Stories about restaurants — planned, opening and closing — and tax troubles for an owner — were among the ones Evanston Now readers read most in August.

Here’s the rundown of the month’s top 10:

  1. Food beat: Open and closed — Aug. 17 — Diners were dining this noon at Chicago Hot Dog & Co. the newly opened hot dog joint at 1009 Davis St. in Evanston.
  2. About all those rug stores … — Aug. 2 — If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably wondered why Evanston has a collection of at least a half dozen rug stores in a stretch of a few blocks on Chicago Avenue.
  3. Renovation underway at Masonic Temple site — Aug. 20 — Work has begun to renovate the long-vacant former Mount Moriah Masonic Temple at 1229 Emerson St. in Evanston.
  4. Restaurant owner indicted on tax fraud charge — Aug. 10 — The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago says Quan Shun Chen, owner of the Hunan Spring restaurant in Evanston, is one of five restaurant owners indicted on charges of evading taxes by under-reporting the gross receipts from their businesses.
  5. City to target football fans with new parking fee — Aug. 12 — Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to adopt a new game day parking zone ordinance that city officials hope will generate about $100,000 in revenue across the seven Northwestern University home football game Saturdays this fall.
  6. Two developments proposed near Main and Custer — Aug. 30 — Preliminary plans to redevelop two parcels — including a city parking lot — near Main Street and Custer Avenue were discussed at Wednesday evening’s Transportation and Parking Committee meeting.
  7. City panels OK brewpub plans — Aug. 9 — Evanston’s Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night approved zoning changes needed for the planned Double Clutch Brewing Company development at 2119-2125 Ashland Avenue.
  8. Karen Chavers, district director, dies — Aug. 23 — Karen Chavers, who’d served on the staff of County Commissioner Larry Suffredin since he first took office in 2003, died today.
  9. New public art on display — Aug. 10 — Evanston’s newest public sculpture went on display this week under the Union Pacific tracks at the intersection of Emerson Street, Ridge Avenue and Green Bay Road.
  10. New Prarie Moon to open Thursday — Aug. 24 — Prairie Moon, the Evanston restaurant that closed its long-time location on Sherman Avenue last spring, will open next Thursday on Chicago Avenue, says owner Rob Strom.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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