OMG: Olive Mediterranean Grill returning to downtown Evanston

OMG: Olive Mediterranean Grill returning to downtown Evanston

The Olive Mediterranean Grill at 1001 W. North Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Credit score: Olive Mediterranean Grill

In late December or early January, a brand new restaurant will open in Evanston, bearing an outdated acquainted identify: Olive Mediterranean Grill.

The native counter-service chain is transferring into the previous Taco Bell spot at 1743 Sherman Ave. The area is barely smaller than Olive’s earlier Evanston location, which was simply throughout the road at 1726 Sherman. That restaurant closed in 2020 after nearly seven years, and the area is now occupied by Tomo Japanese Avenue Meals.

Chain co-owner Pekin Bayramli mentioned Evanston’s unique Olive restaurant and the corporate’s first location at Clark and Lake streets in Chicago needed to shut due to the pandemic.

His accomplice Faisal Ghani, a self-proclaimed exercise addict, based the OMG chain in 2010 as a result of he discovered himself trying to find wholesome, scrumptious, inexpensive meals after going to the fitness center in Chicago. He launched Olive Mediterranean Grill to fill that gap with shawarma, pita sandwiches, soups and salads.

Bayramli began as common supervisor on the Clark and Lake eatery. On the chain’s first location, Ghani deliberately selected a meals courtroom with a number of greasy fast-food choices in order that clients could be drawn to Olive’s more healthy alternate options, Bayramli mentioned.

“All people mentioned, ‘You guys are going to final a month in right here.’ After which we have been the busiest one,” Bayramli mentioned. “Our traces have been ridiculous.”

The primary location of Olive Mediterranean Grill was in a meals courtroom at Clark and Lake streets in downtown Chicago. Credit score: Olive Mediterranean Grill

Although that unique meals courtroom location has closed, Bayramli mentioned its efficiency funded Olive’s present Lincoln Park restaurant, which opened in 2012. He mentioned that in flip, that location’s success has contributed to launching two extra eating places over the following two months – one on Taylor Avenue in Chicago’s Little Italy, and the opposite right here in Evanston, which would be the chain’s fourth location.

“Evanston is sort of out of the way in which, technically, for us, however the truth that we love being there, that’s why we need to reopen,” Bayramli mentioned. “We love the group.” From the time it opened on Sherman in 2014, Olive usually catered occasions at Northwestern College and served lots of its college students on the restaurant.

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