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Comings & Goings: Next Generation Dunkin’ now open in Evergreen Park

By Bob Bong

The first

south suburban Dunkin’s store of the future officially opened last month in

Evergreen Park.

The

so-called Next Generation Dunkin held its grand opening Feb. 11 at 9601 S.

Pulaski Road in the 96 Point Crossings plaza.

The

1,833-square-foot restaurant is one of only 50 Dunkin’s to feature the new

design.

“It is

very exciting to bring one of Dunkin’s next generation stores to the Evergreen

Park area,” said Sam Panjwani, Dunkin’ franchisee. “The new menu items and

redesign are sure to impress our current Dunkin’ fans, as well as those that

may not be aware of Dunkin’s latest offerings.”

The new-look

Dunkin’ features a modern design, a tap system to serve eight cold beverages

including coffees and teas, a new uniform designed by Life is Good.

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Alibi Bar & Grill now

closed in Palos Hills

The Alibi

Bar & Grill closed its doors at the end of December at 9750 S. Roberts Road

in Palos Hills.

The bar

was open less than a year.

The bar

posted a note on its Facebook page stating the closing was “due to a series of

unfortunate events. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

There was

another posting that said, “Thank you so much. But you can still come and see

us at zubar, we are located at 8436 Brookfield Avenue in Brookfield.”

The

property is listed for sale for $399,000.

Dollar Tree to close hundreds of Family Dollar stores

Discount retailer Dollar Tree, which acquired Family Dollar

in 2015, has announced that it plans to close 390 Family Dollar locations,

rebrand 200 as Dollar Tree stores and renovate another 1,000 locations.

The chain did not announce which stores would be affected.

“We

are confident we are taking the appropriate steps to reposition our Family

Dollar brand for increasing profitability as business initiatives gain traction

in the back half of fiscal 2019,” CEO Gary Philbin said in announcing the

decision.

The

renovated Family Dollar locations will sell alcohol and include a $1 Dollar

Tree merchandise section. About 400 stores will get expanded freezer and cooler

sections.

The

company had 7,001 Dollar Tree locations and 8,236 Family Dollar stores as of

February.

Charlotte

Russe going out of business

Women’s

clothing retailer Charlotte Russe has announced that it will hold going out of

business sales at all of its more than 400 stores.

The

company’s intellectual property and rights to its leases will be sold

separately.

The

liquidation sale began last week. Gift cards must be used by March 21, the

company announced.

The chain

has 16 locations in Illinois including local stores at the Promenade

Bolingbrook, Chicago Ridge Mall, Ford City Mall, Orland Square Mall, and North

Riverside.

The

retailer filed for bankruptcy last month.

Premo’s

reopens in Oak Lawn

Premo’s

Ice Cream, which was closed after a fire Nov. 28 has reopened at 5540 W. 95thSt.

in downtown Oak Lawn.

The fire

was reported in the roof and extinguished pretty quickly.

The

business has been serving ice cream and food for more than 50 years.

The ice

cream parlor is working under winter hours and is closed on Sundays.

Rainbow

Cone open for season

Rainbow

Cone, which has been selling ice cream on the southwest side in 1926, is now

open for the season at 9233 S. Western Ave. It opened for the season on March

4.

The

original Rainbow Cone is made of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio

and orange sherbet.

The

store’s Navy Pier location hasn’t opened yet.

Currency

exchange closes in Tinley

The Harlem

and 159thCurrency Exchange has closed its longtime home in an

outlot at Park Center Plaza in Tinley Park.

The

currency exchange closed recently at 16018 S. Harlem Ave.

Pop’s

Italian Beef celebrates anniversary

Palos Heights-based Pop’s

Italian Beef & Sausage is celebrating its 39thanniversary

in March with three special offers all of its locations.

The “free Pop’s for a year”

contest will give 14 lucky customers (one winner per location) a free meal a

month for the next 12 months. Customers can enter to win by filling out a

raffle ticket with their meal purchase at any Pop’s location until winners are

announced on March 24.

Every customer will also

receive a buy one, get one hot dog voucher with their purchase (while supplies

last). Vouchers are redeemable through March 31.

Pop’s will also be celebrating

with $3 beef sandwiches on the day of its anniversary, March 24.

“The entire Pop’s team is

thrilled to celebrate our 39thyear,” said Kacie Radochonski,

director of operations for Pop’s Italian Beef and Sausage. “We are so excited

to give back to our customers who have been supporting us since we opened our

doors in 1980. We encourage everyone to visit their local Pop’s and celebrate

with us!”

For more information,

visitwww.popsbeef.com.

If you

see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me

a line at [email protected] You can track business openings and closings at

http://bobbongonbusiness.com/

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