The restaurant space at 1639 Orrington Ave. in Evanston — most recently the Mexican place called Las Marias — is now planned to reopen as a Sam’s Chicken & Ribs.

Sam’s owner Madhuker Talari currently operates a small, carryout version of Sam’s at 1102 W. Granville Ave. in Chicago.

A slab of Sam’s ribs.

The former Las Marias space is much bigger, with a bar and a large seating area.

The Evanston Liquor Control Review Board recommended approval of a Class D liquor license for Sam’s on Wednesday, and the liquor license is scheduled for review by the City Council on Oct. 24.

Happier days for Las Marias.

Las Marias had opened around June 1 last year and closed by early October. Before Las Marias, the space in the Library Plaza building was occupied by a sports bar called JT’s Bar and Grill that opened in 2012.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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