Big Pappa's feeds the hungry, Rainbow opens in Ford City, and Horse Thief Brewing Co. is coming to Beverly..
- Bob Bong
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Planet Fitness health center opened earlier this month at 9503 S. Cicero Ave. in the Green Oak Shopping Center in the former Oak Lawn Fresh Market. Work on the 17,400-square-foot health center began in the summer, said Steve Kant, vice president of Robin Realty, the company that owns and manages the mall. "We already have 700 members," said Annie, one of the center's managers. "We have a good crowd." The center is open 24 hours and features an array of exercise equipment such as ellipticals, spin cycles, free weights and resistance-training equipment along with a massage zone and tanning beds. The center has locker facilities and showers for both men and women. Planet Fitness operates more than 500 fitness centers in 46 states and prides …
Old Navy is planning a Thanksgiving week move in Chicago Ridge. Plus a doll, bear and toy show is coming to the Tinley Park Convention Center this coming Sunday (Nov. 18).
- Bob Bong
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Famous Dave’s barbecue is trying a new concept with it's Evergreen Park location set to open on Monday, Nov. 19, at 2851 W. 95th St. “It will be 3,600 square feet with seating for 104,” said manager Andre Pleasance. The eatery will be the chain’s eighth location in the Chicago area, all of them corporate owned. “That’s about half the size of a traditional Famous Dave’s,” he said. “It will be the first counter service Famous Dave’s in Chicago.” Customers will place their order and get a number for their table and the food will be brought to them. Famous Dave’s other Chicago-area locations are full service. Pleasance said the Minnesota-based chain is testing the smaller concept in Evergreen Park, and, if successful, may use it in other urban…