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Restaurant plans and burglary busts topped July’s news

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Food, crime, development and schools made for an interesting goulash of top stories on Evanston Now in July. Here's a rundown of the ten items readers read most.

  1. Four charged in auto burglaries — July 17 — Evanston police arrested three men early Thursday and a fourth early today in separate auto burglary incidents.
  2. Amy Morton plans another Evanston restaurant — July 13 — Amy Morton, who runs Found Kitchen on Chicago Avenue, is planning another restaurant in Evanston — this one in a former stable building on Church Street.
  3. New restaurant planned for Howard Dairy Queen — July 16 — Evanston zoning officials are reviewing a proposal to remodel the interior of the old Dairy Queen building at 999 Howard St. to turn it into a new restaurant.
  4. Two shot on Payne — July 30 — Two men were shot about 3:50 this afternoon in the 1700 block of Payne Street in Evanston.
  5. D202: 'We continue to be at an impasse' — July 1 — In an unprecedented move, the Evanston Township High School Board failed Wednesday to agree on a replacement on the board for William Geiger, who resigned effective May 27, and passed the decision on to Regional Superintendent Bruce Brown.
  6. Smylie Bros. wants recycling center — July 6 — Evanston's Economic Development Committee is scheduled to consider a proposal Tuesday from Smylie Bros. Brewing Co. to expand into the city's former recycling center on Oakton Street.
  7. Ice house could be your house — July 9 — A developer is hoping to turn a vacant industrial building in Evanston constructed in the 1920s as an ice production and storage facility into 16 condominium units.
  8. Panel backs brewery at recycling center — July 8 — Evanston's Economic Development Committee Tuesday night unanimously recommended that the City Council direct the city manager to negotiate an agreement for Smylie Bros. Brewing Co. to expand into the city's former recycling center on Oakton Street.
  9. Both former Dominick's markets opening this month — July 20 — Just over 18 months after Safeway closed its Chicago-area Dominick's supermarket chain, the two affected stores in Evanston are scheduled to reopen with new owners a week apart this month.
  10. Partial building collapse closes Ridge Avenue — July 12 — The partial collapse of a building overnight is expected to keep Ridge Avenue blocked to northbound traffic between Clark and Emerson streets in Evanston at least until sometime Monday.

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