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The former site of a long-shuttered independent bookstore is now planned to become an Evanston outlet for a national pizza chain.

While the “Great Expectations” sign lingered over the building at 911 Foster St., the scholarly bookstore of that name, founded in the 1960s by Truman Metzel, and last owned by Jeff Rice, closed more than a decade ago.

Domino’s has filed a request for a special use permit for the site, which is scheduled to be reviewed by Evanston’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee Wednesday afternoon.

The proposal will then be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the City Council.

The chain currently lacks an Evanston store, and much of the city is outside the delivery area for its existing stores in Wilmette and Skokie.

The new store is the latest in a surge of new pizza shops planned for Evanston:

  • Bake425 plans to reopen the two former HomeMade Pizza sites on Central Street and on Chicago Avenue.
  • Blaze Pizza, a California-based chain, was granted a special use permit by the City Council on Sept. 22 for a site at 1737 Sherman Ave.
  • 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is on the City Council agenda next week for special use approval for a site at 812 Church St. in the Sherman Plaza complex.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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