Three Restaurants Coming To Downtown Skokie

Also, one restaurant closed around Thanksgiving, and another couldn't reach lease terms with a landlord and scrapped its plans.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Skokie is very appetizing to restaurateurs these days; three have plans to open eateries in the downtown area, but at least one could not get the recipe to work, at least for now, and another one has turned off his oven and hung a "closed" sign on the door.

Here's a rundown of where Skokie plans to put the fish fork, er, the new dining establishments.


Eclissi Restaurant has closed its rather narrow space at 8020 N. Lincoln Avenue. Ruben Villanueva, owner of the Italian eatery, is reportedly looking for space elsewhere in Skokie, said Ann Tennes, Skokie's director of communications and marketing.


Earlier: American Bistro Two North To Open in Skokie

Patch reported in September that downtown Chicago brasserie and bar One North Kitchen and Bar was going to expand by opening Two North Kitchen and Bar in downtown Skokie. However, Leslie Murphy, the village's economic development specialist, said the owners were unable to reach an agreement with the property owner of 4904 Oakton on the terms of a lease. The owner is still interested in opening in Skokie, she said. 


  • Blue Agave Mexican Cuisine will take over both Eclissi's old space at 8020 Lincoln as well as 8018 Lincoln and create an opening in the wall to make the two properties a unified dining space, Murphy explained. They intend to serve traditional Mexican cuisine. 8018 Lincoln has been vacant for at least four years, Murphy said. 
  • Fogos Peri Peri, a Polynesian/Portuguese restaurant which Patch earlier reported is coming to downtown Skokie, is expected to open in the first half of 2014. The owners received a grant of up to $50,000 from the village to do interior renovation on Nov. 4, and is also doing exterior renovation, for which it received a grant of $45,425. "That's really good news," said Murphy. "One of our goals is to get property owners to invest in a building." The grant money comes from the downtown TIF fund, and the village uses it to encourage investment and economic vitality in the downtown area.
  • Euro Echo Cafe will open at 7919 N. Lincoln Avenue. The owner received a $38,200 grant for exterior work from the village Dec. 2, and a $43,100 grant from the village for interior work on Dec. 16. 
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Craig Hahn January 21, 2014 at 09:02 AM
I am not surprised that One North Kitchen could not come to terms with the landlord at 4904 Oakton. I tried to open a coffee shop in that location in conjunction with the opening of the CTA station and had the same problem. They were asking close to double the going downtown rental rate.
David Zornig January 21, 2014 at 02:40 PM
I inquired about the 4904 Oakton space too, before I ultimately opened my collectables shop further East on Oakton in 2009. I forget the rent figure I was quoted, but it was way out of line with the area even then. I even liked the funky murals it had from when it had been an internet cafe or whatever. I would have left that as is. It's been vacant since I moved here in 2007 as I recall. The owners must be writing off on their taxes, whatever they are not earning off the space. So keeping that figure high probably serves them just fine. I can't recall if that was a Single Net lease with a portion of property taxes attached or not. Either way, it doesn't help out the downtown if landlords are unrealistic about rents. Higher rents just turns successful businesses into break even ones. Who then just move on to where they can survive.
Craig Hahn January 21, 2014 at 03:09 PM
The rental income generated by 4904 is insignificant to the landlords. You are probably correct that it is used as a write off.


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