Another restaurant closed

Another restaurant closed

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Just Me

New Lenox, IL

#1 Mar 3, 2013
Prime time is closed! New Lenox can't keep any restaurant open, NL wouldn't give them a entertainment license and they can't make any money without it.

I'm sure the blue stone folks be happy
vito

New Lenox, IL

#2 Mar 3, 2013
way to go new lenox! just chase every business out of here. Recently they even sent a letter to all the business's on schoolhouse to remove signs for advertisement. This town is a joke i think it time to move far away from these scumbag!
TOO BAD

Naperville, IL

#3 Mar 3, 2013
So, PrimeTime & Charlestons are closed. Next comes Charlestons since they are on the verge of closing. My next question, where will all our local drunks go now??
TOO BAD

Naperville, IL

#4 Mar 3, 2013
Meant, that PrimeTime and Charley Horse is closed!
tired of it

Glendale Heights, IL

#5 Mar 3, 2013
Why do you think it closed? We had dinner there tonight
Today

Geneva, IL

#6 Mar 3, 2013
Was last day
Concerned Citizen

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 4, 2013
Primetime is closed? We just ate there last night.
odd town

Frankfort, IL

#8 Mar 4, 2013
I have lived here for a few years now and cannot figure this town out. Police seem to be everywhere, everyone afraid to go grab a drink at one of the local places as everyone knows someone charged with DUI in New Lenox and yet home break ins and robberies every week. The neighborhoods seem fine and most seem to have jobs but we cannot keep independent restaurants open? Is Portillo's really that great? What am I missing?
Concerned Citizen

Chicago, IL

#9 Mar 4, 2013
odd town wrote:
I have lived here for a few years now and cannot figure this town out. Police seem to be everywhere, everyone afraid to go grab a drink at one of the local places as everyone knows someone charged with DUI in New Lenox and yet home break ins and robberies every week. The neighborhoods seem fine and most seem to have jobs but we cannot keep independent restaurants open? Is Portillo's really that great? What am I missing?
New Lenox has never been able to attract finer restaurants. Williamsons and Papa Joes are probably the best (IMHO) but they are just mediocre in the big scheme of things. Frankfort is a more charming town and the residents there are not afraid to pay $100 for a nice dinner. A few years ago House of Hughes tried to open a steakhouse here and failed miserably.
odd town

Frankfort, IL

#10 Mar 4, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
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New Lenox has never been able to attract finer restaurants. Williamsons and Papa Joes are probably the best (IMHO) but they are just mediocre in the big scheme of things. Frankfort is a more charming town and the residents there are not afraid to pay $100 for a nice dinner. A few years ago House of Hughes tried to open a steakhouse here and failed miserably.
Frankfort is quite nice and my family and I have dinner over there quite a bit. I agree with your assessment of New lenox reataurants but I cannot figure out why the local gov. and residents do not understand the importance of supporting local restaurants. Restaurants attract those from other towns, I cannot think of anything else that brings outsiders to New Lenox. I see hundreds at local sporting events but yet these same people cannot take their families to dinners in our town? Maybe New Lenox residents just are apathetic?
Example

New Lenox, IL

#11 Mar 4, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
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New Lenox has never been able to attract finer restaurants. Williamsons and Papa Joes are probably the best (IMHO) but they are just mediocre in the big scheme of things. Frankfort is a more charming town and the residents there are not afraid to pay $100 for a nice dinner. A few years ago House of Hughes tried to open a steakhouse here and failed miserably.
Don't use House of Hughes as an example. They failed miserably in that instance. Nowhere near fine dining. Wasn't good like their other location.
Concerned Citizen

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 4, 2013
odd town wrote:
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Frankfort is quite nice and my family and I have dinner over there quite a bit. I agree with your assessment of New lenox reataurants but I cannot figure out why the local gov. and residents do not understand the importance of supporting local restaurants. Restaurants attract those from other towns, I cannot think of anything else that brings outsiders to New Lenox. I see hundreds at local sporting events but yet these same people cannot take their families to dinners in our town? Maybe New Lenox residents just are apathetic?
Part of the problem is that the town just lacks charm. Frankfort has a nice downtown area with suitable parking, lighting and several restaurants, bars and even boutique shops. New Lenox has struggled over the years and just has not been able to develop a comparable area.

It was envisioned that the Commons might develop to New Lenox's answer but banks, the village hall and library are not enough to generate the foot traffic to support a full fledged restaurant. Heck, they even have trouble supporting a coffee shop in the library!
odd town

Frankfort, IL

#13 Mar 4, 2013
Example wrote:
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Don't use House of Hughes as an example. They failed miserably in that instance. Nowhere near fine dining. Wasn't good like their other location.
Agree,House of Hughes was awful. The point I am trying to make is that we need to support local businesses. We have tried every place in town, some good, some not so much, but still understand our $ is important. The city needs to make $ in other areas than just DUI and property tax, garbage etc. If Charley Horse, Prime Time, House of Hughes, LA Cafe,(My God, this is a lot of closings in my 3 years here) are not replaced and supported shame on all of us.
Hank

Lemont, IL

#14 Mar 4, 2013
odd town wrote:
I have lived here for a few years now and cannot figure this town out. Police seem to be everywhere, everyone afraid to go grab a drink at one of the local places as everyone knows someone charged with DUI in New Lenox and yet home break ins and robberies every week. The neighborhoods seem fine and most seem to have jobs but we cannot keep independent restaurants open? Is Portillo's really that great? What am I missing?
Home break ins and robberies every week? You must live on the eastside of Joliet because that sure isn't happening in New Lenox. Yes there are people arrested for DUI's in New Lenox, but find me a town that doesn't arrest drunk drivers.
odd town

Frankfort, IL

#15 Mar 4, 2013
Hank wrote:
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Home break ins and robberies every week? You must live on the eastside of Joliet because that sure isn't happening in New Lenox. Yes there are people arrested for DUI's in New Lenox, but find me a town that doesn't arrest drunk drivers.
No I do not live on the eastside of Joliet. I am however impressed that those "poor, mean, and just plain bad folks in Joliet" can support restaurants in their neighborhhod. I have driven through that area several times and I see some thriving businesses. I live in a fine area of New Lenox, have kids in the schools and am invested in the community. I understand the need to arrest drunk divers, however I know 3 local residents arrested and exonerated for DUI here. They paid thousands to defend themselves and New Lenox received a large share. I also know many that will not even go to a local place for a drink for fear that the NLPD is trolling the parking lots waiting for people to leave. DUI is not really my point, I just don't understand how a town like this cannot gain the support of it's residents to make it better. As far as robberies and break ins, just read the local paper.
Concerned Citizen

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 4, 2013
First, I agree with the premise that we should support local businesses. Let's keep the money here if at all possible.

The fact is though that there are no exceptional restaurants here locally. If I want to take "Mrs. Citizen" out for an anniversary dinner, I would want a nicer place than Williamson's of Papa Joes. The food is good but those places just lack the ambiance of Francheca's, Mr. Benny's, La Dolce Vita in our neighboring towns.

We need a nice destination type restaurant (preferably steakhouse) with a bar that doesn't feel the need to be a sports bar at night. I would hope that the residents would support something that is more upscale given the choice.
Unincorporated

Frankfort, IL

#17 Mar 4, 2013
Mr. Benny's is my favorite around here. He seems to know your name even if you've only been there once. Great guy, great food.
Professor

Mokena, IL

#18 Mar 4, 2013
Obamanomics is destroying every community. It's only going to get worse!
Just Me

New Lenox, IL

#19 Mar 4, 2013
I agree, I think the DUI Capital of IL has something to do with people not spending their dollars here on Friday and Saturday nights...its just not worth it to get harassed by the police.
But have you noticed all the empty store fronts / offices? Its a ghost town in NL.
The town has little to no charm, it doesn't celebrate its history like Frankfort, there is no centrally located anything....
Once the Taj Mahal went up next to the giant library we couldn't keep open, the Commons is just not a place to go either. Could you imagine a club or 2 there, along with some stores...heck no, they're not fancy enough for this square!
The founding fathers did a horrible job in town planning and current politicans are no better...the business director lives in another state!
NL REZ

Frankfort, IL

#20 Mar 4, 2013
Just Me wrote:
I agree, I think the DUI Capital of IL has something to do with people not spending their dollars here on Friday and Saturday nights...its just not worth it to get harassed by the police.
But have you noticed all the empty store fronts / offices? Its a ghost town in NL.
The town has little to no charm, it doesn't celebrate its history like Frankfort, there is no centrally located anything....
Once the Taj Mahal went up next to the giant library we couldn't keep open, the Commons is just not a place to go either. Could you imagine a club or 2 there, along with some stores...heck no, they're not fancy enough for this square!
The founding fathers did a horrible job in town planning and current politicans are no better...the business director lives in another state!
You all are right on. I know many that will not even come to NL to eat or have a beer because of the Police issue. Question, how much money are we costing our town and businesses by operating our police department this way? I know I would never open any restaurant here as I would be at a huge disadvantage to competitors in nearby towns where police don't drive around parking lots.

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