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  • Schnitzel Platz kicks off Oktoberfest festivities
    Schnitzel Platz is gearing up for Oktoberfest, its biggest shindig of the year. The Glendale Heights restaurant, known for its authentic German cuisine and imported beers, has commemorated the event annually since it opened for business in 1998. 
  • Pinstripes strikes gold with catering events
    It’s not just bowling anymore. By diversifying, customizing and personalizing the experience, Pinstripes has created an entirely new, enhanced model. 
  • More discovering Tex-Mex cuisine in the suburbs
    Dining Out Enterprises looked south of the border for the concept of its newest venture, Rancheros Mexican Grille & Cantina in Naperville. 
  • Devon Seafood & Steak — a boutique-style restaurant known for 27 years as Braxton Seafood Grill — moved in June 2012 to its current location in Oakbrook Terrace. 
  • German tradition: Schnitzel Platz keeping cuisine, culture alive
    The number of German restaurants in this neck of the woods has shrunk, but if that’s dismaying to Wolfgang Beyer and his wife Elfriede, they don’t show it. The couple, both in their 70s, continue to successfully operate Schnitzel Platz in Glendale Heights, which they opened in 1998. 
  • Where to meet: Zapatista
    Some restaurants may regard the world as their oyster, but for Zapatista in West suburban Naperville, its cuisine of choice is not only a lot more focused, it’s one that has launched the venue on a growth curve. 
  • Where to meet: Carlucci Restaurant and Bar
    Carlucci Restaurant & Bar celebrates its 10th anniversary in Downers Grove in late August, but the roots of Joe and Charlie Carlucci’s Tuscan-inspired eatery stretch back much further to their original venue on Halsted St. in Chicago. 
  • Much has changed in the business since John Karantonis became an owner of Casey’s Restaurant & Bar in Lombard 28 years ago. But the veteran restaurateur remains undaunted by the challenges meted out by the food service industry. 
  • Where to meet: Ivy Restaurant

    Ivy Restaurant in downtown Wheaton prides itself on its vaulted ceiling, colorful stained glass windows and white linen-covered tables — all part of the charm of the 1928 building it occupies. The premises originally served as a chapel and funeral parlor. 
  • Where to meet: Hickory River Smokehouse
    Building on the success of the Hickory River Smokehouse restaurant they opened in July 2010 in Glendale Heights, franchise holders David Huff and Brian Abrams have added a second outlet in Schaumburg. 
  • Where to meet: Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
    Rack House Kitchen & Tavern opened in Arlington Heights in early March with an extensive selection of scotch, bourbon, beer and wine list and a diverse menu that included a small section devoted to barbecue. 
  • Where to meet: Kobe Hibachi, Sushi and Seafood Buffet
    Kobe Hibachi, Sushi and Seafood Buffet has high ambitions. The recent arrival on the suburban dining scene has two locations up and running and sees itself as an exemplar of the genre. 
  • Where to meet: Buca Di Beppo
    A celebratory dining experience, great food and friendly service have attracted customers to Buca di Beppo since it opened in Lombard 11 years ago, says Patrick Houle, the suburban restaurant’s paesano partner, or general manager. 
  • Where to Meet: Changarro Cocina
    Shawn Patel hadn’t intended to own a restaurant. It rather landed on his doorstep. Five years ago, he and his brother, Andy, built the Galleria strip mall in West Chicago and claimed as one of their tenants a restaurant. When that business didn’t work out for the owners, however, the brothers took it on, gave it a reboot, and now proudly run Changarro Cocina, a restaurant focusing on food of a Mexican-Brazilian fusion variety. 
  • Where to meet: Harvest Restaurant
    Harvest Restaurant shares a rich history with Pheasant Run dating back to the resort’s startup 50 years ago. Housed in what once was a dairy barn, the restaurant began as Baker’s Wife, changed to Prime Cut and, in 2001, evolved into Harvest. 
 
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