An upscale Thai restaurant is taking over the former Casto's Italian restaurant at 16846 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. Restaurant co-owner Sam Chung is hoping for a late March opening.
"We are about 90 percent done with the remodeling," Chung said, adding an exterior sign went up last week.
"Construction has taken a lot longer than we expected," he said. "Part of the problem is that the Village of Tinley Park has thousands of projects going on, but only two or three inspectors. You schedule an inspection and they can't get to you for a couple of weeks."
Chung said Siam Marina's menu will consist of Thai cuisine and Vietnamese specialties created by his wife and partner executive chef, Tammy Pham, who grew up in Saigon. Other offerings will include Asian Fusion, seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes.
The exact opening date will depend on the weather and inspectors, he said. Information on the grand opening will be in the restaurant's monthly newsletter, its Facebook page and website at http://www.siammarina.com.
Bulldog Ale House
A new restaurant will try its luck in the Bluestone Commons shopping center at 2387 Joliet Highway in New Lenox, near U.S. 30.
Bulldog Ale House, which has locations in Carol Stream and Roselle, won approval for two liquor licenses -- one for the bar and the other for the outdoor patio.
The location has been the site of a couple of failed restaurant/bars. First it was Bluestone Bar & Grill, which had a lengthy running battle with neighbors over late-night noise and boisterous customers at closing time. That was followed by Prime Time, which got along with its neighbors, but closed after being open less than two years.
Bulldog Ale House will not be allowed to have live music or an outside bar. It will be open from 11 a.m.-1 am. daily and have a full-service bar, big screen televisions, pool tables, and several video games. It's expected to follow the other two locations and have a lengthy beer selection
The company expects to open later this year.
Career Education Corp. has closed all three of its Chicago-area Sanford-Brown College campuses in Tinley Park, Hillside and Skokie.
The campuses officially closed last month, though the company announced a year ago they would be shuttered as part of a massive restructuring that included closing 23 campuses nationwide and cutting 900 jobs.
Art a la Carte
Art a la Carte, a community-based art studio that caters to all ages, will open Thursday and have its grand opening jubilee from noon-8 p.m. Saturday at 11209 W. 159th St. in Orland Park's Berkot's Plaza.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m.
Art a la Carte offers a retail shop, painting and art parties, classes, special events and workshops that can be used to create art in a variety of styles. Supplies, instructions and guidance are provided.
For information, call owner Kathryn Almeda at 708-357-2787 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marathon gas station at 16836 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park has closed. The station's pumps are all covered and the lot has not been plowed in several weeks.
A company spokesman said stations are leased by private owners and he had no information about that location. For years, it was the site of a Clark gas station before being rebranded in May 2011.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun