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Wolfgang Puck's A-Go-Go-Gone

LabRat Sep 20, 2007 11:54 AM

The Wolfgang Puck's Grand Cafe at the corner of Church and Maple in Evanston abruptly closed their doors on Sunday citing increasing operating costs as the reason. While I had never been overly impressed with their food several friends of mine loved the place, so I guess whether this is a great loss or not is a matter of personal opinion. Their departure does open up some prime restaurant space though. What type of establishment would hounds like to see move in to the location?

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    u.of.c. eddie RE: LabRat Sep 21, 2007 08:36 AM

    Splendid news to hear Puck's is gone. My wife and I never got a warm feeling in there. Among the chains, I would put CPK (but they need to abandon their interior bumble-bee meets oak color scheme). The place I would die for is Le Pain Quotidien. That would really add something to the fresh lunch scene in downtown EV.


    1. nsxtasy RE: LabRat Sep 21, 2007 08:44 AM

      I'm sorry to hear it's gone. The food there was quite good, not earth-shattering but decent and consistent, and it was a convenient place to eat before or after the movies.

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        Hensley RE: nsxtasy Sep 21, 2007 01:46 PM

        We miss the Wolfgang Puck Express that we had in Warrenville for a short year. It was never advertised, and most of our neighbors hadn't heard of it. Had the best "express" dining around, but supposedly relocated to downtown Chicago this past spring....

      2. chicgail RE: LabRat Sep 22, 2007 06:15 AM

        No great loss. They lasted as long as they did only because of the movie theaters and the convenience of having Pucks in the same building.

        I think Puck in general is one of the most over-hyped, overrated chefs in the country. Evanston can do better.

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          mousse RE: LabRat Sep 22, 2007 08:17 AM

          All I can say is good riddance. Awful food and at least one of the managers that was a total jerk. It would be nice to get a restaurant that could make good use of the great outdoor space when the weather is nice. Something like Adobo Grill? A french cafe?

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            SandraB RE: mousse Sep 22, 2007 08:57 AM

            Agree completely that it was awful. An unhappy experience to eat there. Though, they did have a couple decent wines by the glass.

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