For some reason, I'm craving a White Castle
and so are the landmark preservationists
03/02/2011 1:30 PM
Ok, so let me get this straight. Chef Luciano (a great restaurant I have never been to and have been meaning to try for more than a decade) used to be at 49 E. Cermak.
But now, it's officially a bit west in an 80-year-old White Castle building (#16, to be exact) at 43 E. Cermak, which used to be Pollo al Carbon.
Chef Luciano owner Dave Gupta moved west into that building and restored it, making it look like a real White Castle. But there is a real White Castle--complete with all the little hamburgers you'd want in little cardboard boxes--right across the street at 2140 S. Wabash, right?
Got that? That's the story that architecture expert, historian and writer Lee Bey tells here in a lot more detail and with good pictures. The good news is that Chef Luciano has applied for landmark status for his new digs. Stay tuned. It's always touch and go in Chicago when it comes to appreciation for old, significant and sentimental buildings. No one can explain that better than Preservation Chicago, which lists here the seven most recently threatened historical buildings that may be annihilated in our (very) fair city.
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