New burger joint opens downtown

Edzo's owner Eddie Lakin"As a kid in the 70s and 80s, my dad used to take me to hot dog places like Irving’s, Big Herm’s Hot Dog Palace and Mustard’s Last Stand," says Eddie Lakin. "It was like a big weekend fun thing to do. So I set out to do something that would feel like a place that we would have gone back then." The result is Edzo’s Burger Shop, a new burger and hot dog restaurant that opened last week at 1571 Sherman Avenue. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., every day except Monday.

Central Street gallery closing

Chris Radke says he's closing one of the two stores he operates on Central Street in Evanston at the end of the month.

Radke says he's holding a liquidation sale for the rest of the month at his Dancing Bear Vintage Gallery, 1814 Central St.

The store features antiques including furniture, lighting, crystal and other objects from America, Asia and Europe.

Radke plans to continue operating his other store -- the Dancing Bear Native Gallery at 1922 Central. It focuses on Native American jewelry, art, antiques and collectibles.

Radke, who has run the native gallery for over 20 years, says it's been "a great and challenging experience" to run the vintage gallery as well.

“But in these tough times, people are spending their reduced resources more carefully, and I need to concentrate on those collectors who are still actively seeking fine Native American" objects, he added.

Promotion draws students to dine downtown

Thirty-nine downtown Evanston restaurants offered roughly 1,500 new and returning Northwestern students free samples of their food Sunday evening.

The free food offer drew a crowd to the Big Bite Night registration tables at the Rebecca Crown Center on campus to pick up maps to downtown restaurants and discount coupons.

The yearly event, called Big Bite Night, is a collaboration between Northwestern University, downtown Evanston restaurants and Evmark, the downtown marketing organization timed for the Sunday evening of new student week when residence hall kitchens are often closed.

"Big Bite Night is especially good for new students who don't yet know what lies off campus," says Associated Student Government Director of External Relations Jilian Lopez, who helped coordinate the event.

Green ordinance to get more tweaks

Evanston aldermen came close to passing a green building ordinance Tuesday night, but ran out of steam as they were trying to draft amendments on the council floor at 11:30 p.m.

So they directed staff to clean up the ordinance and bring it back in two weeks for consideration of several last-minute amendments proposed by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber sought to:

  • Exclude smaller scale, primarily decorative commercial renovation projects from the ordinance.
  • Offer the option of having a building meet environmental standards without requiring formal certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Exclude adaptive reuse renovations of buildings of less than 25,000 square feet.

Generally the ordinance would require construction or renovation projects of greater than 10,000 square feet to meet the silver certification standard in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.