Damen Updates: The Hole Where Hot Chocolate Is/Was, Grass Fed LLC, Cesar’s Margaritas Pulls Out of Former Dairy Queen Space
We interrupt work on the next Celebrate! magazine (info here) to report that there appears to be a hole where Hot Chocolate (1747 N. Damen) is/was….?
Inside the hole is a crane.
Yesterday when we walked past Hot Chocolate, the place was packed.
Anyone have the scoop on this? We’re busy making ad mock-ups like this one. If you know what’s up with Hot Chocolate, please add it is a comment.
Just a few doors south of Hot Chocolate, it’s been confirmed that caffe de luca at 1721 N. Damen is closing. Owner Art still owns the building and will be renting to Grass Fed LLC, a steak house. The good news: Diners can expect to see familiar faces at Grass Fed, per this message on CDL’s Facebook page.
Damen’s Caffe De Luca will remain open through the end of May. Here’s many photos “Aly De Luca” snapped during almost two years of Free Tarot Nights! Numerous pipeline readers found their way onto the pipeline’s weekly e-newsletter subscriber list via Free Tarot Night, which Aly retired from when a full-time job, a full-time newsletter, and a weekly tarot night was just too much excitement for one person.
Lastly, at 1649 N. Damen, we were alerted to possible new news on the Cesar’s Sinful Margaritas project via this comment from ‘Bucktown Resident’: I walked past the empty storefront this weekend (21 April 2012), and noticed all of the permits have been removed. Any word if Cesar’s has decided to pull out?
We sent an email to 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack’s office to try and find out the answer to BR’s question, though it was after normal-people-working-hours aka 6PM. A walk past the former Dairy Queen space showed that only a small bit of orange was left as proof of the prior permit.
The Pipeline just reached Cesar Castellanos, owner of Caesar’s Margaritas on Clark, pictured at far left, via telephone. Cesar confirmed that after no less than four community meetings and one ZBA hearing (where the restaurant was denied a second-level patio permit) that he’d decided to pull out of the project.