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  • It’s safe to say that the steak business remains a juicy one.
    These days, steakhouses are more popular than ever, with plenty of new restaurants popping up and existing eateries offering more options than ever to suit consumer tastes, dining experts say. 
  • If you’re reading this, I hope you’re doing so on a fall getaway somewhere — maybe it is in Illinois or somewhere else, or maybe it is a day off at home. Wherever it is, I salute you for taking a day off.
    The United States Travel Association recently conducted a study, revealing that 40 percent of American workers do not use all of their earned paid time off. On average, we each left 3.2 vacation days on the table last year. 
  • As the economy continues to improve, so has the hospitality industry around the suburbs, including a rebirth of the hotel industry, experts say. 
  • ROSEMONT - The name of the Allstate Arena, Rosemont's 34- year old sports and concert venue, is staying put for at least another decade. The village renewed a naming rights agreement with Northbrook-based Allstate Corporation.
  • NAPERVILLE - My Chef Catering is preparing to celebrate its 25th year in business this September. While the gourmet deli was popular, the upscale catering business recorded substantial sales growth annually and eventually became the focal point of the operation. 
  • TINLEY PARK - Hundreds of people attended the first Chicago Southwest Hospitality Expo Thursday at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The Daily Herald Business Ledger hosted the expo in an effort to highlight the hospitality industry and inform guests about what the area has to offer. 
  • ROLLING MEADOWS - Bigby's Pour House, a craft beer bar in Addison, will open a Rolling Meadows site next month at 1649 Algonquin Road, the former site of Caribou Coffee. 
  • HOFFMAN ESTTES - Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment is seeking public funds to help redevelop the former Metropolis Bar & Grill at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates into a new Moretti's, and the former Lone Star next door into another of the company's restaurant brands.
  • Meet Chicago Northwest, the Northwest suburbs' convention and visitors' bureau, will hold its first annual Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, March 2 to help 33 participating businesses overcome what's typically the slowest time of year for their industry. 
  • Ron Saltzgiver, the owner of Berry's Barber Shop in downtown St. Charles, is retiring and closing his doors after a 45-year run cutting hair for generations of men in the Tri-Cities. 
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