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Comings and goings in Evanston’s restaurant industry made tasty fare for Evanton Now readers last month — with three such stories ranking among the month’s 10 most-read stories. Add a few sides of government and police news, and there you have it.

Here’s a rundown of the top ten.

  1. Self-serve beer coming to Evanston — April 14 — What used to be one of the dining rooms at Pete Miller’s on Sherman Avenue reportedly will open Monday as the Midnight Pig Tap Room with 30 self-serve taps.
  2. City programs on chopping block — April 28 — Evanston aldemen will be asked Monday to approve plans to survey city residents about their views on scaling back or eliminating 54 city programs.
  3. Prairie Moon to close April 15 — April 4 — April 15 will mark the 16th anniversary and the last day of service for the Prairie Moon restaurant at 1502 Sherman Ave. in Evanston.
  4. Rollover on Ridge — April 11 — Evanston police are on the scene of a rollover accident on Ridge Avenue at Grove Street that occurred about 2:30 this afternoon.
  5. Dodge bike lanes under attack — April 20 — Despite reports showing a reduction in traffic accidents and injuries after installation of protected bike lanes on Dodge Avenue, complaints from some residents along the south end of the street will lead to a City Council discussion Monday of removing the lanes between Oakton and Howard streets.
  6. Fleeing suspect crashes car on Main at Fowler — April 25 — Evanston Police have a man in custody who crashed a car into a building at 2401 Main St. about 8:30 this morning after fleeing from police who tried to stop his car outside the Chase Bank branch at 635 Chicago Ave.
  7. Another delay for Fountain Square project — April 22 — Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve a third change order for the Fountain Square renovation project that will delay the project completion to just beyond Memorial Day.
  8. Aldermen reject Herley Clarke lease 7-2 — April 10 — Evanston aldermen Monday night rejected a proposal to lease the city-owned lakefront Harley Clarke mansion to a non-profit group that sought to operate an environmental education center there.
  9. Evanston gets another coworking space — April 16 — A new coworking space is scheduled to open in downtown Evanston later this spring.
  10. Texas BBQ carry-out plans move forward — April 18 — Evanston’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday recommended City Council approval of plans for Falcon Eddy’s Barbeque restaurant in the former Yahala Inn space at 825 Church St.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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