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What Should Go Here? Chicago House of Brews

The City of Oak Forest is in the process of buying the property, also known as the Numero Uno site, on Cicero Avenue.

Whether you know it as the former Chicago House of Brews or the old Numero Uno site, the building at 15426 Cicero Ave. stands empty and waiting for a new occupant to bring it back to life.

The is still in the process of buying the property at 15426 S. Cicero Ave. Officials intend to sell the property as part of an effort to .

Until recently, a sign out front read "Bank Owned Property" and listed contact information for interested buyers.

The area gets plenty of traffic and might be ideal for another restaurant or bar. But what would you like to see go in?

What should go in the old Chicago House of Brews building? Tell us in the comments.

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lvent August 03, 2012 at 09:15 PM
When I was a kid almost all of the restaurants around us were privately owned family businesses. Take a look around today. It looks like America has lost it's soul.
Baba Wawa August 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Dave's right. Raze it. It's an architectural nightmare. In order to get in the main dining room, you have to go up a flight of stairs. Not very ADA friendly. It's cursed. Every business that's been in there dies. Numero Uno was the original and it was a miracle that place lasted as long as it did.
Kathy Oboikovitz August 03, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I'm thinking Culver's or, dare I say it, Chick-Fil-A?
lvent August 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Do people even know what good food is? Try Palermo's on 95th or Roccos or Peteys....Corporate mind control is an illness that gives you other illnesses.
lvent August 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I realize I am thinking outside of the box a bit here but how about Hog Wild?
lvent August 03, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Yep..just what the tax payers need....more vacant land to pay taxes on. If they tear it down...expect a tax hike. If a Corp builds there expect a tax break for them and a tax hike for us. We need to promote and support private small businesses
lvent August 03, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Guess what built the Corporate Oligarchy in Orland? The people of ORLAND PARK...by picking up the tax tab for that giant Corporate mall for years so they could get stronger. We are killing ourselves and we don't even see it. Tax breaks for the mega corps makes them richer and all of us poorer.
Colleen Cardinal August 03, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Clear the lot, it's an eye sore. Nothing is going to make it in that building. I agree Oak Forest does not need to spend our tax dollars to purchase it.
John Groskopf August 03, 2012 at 10:16 PM
You have a great idea Cathy. chic-fil- a. Better yet get some greeks who know how to run a great restaurant ,serve good food at a reasonable price. Get some classy restarant in oak forest we can all go to.
Bob Laird August 03, 2012 at 10:28 PM
tough call in this crappy economy. I know it was uno's for a long time and that failed. there was a ginos on 159th and harlem and that failed, but ginos had a really good deepdish pie. there's nowhere around here with that style. beggars has good pizza, but they got crazy with the prices. what else do we have around here? ginos had the right pizza, but not the same atmosphere as ginos on rush downtown. If they could reproduce the feel, charge realistic prices and provide fast friendly service, they might stand a chance. dicey.
Nick Swedberg (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 10:53 PM
"Like" to Culver's.
Alex Shepherd August 03, 2012 at 11:46 PM
You need to demolish the building. A bar is unneccessary because Blarney Stone is a few buildings down and is an awesome bar that is always packed. So why compete? Put a nice sit down restaurant or maybe a sex shop. Dildos are always in fashion.
Dayle boothe August 04, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Thrift store
lvent August 04, 2012 at 05:09 AM
That is right on. Many people are in need. Not another Goodwill store though. With this thrift store we would give back to the community. I wonder if the "BANK OWNER" would give it to the community as a GIFT...? Maybe the county would give the property a big tax cut to stimulate the economy...? That would be progress.
Brian August 04, 2012 at 06:03 AM
This is already being slated for in Tinley near 159th/Oak Park by Menards.
NANCY GRACE August 04, 2012 at 01:18 PM
CHECK OUT THIS PLACE THEY'RE BUILDING ON UP NORTH...WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE IN OAK FOREST! http://tobykeithusa.com/
Willie August 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Whats going on with the building down the street just north of the Metra tracks where Magna Electric supply use to be?
Ted August 04, 2012 at 09:46 PM
This place is kinda cursed to me also, I met the first love of my life in that place. :( Many many moons ago.........
Jim McGonigal August 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Scott great Idea! B.S... A Brew Pub makes and sells the beer it produces, A lot different than a bar that sells lots different beers. House of beers failed soon after it opened, I think other factors were involved in it's demise. One thing for sure what ever goes in there would most definitely have to be a destination.
Sue1 August 05, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I have no idea if this is accurate maybe Scot can check but I seem to remember the previous owners went out of business because they never paid their bills not for lack of patrons. I'm still trying to figure out how the City thinks they are going to be able to sell it if the real estate company can't.
Sue1 August 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Agree.
Sue1 August 05, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Good idea. We do have too many bars. Maybe they want more though, to add for the pub crawl.
FergLi August 05, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Turn it into some sort of nice community center for Seniors. Lunch served, socializing, some game areas. Maybe the township or city could have a small office with limited hours to help advise seniors or their caregivers about different sources for services available. Add a "nurse's closet" where people can donate all used but good shape canes, walkers, etc. and then others could borrow and return.
Colleen McAbee August 05, 2012 at 02:45 PM
A Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" restaurant! I've been to the one near Indiana University down in Bloomington. Thought the food was great and the atmosphere was tropical and fun. Could work.
Colleen McAbee August 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
In regards to to the old Barb's Place on 167th, how about a bakery? There are none to be found in Oak Forest or Midlothian. Could use a good bakery in this area.
Laura August 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I agree!
Laura August 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
A Brazilian Steakhouse.
Wally August 06, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Why would the city buy this one if they don't have a plan already? Are they not already offering it to a established business with the promise from Dotson and the council for a city grant? (City funds to move into this building!) Not great planning on their part!
lvent August 06, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The bank should give it back to the townspeople who fund and pay for EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY.
FergLi August 06, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Yes, a bakery would be nice, but anything to do with food in that location is rather unappetizing right outside the stables.

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