Business Comings & Goings: Home Run Inn Opens Thursday

Sara Lee store in Oak Lawn to shut its doors on Saturday. Lou Malnati's to open Thursday.

Home Run Inn will officially open at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, for carryout orders only at its latest location at 10900 S. Western Ave. in Chicago’s Beverly community.

“The grand opening for the dining room will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13,” said Jamie Wagner, restaurant marketing manager for Home Run Inn.

The restaurant chain, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, will eventually be open daily for lunch, but will have reduced hours when it first opens, she said.

“We’ll be closed on Mondays at the beginning,” she said adding the dining room also would be closed for lunch during the week but would be open starting at noon on weekends.

The ninth location for Home Run Inn will be a little different from most of the other locations, said Wagner.

“We’re getting back to our roots,” she said. “The Beverly location will have an open kitchen concept. There is a lot of brick and woodwork. It has more of a pub look and feel. It’s very inviting.”

The restaurant celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 26 attended by company officials, local elected officials and members of the Beverly business community.

The 4,400-square-foot restaurant has been highly anticipated by local residents who have been asking for months on its Facebook page when the Beverly location would finally be open.

For information, call the restaurant at 773-432-9696 or visit Home Run Inn online.

Lou Malnati's to open Thursday

After getting a clean bill of health from village inspectors on Wednesday, Lou Malnati's will open its restaurant at 5261 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn at 4 p.m. Thursday.

"We'll have a soft opening on Thursday," said Mindy Kaplan, director of marketing for the restaurant chain.

The pizzeria will offer carryout and delivery. It opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sara Lee store to close on Saturday

Fans of the Sara Lee Outlet store at 5711 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn better get there soon, the store is closing this Saturday. Inventory is going fast and the store is getting no new shipments before it closes.

The company announced the closing of its popular outlet stores in June as part of its split into two companies.

Matt Pakula, senior manager for corporate communications, said at the time that after the split the company would not be able to devote the “attention required for success in stand-alone retail operations.”

Nine of Sara Lee's outlet stores are in Illinois. Each store employs about seven people.

Business Stars announced

The Economic Development Council for the Southwest Suburbs handed out its 2012 Stars of the Southwest Suburbs awards last week at the 2012 Business Champion Awards dinner at Moraine Valley Community College.

Smith Village Senior Living Community in Chicago received the Training and Development Award.

FutureMark Paper, an Alsip-based manufacturer of recycled coated paper for magazines, took home the Sustainability Award.

Excellence in Government awards went to Alsip Mayor Patrick Kitching and Vicky Smith, executive director of the Southwest Conference of Mayors.

The Philanthropy Award was presented to Patrick McShane, president of the Disabled Patriot Fund in Orland Park.

Winners in of the Best Places to Work Award include Schroeder Materials in Worth, St. Coletta’s of Illinois in Tinley Park and Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.

The Stars of the Southwest Suburbs Awards recognize the contributions businesses and their advocates make to the economic development of Chicago’s Southwest suburbs.

Bank sponsors business networking 

Marquette Bank, 9858 S. Western Ave. in Evergreen Park, will host a Business Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

There will be refreshments, a prize drawing and networking opportunities.

Businesses can register by calling 708-423-4450.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.


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