The owner of the Skokie restaurant Kabul House plans to relocate to the former Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles space at 2424 Dempster St. in Evanston late this summer.

Evanston Now reported back in April that Akmal Qazi was buying the Dempster Street building. The Skokie Review today reported that he’s planning to close his downtown Skokie location around the time the new restaurant opens.

Kabul House, which has proved popular in Skokie, will have a lot more room at the Evanston location, which has 140 seats, compared to 60 in Skokie.

The City of Evanston took a bath on a loan it made to Chicken & Waffles’ owners to convert the building from its former use as an auto parts store.

So far Qazi hasn’t asked for any city aid to make the switch from soul food to Afghan cuisine.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I’m sure they will
    The Council is known to be a ‘soft touch’ so of course they will ask for money—if the Council does not already have offered, even without a request.
    To paraphrase a saying “Business asks for money and the Council says how much.”

  2. Kabul House
    I am delighted that Kabul House will be moving to Evanston. Because I don’t drive, its present Skokie location was not accessible to me. When it used to be on Dempster, just beyond the Skokie border, I went there several times. The food was very delicious and the service gracious. I’ve really missed it, and will be happy to have it within walking distance from my home.

    1. Kabul House
      We are truly lucky to be getting Kabul House one of the best restaurants (reasonably priced) in the Chicago area. Evanston’s support of Chicken/waffle is pretty scandalous. I hope they give at least as much support to Kabul House. The food is amazing.

  3. Hooray for Kabul House!
    Long befor Kabul House the owner (a very nice guy) used to run La Rosa Pizza on Main Street east of Chicago Ave, and eventually started selling both pizza and Afghan cuisine for a while, ultimately changing the name to “Afghan Cuisine” before closing to open Kabul House on Dempster. This place has amazingly tasty food! The freshness of the housemade sauces and tender chicken kabobs are outstanding. Very good vegetable dishes, and a good veg combo.

  4. Thrilled!

    So happy to hear that Kabul House is relocating to Evanston. The food is very tasty and the service is professional.

    My only concern is parking. Is there a lot with that building or do drivers need to find parking spaces on nearby residential streets?

  5. Who’s paying back the loan to Waffles?

    And is he or someone else paying back the loan the city made to failed Waffles?

    1. Who is paying it back—here is who.
      At the next Council meeting a collection should be taken by aldermen to cover the loss. If not enough raised, put a lien on their houses for the remainder.

      1. Collections
        Love your comment. And…don’t forget to vote those bad ones OUT!!!! Find out which ones are the soft touches…..they bid adieu & adios !

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