New food places opening in Evanston


Evanston gains some new food options this week, offsetting a number of closings in recent days.

Pret a Manger, the London-based sandwich chain that's gained a foothold recently in Chicago, is scheduled to open its new Evanston Location at 1701 Sherman Ave. downtown tomorrow, according to Alderman Judy Fiske, whose 1st Ward includes the restaurant site.

The Pret a Manger location until recently was a retail outlet for the Clear internet service.

And Friday is scheduled to be opening day for two food places on Simpson Street.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says there'll be a grand opening ceremony at noon for Ruby G's soul food kitchen in the former Simpson Grill location at 1623 Simpson.

Then at 12:30 p.m., there'll be a ribbon cutting for a new fresh foods market at 1723 Simpson. That location was formerly the site of Ramy Foods, which went out of business after police made several arrests there for drug dealing and food-stamp fraud.

Recent additions to Evanstonians' food scene include:

  • Soulwich, an Asian salad and sandwich shop at 1634 Orrington Ave. which you might remember as the one-time site of a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop,
  • Austin's Tacos opened recently at 622 Davis St., formerly the site of Al's Italian Beef, and
  • Hota at 2545 Prairie Ave., at the former site of Jacky's on Prairie.

Recent closings have included Merle's BBQ, the Tiny Dog Bakery, Casteel Coffee and the 38 Degrees yogurt shop.

Top: An image from Hota's website of one of its dishes.

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