Wednesday, March 6, 2013
FrancoNello's opening this month in Beverly? Andy's Frozen Custard eyes Burbank. Mariano's looks to Evergreen Park. Gotcha Haircut opens in Oak Lawn.
Calabria Imports owner Pat Roberto said this week’s closing of the Evergreen Park location at 3512 W. 95th St. was not an easy decision but one that had to be made. “It was starting to hurt the Beverly location,” he said. “I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I appreciate everything that was done for us by the mayor and customers.” Roberto said the Evergreen store had a good customer base but it just wasn’t enough to justify keeping the location open any longer. “We’ll offer delivery to Evergreen Park to try to keep those customers,” he said. “Also, any gift certificates purchased at the Evergreen Park location are good at the Beverly location.” He said the cook from Evergreen was brought over to the Beverly location as well as a couple of other …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Rainbow Cone to break winter hibernation next week | Pizza Hut opens in Evergreen Park | Great Clips coming to Merrionette Park.
Papa John’s pizza, the national chain with Broncos QB Peyton Manning as its spokesman, is trying again in Oak Lawn. Its latest endeavor opened a few weeks ago at 10308 S. Cicero Ave. An earlier franchise that opened on 95th Street closed some time ago. The new store offers delivery daily from 10:30 a.m. to midnight and carryout orders from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. It also accepts online orders. For information, call 708-423-7272 or visit Papa John’s. Rainbow Cone at 9233 S. Western Ave. in Beverly will reopen at noon on Wednesday, March 6, with its grand reopening celebration on Saturday, March 9. For the first time, the ice cream shop will give away free Rainbow Cone T-shirts to the first 100 people through the door at noon on March 9. All …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Jive Turkey cooking in Morgan Park, Grassano's Pizza still open, Andriana Furs consolidates in Beverly.
Oak Lawn officials are expected to announce next week, possibly on Feb. 26, the first anchor store for the redevelopment project that will be getting under way this year at 111th Street and Cicero Avenue. The village has for months been demolishing buildings at the site in preparation for the redevelopment project, which is being handled by Hamilton Partners. Mayor Dave Heilmann teased Oak Lawn Chamber members with this piece of information but refused to disclose the pending lessee's name during his annual State of the Village address at the Hilton on Feb. 12. “Once we sign, the rest of these spaces will fill up rapidly," Heilmann said. “Who,” an audience member shouted. The mayor said the anchor store would generate $50 million in annual…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Rusty Nail owner opens new place in Palos Hills, cupcake kiosk debuts at Chicago Ridge Mall, Mangoe Pizza opens in Alsip, entrepreneur conference coming to Tinley Park and more local business news.
The Tenth Planet comic book store moved Feb. 1 into new digs at 9736 Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn. “We moved for economic reasons,” said co-owner Paul Figura. “The space is a little smaller but the rent is better.” Figura said that despite the move to smaller quarters, he and his partner, Dan Matteson, would like to open a couple of more stores. “They’d have to be in areas that don’t already have a comic book store,” he said. “People in this business tend to be very territorial.” Fugura and Matteson each oversee a different part of the business, which was founded in Oak Lawn in 1990 and that they have owned since 2006. “I take care of the comics while Dan oversees the games part of the business,” Figura said. The store has two employees …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Horse Thief Hollow opens for lunch, Baker's Footwear closes at Chicago Ridge Mall, Fifth Third Bank offering discounted Auto Show tickets and more local business news.
Leona’s restaurant closed over the weekend at 6616 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn. The move was part of the 63-year-old chain’s retooling that includes shutting down its Hop Haus gastropub, moving a city location, closing two of its suburban locations and selling its headquarters and production facility at 3931 S. Leavitt St. in Chicago. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that northwest Indiana-based Texas Corral Grill & Saloon had signed a lease for the Oak Lawn building, but a manager at the steakhouse’s Highland, Ind., location refused to comment and referred calls to the corporate office, which were not returned. Calls to the former Oak Lawn Leona's location are being forwarded to the Calumet City location, where a manager said half of the …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The latest in area business news
Amid announced plans to expand nationally and internationally by more than 400 stores, the Krispy Kreme doughnut chain recently closed its last remaining Southland location at 14747 S. Cicero Ave. in Midlothian. Bloomberg reported that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.'s stock value has soared 60 percent since adding such healthy menu items as oatmeal, fruit juice and smoothies, and 22 percent this month after rumors of a takeover. In December the doughnut-franchise closed a Philadelphia-Krispy Kreme, saying "it was a bad fit" for the area it was in, after just 18 months of operation. The Casual Male XL store at 2627 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park is closed indefinitely after its roof collapsed without warning on Saturday. The store, which caters…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The return of Wonder Bread, Career Education Corp. to close Tinley Park campus, Marquette Bank helps families at Christmas.
Beverly Bank & Trust closed a deal on Jan. 7 to buy a parcel of land owned by Oak Lawn on 95th Street between Raymond Avenue and 53rd Avenue for $1.8 million. Beverly Bank, which is part of the Wintrust financial group, will build a new bank at the site that will include space for a senior community center. “We are planning a spring groundbreaking and anticipate opening in the fourth quarter,” said Mike Johnstone, CEO of Beverly Bank & Trust. Johnstone said a temporary facility will be erected on the site prior to the permanent structure being completed. “We still have to go through the planning process with the village,” Johnstone said. “There are lots of moving pieces with a bank.” Johnstone said the new building would be from 20,000 …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Aldi to hold job fairs this morning at area locations. Fashion Bug stores are coming to end of the road.
A co-owner of Calabria Imports in Evergreen Park said the deli's Beverly location at 1905 W. 103rd St. hopes to reopen by Thursday after closing Tuesday over what she said was a "leasing issue." "The Beverly location was closed (Tuesday and Wednesday) because the owner is working out some leasing issues with the landlord," said Victoria Barajas, a co-owner of the Evergreen location with Pat Roberto, who owns the Beverly location. "He hopes to reopen by Thursday," she said. She flatly denied the Beverly location was closed for good. "That's just not true," she said. "Pat is working on the lease." There was no mention of the closing on either the deli's website or Facebook page. The Fashion Bug store at 8735 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview’s …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Big Pappa's feeds the hungry, Rainbow opens in Ford City, and Horse Thief Brewing Co. is coming to Beverly..
- Bob Bong
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Planet Fitness health center opened earlier this month at 9503 S. Cicero Ave. in the Green Oak Shopping Center in the former Oak Lawn Fresh Market. Work on the 17,400-square-foot health center began in the summer, said Steve Kant, vice president of Robin Realty, the company that owns and manages the mall. "We already have 700 members," said Annie, one of the center's managers. "We have a good crowd." The center is open 24 hours and features an array of exercise equipment such as ellipticals, spin cycles, free weights and resistance-training equipment along with a massage zone and tanning beds. The center has locker facilities and showers for both men and women. Planet Fitness operates more than 500 fitness centers in 46 states and prides …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Title lending company opens in Oak Lawn, Caputo's dispels rumor, Evergreen Park Ice Rink open for skating and care packages for the troops.
- Bob Bong
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Southtown Paint and Wallpaper, which has been in the painting business for more than 70 years, will be closing its Evergreen Park store at the end of December. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Store manager Mark Keele said the Evergreen location at 3401 W. 95th St. will be consolidating with the company’s store at 11951 W. 143rd St. in Orland Park as of Jan. 1. Keele, who has been with the company for 11 years, said all five employees at the Evergreen store would be transferring to the Orland store. “We are holding an inventory reduction sale,” he said to pare down the amount of painting supplies the company will be moving to the Orland store. “We will still deliver to the Evergreen Park area, like we …