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Business Comings & Goings: Outriggers Loses Lease in Tinley Park

Fashion Bug closing in Orland Hills • Animal hospital expanding in Tinley Park • Limestone Grill closes in Palos Heights

Outriggers Fish House at 15917 S. Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park has served its last calamari – at least for a while.

The Greek seafood restaurant abruptly closed its doors for the last time Saturday night.

“We lost our lease,” said Dimitri, a manager who declined to give his last name but promised the restaurant would be back soon in a new location.

“We won’t be gone for too long,” he said. “We don’t want our customers to forget us.”

Dimitri said he wasn’t sure the restaurant would reopen in Tinley. “It will be somewhere in the neighborhood, we like this area,” he said.

Outriggers, which has had other Southland locations over the years including a restaurant a block north in Orland Park, has been in the Tinley location for several years.

The property manager for Brixmoor Property Group, which owns the Tinley Plaza at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, did not respond to an email.

Final days for Fashion Bug

The Fashion Bug store at 9295 W. 159th St. in Orland Hills’ Orland Towne Center will close by the end of the month or whenever its inventory runs out.

The retailer of plus-sized women’s clothes has been counting the days since its corporate owner announced the chain would be shutting down early in 2013.

A location in Merrionette Park is already closed, a location in Homewood will close on Jan. 16 and a store in Bridgeview is in the same closing situation as Orland Hills.

Tinley animal hospital expanding

Avenue Animal Hospital at 16736 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park is in the midst of an expansion project at an adjoining property that includes new examination rooms, a larger treatment area, intensive care unit, a new lab and a separate pharmacy. Plans also call for separate wards for dogs and cats, and a second-floor apartment.

The hospital has been owned and operated by Dr. James Wahl for 25 years.

The expansion is on target to be completed this spring with façade and landscape work expected to wrap up by Labor Day.

Mesirow economist to address chamber lunch

Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist at Mesirow Financial, will be the first speaker of the year for the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Regional Consensus Luncheon on Jan. 14 at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn, 18451 Convention Center Dr.

Laurenti will discuss “Risks in 2013: The Upside and Downside.”

Reservations for the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event can be made online at www.ChicagoSouthland.com and by telephone at 708-957-6950. The cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.

Last Call at Limestone

Limestone City Grill and Lounge at 13415 S. Ridgeland in neighboring Palos Heights gave its last call Saturday night. An employee who answered the phone Sunday said there was a private party going on but confirmed the business had closed.

“I’m just here to answer the phone,” he said. “We’re closed. I don’t know why.”

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

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Harry Callahan January 14, 2013 at 02:05 PM
@MarG, Please explain your meat market atmosphere comment??And your comment "are you sure you:re good enough to be here" WELL ARE YOU??
ann bell January 14, 2013 at 07:57 PM
We will be fighting the credit card company on the gift card. We bought it right from the owner and she didn't say a word - how embarassing to our recipient!
Summer January 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
This same thing happened to the once 'BOGARTS' in ole' Tinley Park. They sold many, many giftcards, then closed and the new owner was unaware of what BOGARTS did and thus lost their business in less than a year! Be careful who you buy gift cards from these days.... you never know if they will be there tomorrow! It happened to me and my husband. My boss gave us a gift card from Bogarts, but then they closed and then we tried to pay our bill from the owner of Casablanca steak house (next owner) and she said NO to taking the gift card and we had to pay the full bill. And that was a couple of years ago! Times are tough, people will take $ any way they can get it. I feel for the owners of Casablanca - they were the major loosers! BOGARTS is even gone in Homewood now!
L April 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Outriggers sold me a gift card a week before they closed. I want my money back since my friend was unable to use it. Suggestions on how to do this please! Ridiculous!
Karen April 23, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Get in line with all the people who had Sharper Image gift cards.

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