Biz news: Clarke's on the move

Signs have just gone up announcing that Clarke's, a dining fixture on Clark Street downtown since 1985, will soon move into the former Boltwood restaurant space at 804 Davis.

A city licensing report indicates they'll be relocating from the current location at 720 Clark. The restaurant features breakfast specialties along with burgers and sandwiches. With the new location customers won't have to take several steps down in the middle of the dining area.


2510 Green Bay Road in a September 2018 image from Google Maps.

Also on the move, Lock Chicago LLC, whose owners are scheduled to go before the Design and Project Review Committee Wednesday afternoon seeking a special use permit to convert the former Hackstudio space at 2510 Green Bay Road into their new base, moving from their current location at 820 Davis St.

In his application to the city, business owner Bane Srdjevic says that, despite the name, the rooms at Lock Chicago are never actually locked when play is underway.

He says the escape rooms "are fun, family friendly and quiet forms of amusement for people of all ages" and says over 5,000 Evanston residents have participated in events at the existing location in the three years it's been in operation.

The Lock Chicago website says each room has been decked out with a theme and puzzles that a group of friends get an hour to solve.


Cafe Coralie, in an image from Facebook.

Cafe Coralie at 633 Howard St. closed Sunday. According to city documents, the business had fallen more than $4,600 behind in payments on a $50,000 economic development loan from the city and nearly $30,000 behind on rent payments to the city for the space that formerly was the Howard Street police outpost.

City officials say they'll take possession of the $50,000 in equiment purchased with the loan and pursue other steps to recover the rest of the funds.

Patisserie Coralie, at 600 Davis St. downtown, remains open.

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