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Comings & Goings: Bandana’s BBQ opens in south suburbs

By Bob Bong

St. Louis-based Bandana’s BBQ announced that its latest location in Tinley Park is now open for carryout and curbside service with dine-in service coming soon.

The restaurant is in the former Dugout and Applebee’s building at 16200 S. Harlem Ave.

The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To order, call708-336-4310 orÊvisitÊwww.bandanasbbq.com.

According to its website, Bandana’s featuresSouthern-style BBQ seasoned with adry ruband cooked sauceless, then hand-cut to order straight from the smoker.

Renovations have been going on for more than a year, thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the first entry by this 29-unit chain into metro Chicago,” Rick Scardino, of Lee & Associates, said in a release announcing the restaurant was coming. “A collaboration of efforts by the village of Tinley Park and the seller will create a nice launchpad for possible future locations in metro Chicago.”

The development received a Cook County Class 7A reclassification that lowered its tax assessment from 25 percent to 10 percent for 10 years.

Stock & Field going out of business

Stock & Field, formerly known as Big R, is going out of business after 57 years after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January in federal court in Minnesota.

All 25 locations will be closing including one at 15830 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen, which originally was a Kmart store. Another Illinois store closing in Morris, which is southwest of Joliet.

The company was founded in 1964 in Watseka as a farm, home and outdoor retailer. It grew to 25 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.

A joint venture ofÊTiger Capital GroupÊandÊB. Riley Retail SolutionsÊhas restocked shelves with$20 millionof inventory. Storewide discounts now range from 30 to 60 percent with limited exceptions. For the first time, all firearms and ammunition are discounted.

“This merchandise gives Stock & Field’s customers a chance to find a wide selection at store closing prices,” Michael McGrail, COO of Tiger Capital Group, said in a release. “So, those who have shopped these stores during the first phase should give them a second look, as we have significantly restocked these locations.”

“Over the past month, shoppers have flocked to these sales amid the surge in demand for merchandise in categories such as sporting goods, lawn and garden, pets, and home and outdoor living,” Scott Carpenter, CEO of B. Riley Retail Solutions, said in the release.

Customers have until February 28 to redeem any rebate balances.

No closing date was announced.

Ingalls nurses win first contract

Registered nurses at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their historic first contract,the National Nurses Organizing Committee/ National Nurses United announced Monday.

Ingalls is part of the University of Chicago Medicine system.

“We are clear that this four-year contract will lead to improvements in patient care at Ingalls as the nurses will now have a real say in the decision-making process,” Lisa Vaughns, a registered nurse who works in the intensive care unit, said in a release.

Nurses also noted that this contract includes an important and historic commitment from management to hire associate degree nurses.

“We are very proud we were able to secure these opportunities for associate degree nurses, who are too often shut out of acute-care hospital settings although they prove themselves to be fully competent as they must pass the same board exam as nurses with bachelor’s degrees,” Donna Dubois, RN, said in the release. “This important commitment will go a long way toward providing opportunities for nurses who are graduating from the surrounding community colleges.”

NNOC/NNU represents 450 nurses at Ingalls. The nurses voted to join the union in October 2019.Ê

Jersey Mike’s donates to Blackhawks Foundation

The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation is joining forces with 64 Jersey Mike’s sub shopsÊin the Chicago area forÊthe 11thÊannual March “Month of Giving“Êcampaign to fund local charities.

During the month of March, customers can make a donation to the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants.

The campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 31, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.

On Day of Giving, local Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country will donate their resources and every single dollar that comes in to more than 200 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

This March, Jersey Mike’s hopes to raise a record-breaking $8 million for local charities striving to fulfill their missions and make a difference.

“This March, we celebrate our Month of Giving with a renewed sense of determination to do all we can to raise as much as we can for important local causes,” Peter Cancro,Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, said in a release. “I invite you to come in this month and make a difference in someone’s life.”

Throughout March, customers can make donations through the Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite. On Day of Giving, Jersey Mike’s will offer free delivery through the Jersey Mike’s app.

Since Month of Giving began in 2011, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $32 million for local charities.

Local Jersey Mike’s are in Orland Park, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort and Crestwood.

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 atÊhttp://bobbongonbusiness.com/

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