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Comings & Goings: Indian Springs School District to demolish building

Big things are coming to Indian Springs School District 109.

The school district is seeking bids to tear down a building the district acquired last year at 8000 S. Roberts Road in Bridgeview.

“I’m hoping we can tear it down by May, but nothing is certain,” said Supt. Jon Nebor. “It will make for some nice green space.”

Tearing down the building, which the district purchased last summer for $609,000, is just the beginning for some planned improvements at the district.

More on that to come later.

Justice OKs new businesses

Justice trustees at this week’s village board meeting approved a business license for Blue Island-based Monumental Art Works to open a headstone showroom at 7950 S. Archer Ave. Open by appointment only by calling 708-389-3038.

Also approved was a business license for Machos Tacos, a new Mexican restaurant at 8350 S. Roberts Road.

Mexican foods company leases space Ole Mexican Foods, one of the largest tortilla makers in the U.S., has leased a 37,000-square-foot industrial space at 6748 S. Sayre Ave. in Bedford Park. The company has a Midwest headquarters at 5140 W. 73rd St. in the village.

Northwestern College honored by BBB

Northwestern College, a career-focused two-year college with a campus on Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, has announced that the Better Business Bureau has awarded the college its Complaint Free Award for 2014.

This honor is awarded exclusively to BBB Accredited Businesses.

The college, which has been educating students for more than a century, has about 1,200 students and 250 employees.

“Your company’s commitment to customer service excellence pays dividends in many ways in meeting and exceeding their needs,” Steve J. Bernas, BBB President & CEO noted in the award letter. “We are honored to recognize your business for superior

performance in the area of ethical business practices and encourage you to continue your commitment to total customer satisfaction.”

Jersey Mike’s, Lurie, Blackhawks team up

The Chicago Blackhawks Charities and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – are joining forces with 40 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Chicago area for the fifth annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign.

During the month of March, customers can make a donation to the Chicago Blackhawks Charities and Lurie Children’s at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant.

The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 25, when 100 percent of the day’s sales at Jersey Mike’s locations nationwide will go to more than 120 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

On the March 25 Day of Giving, all Chicago area Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales – every single dollar that comes in – to the Chicago Blackhawks Charities and Lurie Children’s.

For a list of participating restaurants in your area and for more information on our charity partners, please visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.

Everyone is invited to come in to a local Jersey Mike’s restaurant and enjoy a delicious sub meal.

Last year’s Month of Giving campaign raised $2.1 million for 100 different charities nationwide. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised nearly $10 million for worthy local causes and distributed more than 1 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to come in and enjoy a Jersey Mike’s sub during our Month of Giving,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years old. “This year we hope to raise more than $2.5 million to support these local causes so we can bring hope to all those involved with the charities and make a difference in people’s lives.”

Tommy Nevin’s switching to Mexican restaurant The Tommy Nevin’s Irish-themed pub at 9680 Lincolnway Lane in Frankfort closed at the end of December and is being remodeled and will be rebranded as a Toro de Fuego Mexican restaurant, according to Sophia Schneider, executive administrator of The Nevin’s Group.

The Tommy Nevin’s Frankfort Facebook

page posted a message that the new restaurant would feature “authentic Mexican cuisine with complex flavors that are complimented with creative drinks and an assortment of tequilas, beer, & wines.”

“We are shooting for a May 5 opening,” Schneider said Monday in an email.

In the meantime, according to its Facebook page, customers with Tommy Nevin’s Frankfort gift cards and frequent diner cards can still redeem them at the Tommy Nevin’s locations in Naperville and Evanston.

Orland OKs Paddy B’s expansion, new Pizza Hut

Orland Park trustees voted earlier this month to approve special-use permits that will allow an expansion at Paddy B’s Pub at 11969 W. 143rd St. and the opening of a carry-out Pizza Hut restaurant at 7842 W. 159th St. Paddy B’s will be taking about 900

square feet of adjacent space in the Pinewood Plaza Shopping Center that had been the Intellect Learning Center. This is the second expansion for Paddy B’s

at this location after moving into the plaza from its longtime home in Old Orland in 2010.

The expansion will allow for additional seating — 32 seats at eight tables — and a storage area for kitchen supplies.

Hours will remain the same from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

No timetable for the expansion was announced.

Pizza Hut plans to operate a carry-out only restaurant in the former space of Universal Therapy at the Patio Retail Center.

Pizza Hut will remodel the 1,151-square-foot space to accommodate the restaurant.

No timetable for the remodeling was announced.

The special-use permits were approved at the Feb. 2 Orland Park Village Board meeting. They were required because both restaurants are within 300 feet of nearby homes.

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 also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.com and www.southlandsavvy.blogspot.com

 

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