The owners of JT’s Bar & Grill at 1639 Orrington Ave. in downtown Evanston have shuttered the place and are planning to give the sports bar a makeover — reopening soon as a Mexican restaurant called Las Marias.

JT’s had opened in Oct. 2012, filling the long-vacant space in the Library Plaza building that had formerly been occupied by Omaggio, an Italian restaurant that closed in 2008.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Better have better food this time!

    JT's is in a great area and could have done well if the food was better.  I hope they don't think that anyone can cook Mexican food.  Would love to have a great Mexican restaurant Downtown Evanston so don't disappoint this time! 

    1. agree with E-Town Native!
      Please offer great and food and drink. Personally speaking, I’d be in once a week, year round.

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