The struggling shopping corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue in Evanston suffered another casualty this week when the BopNgrill closed.

The Korean-style diner, featured recently on the Food Network, says on its website somewhat counterintuitively that the Evanston location closed “due to the overwhelming number of customers,” but Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, told Evanston Now she understood the owners were disappointed with the performance of the restaurant here.

Another BopNgrill, at 6604 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago, near the Loyola University campus, remains open.

Business at the Evanston location probably wasn’t helped when the city raided two adjacent businesses, the A.J. Mini Mart at 1901 Church St. and the A.J. Wireless store at 1700 Dodge Ave. back in April and shuttered them in an investigation of food stamp fraud and health and building code violations.

Those businesses remain closed and Holmes says the city has had difficulty working with the landlord to clean up the property.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Why would you open any business at Church and Dodge?

    The location in Rogers Park is nice. I have no idea why they opened on Church and Dodge originally, probably the most crime-ridden corner in Evanston. True to form, the only time I ever picked up food at the Evanston location, there was a pack of teenagers brawling in the street. Literally.

    1. Why not Church and Dodge?

      teenagers brawl everywhere  not only on Church & Dodge. Guess we should stop eating at Mustard   because there have been Actual rapes on Central.

      1. ummmm, no they don’t brawl

        ummmm, no they don't brawl everywhere, and they also don't walk fragrantly in front of moving traffic, a common occurence at this intersection.


  2. Dodge and Church

    Think of the convenience of a store and restaurant opposite ETHS.! Would love to hear why it is so difficult to keep the corner cleaned up and watched and cared for. This is an awesome area for small businesses, especially during home sports events. I'm still hoping for the historical building near BooCoo to start up something new. 

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