Posts tagged "Izola's"

What Do You Want To Eat

What Do You Want To Eat
Recently a writer for DNAinfo-Chicago wrote an article on the status of two Chatham area restaurants. The two restaurants being Fleck’s Coffee and Luversia’s Soul Food. I have blogged about each in the past. In the article, the writer states that both restaurants have seen a decrease in business and in the case of Luversia’s... Read more »

Chatham: It's Time For a Unpleasant But Necessary Conversation

Chatham: It's Time For a Unpleasant But Necessary Conversation
Several weeks ago we celebrated the grand opening of Fleck Coffee Company on 79th street. The business has been well received and the owners energy has invigorated others to upgrade their businesses and some to seriously consider opening a business on 79th. On our other commercial strips 87th and 75th we are seeing new business... Read more »

What do You Want to Eat Chatham

What do You Want to Eat Chatham
This past week I was working on a project and had a chance to do a detailed ride thru the neighborhood and to my dismay I was disappointed and confused. Over the last several years I have written post about the lost of soul food restaurants and post  about the community becoming a dining destination... Read more »
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Izola White of Izola's Restaurant Needs Your Help

Izola White of Izola's Restaurant Needs Your Help
  I have written before http://www.chicagonow.com/concerned-citizens-of-chatham/2012/05/the-end-of-an-era-no-izolas-in-chatham/ about the plight of Izola White owner of the legendary Izola’s Fine Dining Restaurant at 522 E. 79th Street in the Chatham community. Although there have been several fundraisers to help her save the restaurant, they came up short and she was forced to sell the restaurant. Because they... Read more »

The End of an Era: No Izola's in Chatham

The End of an Era: No Izola's in Chatham
Recently, I was emailed and asked what was going on at Izola’s Restaurant 522 E 79th Street, as individuals saw the legendary pictures come off the wall. So I decided to go and take a look and I saw what most of my neighbors have been seeing. The empty walls were a surprise. The pictures... Read more »

Restaurants and Politics; Why is There Such a Disconnect

Restaurants and Politics; Why is There Such a Disconnect
The Chatham community has been the home of Pan African cuisine for many years. Starting out with Soul Food restaurants such as Izola’s and Army & Lou’s and progressing to the Carribean with Cafe Trinidad and back to the motherland Africa with Yassa. So when Izola’s closed in 2011 and then Army & Lou’s http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-10082-army-lourss-restaurant-closed-now-hope-to-reopen.html... Read more »
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2012-The Rise of Chatham

2012-The Rise of Chatham
It is no secret that 2010 and 2011 were two of the worst years the residents of the Chatham community have seen. What could go wrong did go wrong. The community lost Officer Thomas Wortham IV, Michael Bailey and Firefighter Corey Ankum. We saw the closing of two Chicago landmark restaurants, Izola’s and Army &... Read more »

Soul Food Restaurants Close Because African Americans Move? NOT

Several days ago the Chicago Sun Times ran an article from the Associated Press (AP) that contended that Soul Food restaurants in the city were closing because African Americans were moving out of the City of Chicago. The Soul Food restaurants in Chatham were used to prove this theory. Duct tape covers a large crack... Read more »

Upcoming Events in Chatham and Surrounding Area

Here are several events that will take place in Chatham and the surrounding community: Izola’s Restaurant Fundraiser Friday September 9 5 to 9 pm 8731 S Calumet Information:Friendsofizola@comcast.net 6th Annual Auburn Gresham 79th Street Renaissance Festival September 10, 2011, 10 am–6 pm 7901 South Racine, Intersection of 79th Street and Racine Ave Family Peace Jam... Read more »
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Izola's Restaurant Benefit Fundraiser

Izola's Restaurant Benefit Fundraiser
While the rain put a damper on most events planned for the August 20th in Chatham. When the rain stopped and the sun came out a Chatham legend came out as well. Mrs. Izola White, owner of Izola’s restaurant, came out and graced us all at the 6th Ward Back to School picnic. Mrs. White... Read more »