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Main Grill Openning in Chicago

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chicago maven Jul 24, 2012 10:08 AM

The Main Grill on Touhy in Chicago (next to Chalavi - same owner) is planning to open after the nine days. They will be selling the usual hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken. I'm not sure why Chicago needs another fast food restaurant with basically the same menu as the others, but let's hope they are successful.

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    chicago maven Aug 15, 2012 08:10 AM

    I just saw their menu on the CRC website. Nothing special, just a lot of sandwiches. They are closing at 7:30!!! In any case, I wish them well.
    http://www.crcweb.org/guide_chicago.p...

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      lenchik Aug 15, 2012 11:47 AM

      I picked up their menu last night from Chalavi while getting pizza. Looks pretty generic. I asked the guy at the register what he would recommend if I were to go next door and he said hamburgers and the salad bar:) I think I will give them another few weeks before trying.

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        chicago maven Aug 15, 2012 01:07 PM

        Everything is a sandwich and there is not even a steak sandwich at that. I really don't understand it. I know that the Chicago restaurants aren't big on staying open late at night, but a 7:30 closing with last order at 7:15??!! And it says that the winter hours may be even shorter!

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          Altalena Aug 15, 2012 05:53 PM

          They may be overly optimistic that they will remain a going concern by the time we make it to winter.

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            lenchik Aug 16, 2012 06:50 AM

            Well, the dairy establishment is still hoppin' so maybe they will catch up. But I do hope that they make a few adjustments to their schedule!

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      chicago maven Aug 13, 2012 09:06 AM

      So has anyone tried it yet?

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        lenchik Aug 13, 2012 09:49 AM

        Nope. Will probably wait another week or two to go, but I did see that it was quite full when driving by last week.

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        ferret Jul 24, 2012 03:33 PM

        Why are there so many Subways and McDonald's? Because if you're near one when you're hungry you'll go there.

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          Altalena Jul 24, 2012 04:48 PM

          Your not going to be able to serve kosher sandwiches at the same price point as McDonalds and Subway so if you are serving the same fare at double the price you will limiting you audience to those that keep kosher and do not have a better option.
          In order to reach a broader audience at such a higher price point, you need to offer something different and unique.

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            ferret Jul 24, 2012 07:05 PM

            That wasn't my point. The poster was disappointed that it was just another burger/hot dog joint and I was pointing out that if you're closer to there than another Kosher restaurant then you're more likely to stop in.

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              Altalena Jul 24, 2012 07:26 PM

              I would like to point out there is a very similar restaurant on Devon avenue a little over a mile away. I don't see there being enough of a market for two kosher burger joints in such close proximity. That is why maven is complaining of the similar menu.

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                ferret Jul 24, 2012 08:31 PM

                The one on Devon is not particularly good these days and competition may help inspire it. But I still contend that a mile makes a difference and they can draw from different crowds.

                And having lived in the community for over 40 years, I've eaten at every Kosher restaurant that came and went, I get how these things work.

                People can't complain that there's a lack of Kosher restaurants but then grumble "not another one of those" when a new one opens up.

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                  lenchik Jul 25, 2012 06:38 AM

                  I will say this: I will try this new place, but ONLY because it's within walking distance from my house and it's easy to stop by there after taking the kids swimming at the JCC. However, I would NOT make a special effort to eat there, just like I don't make a special effort to eat at the other fast food kosher establishments. Going to a fast food restaurant for a family of 5 will still be $50-$60, i.e. not cheap at all, which is why I would rather save up and have a truly enjoyable meal at Shallot's. Having to drive to a hole in the wall and pay for metered parking as people might have to at this location unless they park on side streets or in shul parking lots, is going to be a hassle. Nevertheless, I do wish Main Grill luck and hope they do better then the Chinese fiasco they attempted a couple of years ago. We do eat at their dairy location about once a week when it's warm out (again, easy after swimming lessons at the J), and I am ok with their wraps/pizza.
                  FYI, they are not opening the Monday after Tisha B'Av, but either Tuesday or Wednesday, which is what i was told by one of the workers/owners' sons-in-law yesterday.

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                  chicago maven Jul 25, 2012 07:11 AM

                  This is exactly my point. I don't mind having just another place, and I wish them well, but it would be nice to have something different.

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                    Altalena Jul 25, 2012 06:01 PM

                    Let's hope it is good then. If the food is interesting, well prepared and tasty then I will have another kosher spot to go to.
                    If it is mediocre then it will be just another kosher place I ignore because they are not worth my time, money or calories. I refuse to go to establishments purely because of a combination of hunger and convenience. I would prefer to remain hungry until an appropriate option becomes available.

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                      lenchik Jul 26, 2012 06:55 AM

                      Agreed. I would probably wait a couple of weeks though till they get the kinks out.

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            lenchik Jul 24, 2012 11:15 AM

            Oh, so that's the place I was wondering about. There are tables and chairs set up there already.

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