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Addis Abeba, an Ethiopian restaurant that’s been a fixture for a decade on Chicago Avenue north of Dempster Street in Evanston served its last meals last night.

The restaurant, which had been for sale for some time, is to be replaced by a new dining spot that city records indicate will be called Asian Cajun Too.

Jacquelin Dao, an owner of the new restaurant, is also an owner of Bowls & Bao, a Vietnamese restaurant at 214 W. Van Buren in Chicago’s Loop.

The name of the new spot here is similar to that of Asian Cajun, a restaurant at 2428 N.Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, but it was not immediately clear whether that place is under the same ownership as the new one.

The new restaurant is expected to open in a few weeks.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Not surprised, but very

    Not surprised, but very disappointed. Addis was a great, unique restaurant that added some nice diversity to Evanston’s dining scene. The speed of restaurant turnover recently has phenomenal.

    1. No one can afford to eat out
      With Obamacare costs of 20K to 25K per year (like a second mortgage), high rents and taxes, and falling wages for US Middle Class, no one can afford to eat out. This is just the beginning. My friends and family rarely go out anymore. Last weekend 4 of us went out to a moderate Italian restaurant in Chicago with drinks before hand. After parking, dinner and drinks and tips the cost for a good but not outstanding dinner was close to 500 dollars. We bought cheapest bottle of wine with dinner. No one can afford to eat out….they say a restaurant recession is coming` and I believe it is here.

      1. I worry you’re right
        Since I’ve been seeing more and more restaurant spaces in both Evanston and outside of Evanston, where restaurant spaces don’t stay occupied for long as they used to. I’d like to think the trend you pointed out JCB, will be good for BYOB restaurants?

        Makes me sad Addis Abeba closed, since that was a great restaurant.

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