Palos Park approves Wu’s parking expansion despite criticism 

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By Jeff Vorva  Many of the 70-plus people in attendance at Monday night’s Palos Park village council meeting went home in disgust after the council unanimously voted to allow parking expansion at the Wu’s House restaurant. The expansion at the restaurant, located at 12300 S. LaGrange Road, has been a source of controversy since it…

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Comings & Goings: Chef opens own restaurant in Country Club Hills

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By Bob Bong Charmaine Candler began her journey to restaurateur while she was tending bar at Aces Bar and Grill in Country Club Hills and would regularly bring in home-cooked food for her customers. Four years ago, she officially opened her Charmz Kitchen inside Aces and started serving her Southern cuisine and signature egg rolls…

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Arrenello’s Pizza celebrates 50 years

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By Bob Bong Fifty years ago, Rich Matokar had to choose between buying a house or opening a business. He chose to quit his job at U.S. Steel South Works and open Arrenello’s Pizza in Glenwood and the rest, as they say, is history. “I did it on a whim,” he said. “A friend was…

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Pop’s to celebrate National Italian Beef Day with week of specials

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Palos Heights-based Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage is beefing up May this year with a week-long celebration of National Italian Beef Day at each of their locations. As part of the celebrations, Pop’s is hosting an interactive contest on their Facebook page during the week of National Italian Beef Day from Monday, May 23, through…

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Paisan Pizzeria coming to Oak Lawn

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By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn Village Manager Tom Phelan was initially underwhelmed when plans for a new pizzeria were being discussed. “My thought was we don’t need another pizza place,” Phelan said during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday night. “But when I found out what would be coming in and what they have to offer,…

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10th La Grange Restaurant Week kicks off Friday

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By Steve Metsch For the 10th straight year, folks are invited to visit old favorites and try unfamiliar places during the La Grange Restaurant Week. “It’s a healthy way of building the community, getting people to try new things,” said Zach Molokie, culinary director for Cloud 9 Hospitality, which owns Barrel House Social. “I think…

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Experienced bakers buy The Great American Bagel in Palos Heights

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New owners nearly double the menu for breakfast, lunch   By Cosmo Hadac When The Great American Bagel’s shop in Palos Heights changed hands late last year, the new owners who walked in the door weren’t exactly new. Manny Rios Sr. and his wife, Silvia, have nearly 50 years of combined experience in the bagel…

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