Irvine, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the quick-casual fresh Mexican chain, announced the grand opening of its newest Baja Fresh in Niles, IL. The 2,100 square foot Baja Fresh is located at 8610 W. Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714.…

Chicago Remains Top Dining Destination and Gains Seven Four Diamond Establishments Aurora, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  AAA Chicago announced the five restaurants and four lodgings named as AAA Five Diamond Award designees for 2012 in Illinois and northern Indiana.  All nine designees…

Rapidly expanding wing chain awards two development agreements, including an 11-store deal to grow Chicago presence Richardson, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Wingstop today announced the company has signed two development agreements that will result in 14 new restaurants in the Chicago area.…

Chicago, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Lamb Vindaloo, Cochinita Pibil and Spicy Pork Sisig are set to ignite taste buds at the International Fiery Foods Challenge, presented Saturday, January 28, 2 – 4 p.m., as part of the Travel & Adventure Show at…

Grand opening celebration on January 14 to include Benny the Bull, Luvabulls, Bulls Broadcasters Wennington and Swirsky, and B96’s J, Julian and Showbiz Shelly Chicago, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Nearly 50 years after the first Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts opened, the 500th Dunkin’…

New Year’s Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday. Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed…

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is offering Chicago residents the exclusive scoop on how to own their very own Baskin-Robbins franchise. The company has opportunities for qualified candidates to purchase existing restaurants in the Greater…

For barbecue aficionados in Chicago, the summer of 2010 went beyond fever pitch — they were inexplicable times. In a 10-week span between late June and Labor Day, seven barbecue restaurants opened, from Gary to Chicago’s Gold Coast. “It really…

British restaurant favorite, Pret A Manger, purveyors of fresh, natural, preservative-free food, has opened its third Chicago storefront at 73 West Monroe St. This location is being introduced just six months after the UK eatery opened its second location in…

Tossed, home of garden fresh salads, crepe wraps and sandwiches, announced today the signing of a franchise agreement with a Chicago ownership team, bringing the chain’s healthy cuisine to America’s heartland.  Delivering the same ultra-fresh, made-to-order gourmet salads that were…

Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, the legendary fondue and lovers’ landmark, will celebrate its 46th anniversary with a series of special events the week of  Sunday, June 26th through Thursday, June 30th.  In addition to offering its traditional anniversary discount…

Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing  fast casual “better burger” restaurant concept, opens the doors to its 100th store on Wednesday, April 27 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Since its debut more than three years ago, Smashburger has successfully opened stores in 20…