Award-winning chef Michael Kornick and his partner David Morton are cooking up a new plan for their shuttered DMK Burger & Fish place at 815 Noyes St. in Evanston.

They’ve filed plans with the city to convert the space, which opened in January 2014 but closed in May of this year, into Arlen’s Chicken and Biscuits.

The name comes from staffer Britt Arlen, who reportedly won a staff fried-chicken cook-off.


The menu will feature chicken sandwiches on biscuits and complementary sweet tea in a space with “an approachable fast-food look.”

The owners, who both live in Evanston, overcame objections from neighbors to win a liquor license for DMK in the summer of 2014.

They’re hoping to open Arlen’s later this fall, but the city permit request isn’t scheduled for action until early November.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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