Hubbuch's Oak Park Business Report

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By John Hubbuch

So I needed to get some cash yesterday. My bank is Northern Trust and their closest ATM's are downtown and Oak Brook, so I have to pay a sevice fee. I can report that Chase now charges 5 bucks to get money up from 3 dollars. Quite a jump--- a 67% increase. Ridiculous.I'm not paying.  I may need to get a new bank.                                

That little Minou Restaurant on Marion looks like it closed. Now I never went in there even though I walked past it hundreds of times. There was always an older Oriental woman sittng alone . I'm not sure I ever saw a customer. I speculated that there was an opium den in back. Now I guess I'll never know. Too bad.                                        

The fireplace store on Madison is shuttered. A posted notice references Sherriff Tom Dart is on the case for back taxes. The store itself looks completely operational except it is closed. I hope it re-opens. That this place and Minou are apparently finished is a reminder that the failure of our economy had had and will continue to have bad consequences. I guess we are witnessing the results of "the creative destruction of capitalism." It's a sad sight.

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Susan Swatek from Lviv, Ukraine  

Posted: March 18th, 2011 6:58 AM

The two entities you mentioned as seemingly closed are not the result of sour economic times. You really should have checked out these places as I did. How they stayed open this long, dunno. It was their time. We all have our time.


Posted: March 14th, 2011 8:31 AM

It has to be hard for cafes when there are coffee places every 50 yards or so downtown. But there are silver linings: this is the Golden Age for dogs. The former grocery store on Chicago Avenue is now a doggie day-care operation. Dog-focused businesses - along with bankruptcy legal aid - are booming.

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