Friday, January 31, 2014

Photos! North Center's Golden Angel site making way for new Lou Malnati's

The Golden Angel Pancake House sign "frozen" in time on Wednesday at 4344 N Lincoln Avenue (All photos Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker Kale Realty)
I stopped by the new Lou Malnati's construction site in North Center during my very long and enjoyable walk around the neighborhood Wednesday. Alderman Pawar's office reported on Facebook January 23rd "zoning for a new Lou Malnati's located at Lincoln and Montrose just passed committee!".  The popular deep dish pizza company will help improve the corner and anchor an already popular business and residential area.

Mixed use condo and apartment buildings line the 4300 block of North Lincoln Avenue overlooking the Lou Malnati's construction site. The residents enjoy convenient retail, restaurants, services and transportation.

The "triangle" site of the new Lou Malnati's at the bustling district where North Center meets Lincoln Square at Welles Park. Reports are the original structure will be torn down for new construction building.

 There had been a little controversy surrounding the proposed outdoor café along the Leavitt side of the property shown below.  The west side of the Lou Malnati's property faces pricey single family and row homes.  Malnati's wanted 60 seats outdoors... that has been scaled down.

The location is fantastic. Lots of driver traffic from Lincoln and Montrose Avenues.  The restaurant will be surrounded by other successful businesses Tiny Lounge, Julius Meinl and Monty Gaels.  More importantly, the family friendly chain is adjacent to Welles Park where sports league participants (young and old) will surely flock to the restaurant.  Not to mention Old Town School of Folk Music, Sulzer Library, The Davis movie theater and so much more nearby.

The Lou Malnati's on Roselle in Schaumburg was my favorite restaurant as a kid when our family moved from the city to the burbs. The "old timey" building felt like we were going to a cool house to eat.  We've also been really impressed with the newer Gold Coast location.

The Lincoln and Montrose intersection of North Center and Lincoln Square has become a powerhouse destination!

New condo construction across the street.

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