Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Click on the pins to learn more about the new businesses that have opened since last fall in downtown Evanston, according to a report from the business district.
Since last October 15 new businesses have opened in downtown Evanston, with more than half of them in the food industry. The new businesses employ a total of 112 full-time and 67 part-time workers, according to city data.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Construction work has already begun at 1615 Oak Ave. downtown, where Smylie Bros. Restaurant and Brewery is expected to open in August or September.
It’s a new day in Evanston—once a dry community and the national headquarters of the temperance movement—where a gin distillery is up and running, a bar devoted to craft beers just opened downtown and what could be the city’s first brewery is slated to open at 1615 Oak Ave. this summer. Smylie Bros. Restaurant and Brewery will serve a variety of craft beers brewed in house, as well as barbecue and wood-fired pizza, among other offerings. “Considering that Evanston was dry…it’s really the first brewery in its history, which is pretty cool,” says owner Michael Smylie. The brewpub is also the first restaurant venture for Smylie, who left a career as a commodities trader to become a chef. “It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to do …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
World of Beer is set for a grand opening downtown on Tuesday, Jan. 22, while a new wine store is already open on Davis Street. Read on for more business openings and closings.
World Of Beers Opening Today The bar and restaurant is set to host its grand opening at 1601 Sherman Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to the World of Beer website. Owner Ted Mavrakis worked out a deal to open a franchise of the national chain in the Fountain Square building after a failed attempt to bring in the Hooter’s-like restaurant Tilted Kilt. The 5,800-square-foot spot will offer more than 50 varieties on tap, with a focus on craft brews. Chicago’s Home of Chicken And Waffles Coming Soon on Dempster Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles will open in the next couple of weeks at 2424 Dempster St., according to Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd Ward). Braithwaite said the restaurant has hired approximately 75 employees so far, most of …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Stories about Bop ‘N Grill closing, Found Kitchen opening and a new music venue called 27 Live were among the most read business stories of 2012.
Between Trader Joe’s coming to Chicago Avenue and Found Kitchen opening in downtown Evanston, food-related business stories were among the most popular in Evanston. Take a look at the top-most read business stories of 2012 to catch up on some of the biggest developments in Evanston. 1. Bop 'N Grill To Get Spotlight on Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, host of Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives, visited the restaurant’s Rogers Park location in March. The episode on the Korean hamburger eatery aired a few months later. 2. Cross-Rhodes Restaurant Mourns Owner’s Death Cross-Rhodes founder and longtime Evanston resident Jeff Russell passed away in September. His daughter, Maria, who owns the restaurant, continues to serve up Greek food at the …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
After a failed attempt to bring the Hooter’s-like restaurant Tilted Kilt to the Fountain Square building, owner Ted Mavrakis is ready to open a World of Beer bar and restaurant there in December.
At the former Prudential real estate offices in Fountain Square, construction crews have been hard at work for weeks installing a curving bar, a row of shining taps and a wall full of coolers ready to hold more than 50 varieties of craft beer. After three years of vacancy at 1601 Sherman Ave., a World of Beer franchise is opening up at the site in downtown Evanston this December. “Our emphasis will be craft beers that are local that people can’t get in other places,” explains general manager Mark Damas. The World of Beer company is a national chain that started in Florida in 2007. Evanston’s location will be only the second location in Illinois, joining a World of Beer that opened within the past year in Naperville. If construction goes …
Monday, October 8, 2012
New businesses in town include a World of Beer franchise, a custom wedding dress shop and an outpost of Rick Bayless' Frontera Fresca restaurant at Northwestern University. Hota Restaurant on Prairie has closed.
If you like beer and Mexican food, you're in luck this fall. Two new pubs selling craft beer are opening up in Evanston, and the city will also be blessed with two new Mexican restaurants. Read on for all of the latest business openings, closings and relocations in our Comings & Goings column, which chronicles the business scene in Evanston. Smylie Brothers Brewpub To Fill Illinois Unemployment Office Evanston’s city council recently approved a liquor license for Smylie Brothers Restaurant and Brewery, which will take over the 8,400-square-foot building that once housed the Illinois Unemployment Office at 1608 Oak Ave. According to city documents, the restaurant and brewery will provide seating for 200 with a menu featuring craft beers and…
Friday, March 2, 2012
At issue is the proposed Sherman Avenue bar's decision not to sell food.