Restaurant shutdown topped the month's news

The sudden closure of a long-time downtown dining spot became the most read story on Evanston Now in August.  Other top stories included the city manager getting a new job and the opening of a new affordable housing development.

Here's the rundown of the top 10:

  1. Pete Miller's closes after 25 years -- Aug. 21 -- The Pete Miller's restaurant on Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston has closed after a quarter century in operation.
  2. Five Evanston firms named to fast-growing list -- Aug. 18 -- Five Evanston-based businesses are among the 5,000 fastest growing ones in America, according to a newly released list from Inc. magazine.
  3. Metra train strikes pedestrian near Lake Street -- Aug. 16 -- Evanston police and fire units are on the scene on Lake Street near Sherman Avenue where a Metra train outbound from the Loop struck a pedestrian around 5 p.m. this evening.
  4. Bobkiewicz gets job in Washington state -- Aug. 11 -- By a unanimous voice vote Monday evening, the City Council of Issaquah,Washington, confirmed the appointment by Mayor Mary Lou Pauly of Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz as its new city administrator.
  5. City manager announces resignation -- Aug. 13 -- Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced his resignation today in a email message to city staff. He said Friday, Sept. 27, will be his last day on the job in Evanston, and he'll start his new job as city administrator in Issaquah, Washington, on Monday, Sept. 30.
  6. Can there be too many bakeries? -- Aug. 6 -- Evanston Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, objected Monday to proposed tax relief for a local bakery planning to open on Central Street, arguing it might hurt other bakers in the neighborhood.
  7. Beacon Academy pulls out of Crown deal -- Aug. 7 -- The non-profit raising funds for Evanston's new Robert Crown Community Center is blaming foes of the project for a decision by Beacon Academy to pull out of an agreement to pay $500,000 toward its construction.
  8. Parade parkway rule called inequitable -- Aug. 16 -- The head of Evanston's Equity and Empowerment Commission Thursday called for repeal of a city ordinance that lets people put chairs and blankets on the public parkway on Central Street three days ahead of the 4th of July parade.
  9. Schakowsky: New housing is 'fabulous' -- Aug. 23 -- "This is a fabulous new development," U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky told a small crowd gathered this morning for the grand opening of the 16-unit Housing Opportunities for Women affordable housing development in Evanston.
  10. Evanston man charged with sexual assault -- Aug. 13 -- Police say an Evanston man who posed as a ride share driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a Chicago woman.

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