Famous Dave’s in North Riverside will be moving out of its longtime home at 25th Street and Harlem Avenue later this year and into larger digs about 50 yards south at 2514 Harlem Ave., on the fourth and final outlot of the Costco development.
The company has submitted architectural plans for a new 5,310-square-foot building, which includes an indoor dining room that seats 191 people and a seasonal outdoor dining area that includes a fire pit patio and can seat an additional 57 people.
According to Karyn Byrne, the village of North Riverside’s code enforcement officer, Famous Dave’s is looking to complete construction of the new store by Nov. 15 and hopes to be open by Thanksgiving.
The village has already given approvals for infrastructure work to begin on the outlot, which sits directly south of AAA Auto Care. That business, which has largely been completed, should be open by August, Byrne said.
Famous Dave’s lease for the space it presently occupies expires at the end of 2015, but the business is expected to move out as soon as its new location is ready. Inquiries for potential new tenants for the old Famous Dave’s space have already begun to roll in, according to North Riverside Village Administrator Guy Belmonte.
Officials for Tony’s Finer Foods, which owns the North Riverside Park Plaza strip mall that includes the present Famous Dave’s building, reportedly have had interest from a pizza restaurant chain and a chicken restaurant chain.
Miller’s Ale House targets Sept. 15
Meanwhile, it looks like Miller’s Ale House, a Florida-based casual-dining chain, is on target to open its new restaurant in the northeast parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Sept. 15.
Work to renovate and expand a former medical office building immediately west of the Olive Garden restaurant continues ahead of schedule, according to village officials.
The North Riverside location will be just the second Miller’s Ale House restaurant in Illinois. The other is in Lombard. Miller’s Ale House operates 50 restaurants in Florida and another 19 in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.