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LYFE Kitchen Among 4 New Restaurants Opening Downtown

Other openings in downtown Evanston include Szechuan restaurant Lao Sze Chuan and a new restaurant at the former North Shore Retirement Hotel.

LYFE kitchen owner Chef Art Smith signed copies of his new book "Healthy Comfort" at a California LYFE Kitchen on Sunday, May 19.
LYFE kitchen owner Chef Art Smith signed copies of his new book "Healthy Comfort" at a California LYFE Kitchen on Sunday, May 19.
Evanston's liquor control board recently reviewed licenses for four new restaurants slated to open downtown, including healthy fast food chain LYFE Kitchen and Szechuan restaurant Lao Sze Chuan.

Chicago restaurateur Tony Hu told Patch in October that he planned to open a branch of his Lao Sze Chuan restaurant at 1633 Orrington Ave. by the end of this year. The menu will feature the spicy Szechuan cuisine Hu is famous for, including some of the most popular items from Lao Sze Chuan’s Chinatown and Uptown locations, such as spicy hot pots and Ma Po Tofu (made with marinated pork, bean curd and mashed black beans).


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LYFE Kitchen is slated to open at 1603 Orrington Ave., according to the liquor control board's agenda. The new restaurant will be the second location in Illinois for the California-based chain, which recently opened an outpost in River North. Menu items include fresh salads like the kale Caesar, grass-fed burgers and quinoa wraps. LYFE is planning to open at least 10 locations in the Chicago area over the next five years, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

Also on the liquor control board's agenda was a license for a new restaurant called The Crystal Residence at the former North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Ave. Under a new ownership by the Horizon group, the renamed North Shore Residence is undergoing a $15- to $20-million renovation

A new restaurant called HKK also applied for a liquor license at 804 Davis St., the current location of Lulu's.

judi cole December 06, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Last paragraph: Lulu's is going out??!! You got a lot of 'splainin' to do.
Mildred December 06, 2013 at 06:48 PM
judi headline of article on EvanstonNow "LuLu's, downtown dining mainstay, is closing"
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 07:46 PM
It's true. We talked to Lulu's owner today, too: http://evanston.patch.com/groups/small-business/p/lulus-closing-in-january-after-21-years-in-evanston
judi cole December 06, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I love Lulu's...It's one of the best restaurants in Evanston. I'm so sorry that it's changing owners. xo
Scotirish December 07, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I feel the same way about Aurellios Pizza in Homewood, Il. But then the south suburbs are home to me. Even after 35 years of living here I've never acclimated to this town. Hence, I have never been to Lulu's.
Mildred December 07, 2013 at 02:21 PM
judi Lu Lu's isn't changing owners its Closing. A new restaurant with a New OWNER is moving in.
Mildred December 07, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Scot ever been to Ken and Dicks Pizza think they are on Oak Forest now.
Mildred December 07, 2013 at 02:22 PM
OOPS that's in Oak Forest

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