Tag: Chicago Restaurants

House of Fire Restaurant

House of Fire Restaurant
By: Alicia Leitzen & Chris O’Brien Note – There’s a podcast version of this restaurant profile. You can download/listen on Noteworthy, a storytelling show from Long Overdue. House of Fire is available for delivery on multiple platforms including GrubHub and Doordash. Chris To be clear, I love fast food. I have nothing but nostalgia toward... Read more »

Empanada Mama & The Pie Man: Believing that we will beat this

Empanada Mama & The Pie Man: Believing that we will beat this
Empanada Mama & The Pie Man. A small storefront in Lakeview East run by two guys who opened their doors six months into a Global Pandemic. Where does that type of courage come from? Chasing a dream regardless of the current circumstance. On Facebook, the two describe their mission like this: We’re just two guys (Oreste... Read more »

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (Part 2)

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (Part 2)
There’s a country called Azerbaijan. A month ago I had never heard of it. Would have confused it with the magical prison from Harry Potter. Azerbaijan shares a border with Russia to the north, Iran to the south. To the west is Armenia and on the east coast is the Caspian Sea. Go one country over from... Read more »
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Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (part 1)

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (part 1)
Renaldi’s Pizza. 2827 North Broadway. Whenever Ashley and I walk past, there’s this little burst of heat right over our heads that pumps out the smells of marinara and a buttery crust. If we’re not the ones to say it, there’s someone else declaring: “Ooh, that smells good.” They stop to look at the menu. In the... Read more »