.

Hostess outlet stores close

Even in the likely event that someone comes along and buys the rights and recipes to keep making and selling Hostess Twinkies, Ho Hos and Cupcakes, gone forever will be the Hostess outlet stores, which used to be paradise for bargain hunters looking to stock up on discounted Wonder bread, fruit pies and boxes of Ding-Dongs.

Employees at Hostess outlet stores in Richton Park and Burbank both said that while the company’s brands, particularly its bread and cake lines, were likely going to be acquired as soon as the U.S. bankruptcy judge gives the OK for the company to begin winding down, their stores would be closed for good once inventory runs out and that was expected to happen early this week.

“We’re history,” said an employee at the store in Richton Park. “The cake line will be bought up by someone and they’ll still be sold in stores. But we’re done. First it was Sara Lee and now us.”

An employee at the store in Burbank echoed those comments.

“We’re not going to reopen,” she said.

Oak Lawn Holiday Trolley This Weekend

As part of Small Business Saturday, a free trolley will take residents and visitors through the Oak Lawn 95th Street business district from Cicero to Ridgeland avenues on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

This inaugural service is being provided by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce and various small businesses to promote shopping in the community.

Local businesses are still being invited to participate in the pilot project. Cost is $42 per business and participating companies will be listed on a program and map.

For information, call 708-955-9117.

Black Friday Midnight Hours

Ford City Mall, Chicago Ridge Mall and Orland Square Mall all will be open starting at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 23.

This will be the first time Ford City will open at midnight, and the mall will give away free goody bags to the first 250 shoppers in the Center Court.

More than 90 stores at Chicago Ridge Mall will be opening early. The rest will open at 5 a.m.

Elsewhere, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Sears, Kmart, Kohl’s and Old Navy are among national chains that have said at least some of their stores will open as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

Sertoma thrift store adds Sunday hours

Alsip-based Sertoma Center has announced that its Good as New Thrift Store at 4331 Lincoln Highway in Matteson is now open Sundays.

“Being open on Sundays provides a convenient time to shop for our customers who don’t have time to shop during regular business hours,” said store manager Karey Wentz. “It gives shoppers more time to browse the hundreds of new and gently used items which can be found at Good as New.”

New store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information or to donate used items, call Wentz at 708-481-5627.

Thanksgiving for Stevie at Cork & Kerry

Do It Stevie’s Way, a charity named for the late Steven Bajenski, will benefit from a Thanksgiving for Stevie fundraiser at the Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western Ave. in Beverly, from 3-7 p.m. on Friday. Donations are $25 for adults and $10 for kids and students under 21.

There will be food, drink, music and more in honor of Bajenski, a Mt. Carmel High School student from Mokena who died in 2009 at the age of 17 after complications from heart surgery.

Donations support a scholarship at Mt. Carmel, Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, the Illinois Sparks and other charities.

For information, call 773-445-2675.

 If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.

lou November 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
i think more companies should follow hostess. dont let the unions dictate company polices
Borninol November 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Oh so your for letting a company take and take from its workers? I'm glad to see the workers stand up for themselves and not get pushed around by hostess. Lou, your a complete idiot and should do some research on a subject before you comment on it!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving
Nate November 22, 2012 at 08:16 AM
come on people this is just Corporate leaders being greedy and the closing of this company puts 18,000 workers out of a job and that hurts our economy and also hurts the little outlet stores and their business
Donna November 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I live in Oak Lawn and feel the closing of both Sara Lee and Hostess is especially a blow to the seniors who shopped at these stores. I will miss the stores and wish the workers well; they were always so nice at the Sara Lee store in OL.

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