Restaurant closes at Church and Dodge
The struggling shopping corner of Church Street and Dodge Avenue in Evanston suffered another casualty this week when the BopNgrill closed.
The Korean-style diner, featured recently on the Food Network, says on its website somewhat counterintuitively that the Evanston location closed "due to the overwhelming number of customers," but Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, told Evanston Now she understood the owners were disappointed with the performance of the restaurant here.
Another BopNgrill, at 6604 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago, near the Loyola University campus, remains open.
Business at the Evanston location probably wasn't helped when the city raided two adjacent businesses, the A.J. Mini Mart at 1901 Church St. and the A.J. Wireless store at 1700 Dodge Ave. back in April and shuttered them in an investigation of food stamp fraud and health and building code violations.
Those businesses remain closed and Holmes says the city has had difficulty working with the landlord to clean up the property.