Owners of the Good to Go Jamaican restaurant reportedly have found a new location on the Evanston side of Howard Street.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says the owners, Tony and Lenice Levy, have an agreement to purchase the vacant buildings at 709-711 Howard St. owned by the Jesus First All Nations Church.


The church purchased the building in 2013 for $184,000. Information on the new sale price wasn’t available.

Lenice Levy speaking at a City Council meeting last year.

The Levys had hoped to purchase the city-owned former police outpost building at 633 Howard St., a deal that got caught up in the city’s unsuccessful efforts to find a home for the Strawdog Theater Company and ultimately fell apart over the city’s preference for a lease, rather than a sale, and the amount of city financial assistance the restaurant project would have required.

Now the city plans to lease the former police outpost to Pascal Berthoumieux as a second site for his Patisserie Coralie.

Good to Go‘s plans include creation of a garden patio to the east of the restaurant building. 

Rainey says the the new project “is very exciting, and Lenice and Tony Levy have achieved their goal of purchasing their own property.”

The Levys have been at their existing location at 1947 W. Howard St. in Chicago for about 15 years.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Not a far move, but we should

    Not a far move, but we should welcome them warmly to the Evanston tax base! Their jerk is delicious, and their juices are good, too.

  2. Congratulations, Good to Go.

    Congrats to the Levys. Been there a few times and seems like this move will be great for them…and for us. Seems like this is a larger space than the police outpost, and they’ll have a great outdoor patio. Looking forward to sipping one of their tasty fruit smoothies with some jerk chicken in the warm sunshine this summer! Then I can head down the street for some French pastries.

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