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POLL: What Should Move in to the Carlson Building Restaurant Spots?

In this series, Evanston Patch solicits your ideas for what to do with empty spaces around town. Today, we’re wondering what you’d like to see move in at two former restaurant sites downtown.

Restaurateur Robert LaPata opened three restaurants in downtown Evanston’s historic Carlson Building in late 2007—and all three closed less than a year later, in summer 2008. 

has since moved in to the former site of La Petite Amelia at 618 Church Street, serving up French fare since 2010. Next door, Uber Burger reopened as Nue Uber Burger, but the restaurant appears to have closed once again. Dial the telephone number, and a recorded voice tells you, “the number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service,” while the web address pulls up a blank page. Omaggio, on the other hand, has remained empty for the past four years.

Located at 1641 Orrington Ave., the Omaggio space includes deli and party rooms and seats 175, according to the sign posted on the door. 

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Jim Osburn September 14, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Let's be really different: a combo hookah lounge/country western venue? Talk about the need for "fusion!" Cushions in the shape of western saddles, ten gallon kapis on everyone's heads, fragrant smoke vibrating to the twang of a steel guitar. That would be enough to lure Richard Shulte back to Evanston!
Tea September 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Jim...PLEASE don't bait Mr. Schulte!! LOL!
jim September 16, 2012 at 01:47 AM
WOuldn't it be nice to have some input from Richard.
Procrustes' Foil September 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM
How about a true New York Jewish deli? Who wouldn't like chopped liver, chicken soup, sliced pastrami, and so much more?
jim September 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
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