Business

Bistro on Sterling carries on where Fresh Starts left off

Fans of the longtime restaurant Fresh Starts in Flossmoor can experience a fresh new look and new menu items as the longtime eatery reopened May 19 under new ownership as the Bistro on Sterling.

Homewood insurance agent celebrates three decades in business

A celebration is underway in Homewood as longtime business owner Angelo Tzinares marks his 30th anniversary as a State Farm agent in the village. Through the years his business has been in three locations in Homewood, all on Dixie Highway.

Homewood and Thornton officials mark re-opening of bigger Menards store

Officials from Homewood and Thornton were on hand Monday, May 22, helping re-open the Menards home improvement store, at 17545 S. Halsted St., by substituting the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony with the cutting of a board using one of the store's saws. The store will be open to the public Tuesday, May 23, after being closed nearly 11 months for an expansion project.

Collectible brew draws a crowd at Flossmoor Station

About 150 beer lovers lined up outside Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery on Friday, waiting for a brew that is so rare a single bottle can fetch $1,000 among collectors. The occasion was the release of Wooden Hell 2 at Flossmoor Station.

Farm-to-table Redbird Cafe to open Monday in downtown Homewood

The slow food, farm-to-table movement has found its way to downtown Homewood. 

Redbird Cafe at 2057 Ridge Road will open Monday, May 1, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 2. 

Flossmoor Station’s Wooden Hell brew pre-sale starts Sunday, with official release May 12

Sunday, April 30, is the pre-order day for Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery’s Wooden Hell, a barleywine brew.
 
Each 22-ounce bottle is $20, and patrons must purchase four bottles to participate in the pre-sale. Sales start at 10 a.m. at the brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave. Participants can get tickets at www.woodenhell2.brownpapertickets.com.
 

Homewood village board gives nod to variances for retro Grady’s on Harwood

A popular Homewood restaurant, formerly known as Grady’s Grille, re-opened on Monday, March 20, as Grady’s Snack N’ Dine featuring a '70s and '80s theme. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available.

The restaurant at 18147 Harwood Ave. also will be identified with three new exterior signs complementing the new retro theme. Business owner Jim Garofalo received assurances from the village board that the signs will be accepted with three variances to the sign ordinance. He came before the board on March 14 to appeal the denial of his oversized and lit signs by the village's Appearance Commission.

Crowds come out for Dairy Queen’s opening day

It didn’t matter that the temperature hovered around 40 degrees, or that the sun didn’t shine. It was opening day at Homewood’s Dairy Queen on Thursday and people lined up for their favorite ice cream treats.

UpsaDaisy success story: From pop-up proprietors to property owners

  UpsaDaisy owners, from left, Suzy Moore, Julie
  Smith and Julie Lawton, opened the boutique in
  March 2015. In May 2016, they purchased the
  building, making an investment in the rebirth
  of downtown Homewood.
(Photos by Eric 
  Crump/H-F Chronicle)

New generation of businesses emerge in downtown Homewood during 2016

While there is a certain amount of ebb and flow to any commercial district, the trend in downtown Homewood in 2016 was toward rebirth after a dip in the area's fortunes. Two years ago, the term "renaissance" might not have applied. Now, it does. 

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