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  • Small kitchen fire at Wildfire in Lincolnshire Dec 25, 2014 7:49 PM
    No one was injured but many Christmas dinner plans were altered by a small kitchen fire at Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood restaurant in Lincolnshire at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Greg Nemeth, a manager at Wildfire, said the restaurant wasn’t able to reopen after the fire, which fire officials said was partially extinguished by the sprinkler system.

     
  • Restaurants seeking simpler menus Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Casual-dining restaurants, long known for boasting tome-like menus to appeal to a broad range of customers, are narrowing their offerings to focus on the cuisines they do best. The changes are geared toward winning back customers from fast- casual eateries and keep prices low.

     
  • Best restaurants of 2014: Seasonal cuisine, steaks please reviewers Dec 23, 2014 2:59 PM
    The farm-to-table movement has moved into the mainstream. So it shouldn't be a shocker that many of the restaurants on our reviewers' best-of 2014 list have menus that follow the seasons. Check out some of their favorite spots and dishes from the past year.

     
  • Dining events: Check out the seasonal menu at RAM Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    The RAM offers some seasonal flavors; Pasquale’s open in East Dundee; Billy Goat Tavern in Mount Prospect closes.

     
  • Local Italians should reject new restaurant Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Rita Bongiorno registers her complaint with the name of a new Arlington Heights restaurant.

     
  • Sad to see Billy Goat leaving Randhurst Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Suzy Finn eulogizes the Billy Goat at randhurst, which closed Dec. 15 - and worries that the management of the new mall doesn't have it right, yet.

     
  • Dining events: LongHorn intros winter menu Dec 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    Now through February, taste winter at LongHorn Steakhouse with new seasonal entrees. Chicago’s oldest family-run steakhouse announced plans and the location for its first expansion: Rosemont. The yet-to-be named restaurant will go in at 9421 W. Higgins Road.

     
  • Chain bringing ‘fast-casual pizza’ to Naperville, Schaumburg Dec 18, 2014 3:56 PM
    Defining the concept of “fast-casual pizza” is the biggest challenge for Pie Five Pizza, a restaurant chain expanding to the area with a store to open February in Naperville. “One of our biggest challenges is letting people know what we are,” said Chris Smith, senior vice president and a former Naperville resident. “They don’t know what fast-casual pizza is.”

     
  • Small plates, bold flavors define Oak Brook's El Tapeo Dec 16, 2014 6:03 AM
    Good things come in small packages. And at El Tapeo in Oak Brook they come on small plates as well. Chef Franco Diaz puts a contemporary twist on traditional Spanish tapas at this newer restaurant on the ninth floor of Le Meridien hotel. For a harmonious dining experience, you can't do much better than El Tapeo.

     
  • New breakfast spot Nora’s Cafe opens in Naperville Dec 16, 2014 9:47 AM
    Four-year-old Nora Besiri, namesake of the new Nora's Cafe in Naperville, likes the pancakes, and other customers have been enjoying the omelettes, skillets, fresh-cut hash browns and house-made chips the restaurant has been serving since it opened Nov. 3. "This has been a dream of ours to have our own," Nora's owner Tim Besiri of Westmont said about the new restaurant. "You can tell it's not a chain; it's a family-oriented small business."

     
  • Constable: Can this be the meal of my dreams if there's no McWine? Dec 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    I waded through the many menu options, but now the server brings out the entree "of my dreams," and asks if there's anything else he can do for me. I'm tempted to ask what sort of McCab wine goes best with this McDonald's hamburger.

     
  • Ye Olde Town Inn, Billy Goat latest restaurants to close in suburbs Dec 11, 2014 6:53 PM
    Ye Olde Town Inn and the Billy Goat Tavern in Mount Prospect recently joined the list of restaurants closing down in the suburbs. They are not alone. Here is a look at the restuarnts that have closed, and opened, in the suburbs this year.

     
  • Dining events: Brunch Cafe opens 4th restaurant Dec 10, 2014 6:30 AM
    Brunch Cafe recently opened its fourth location in Huntley. The contemporary breakfast and lunch cafe offers traditional breakfast items and other decadent twists. Charms Grill and Drink, a Greek and American restaurant in Vernon Hills, recently underwent renovations and reopened under new owner Steve Morakalis.

     
  • Dry-aged beef, lively atmosphere impress at Grillhouse by David Burke Dec 10, 2014 9:38 AM
    Grillhouse by David Burke in Schaumburg hasn't been open long, but it's on track to become a local favorite. The restaurant, which opened in late October by New York-based celebrity chef David Burke, offers a wider range of menu items than a traditional steakhouse, and puts a different spin on some of the dishes he offers at David Burke Primehouse in Chicago's James Hotel. But the beef, its preparation, quality and Burke's patented drying method remain unaltered.

     
  • Gene & Georgetti picks Rosemont for first expansion Dec 10, 2014 10:01 PM
    The oldest family-owned steakhouse in Chicago is opening a second location — the first time the owners have done so in 75 years — in Rosemont. “We want to bring everything people love about Gene & Georgetti in, while also giving that location its own spirit and feel, ” said Michelle Durpetti, a third-generation manager.

     
  • Billy Goat closing Randhurst Village location Dec. 15 Dec 9, 2014 12:09 PM
    The Billy Goat Tavern and Grill in Mount Prospect, one of the founding tenants of the redeveloped Randhurst Village shopping center, will say goodbye after one final Chicago Bears game next Monday, Dec. 15. General Manager Markos Constantinou, son-in-law of Billy Goat proprietor Sam Sianis, said the decision to close that location was a cooperative one with Randhurst Village management.

     
  • Ye Olde Town Inn in Mt. Prospect abruptly closes Dec 8, 2014 5:02 PM
    Just months after receiving a $6.5 million settlement from the village of Mount Prospect, the owner of longtime downtown dining staple Ye Olde Town Inn abruptly closed the business Sunday. Former employees saidthere was no notice given before the restaurant closed its doors for good. “Due to personal interest and family concerns, Ye Olde Town Inn is closed,” owner Tod Curtis said.

     
  • For holidays, seasonal flavors bring sales boon Dec 7, 2014 7:00 AM
    Limited-time flavors are a proven way to attract customers throughout the year. Flavors like candy cane and gingerbread are particularly popular because of the power scents and flavors have to evoke time spent with loved ones. “It's about the emotions it triggers,” said Tawana Burnett, senior marketing director for ChapStick, which this year introduced a pumpkin pie flavor for the holidays, in addition to its candy cane variety.

     
  • American-Caribbean restaurant opening Saturday in Round Lake Dec 5, 2014 6:15 PM
    Round Lake Mayor Daniel MacGillis, village board trustees and others will be among those on the guest list for the grand opening of Aiden’s Place, a family restaurant on Route 120 that’ll specialize in American and Caribbean cuisine. “We are trying to focus more on our businesses, and that is why we want the grand openings known,” Deputy Clerk Martha Koechig said.

     
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus Dec 4, 2014 5:15 AM
    Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays.

     
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