- Aug 21, 2015
Some new faces have recently joined the Northbrook business landscape.
The expression “when one door closes, another opens” perfectly describes how Angelo Panagos became the new owner of Georgie V’s in downtown Northbrook. Earlier this summer when Angelo’s friend George Vlahakis, Georgie V’s long-standing restaurant owner announced his retirement, Angelo leapt at the opportunity to become the new owner. Originally from Greece, Panagos previously owned gelato and espresso bars in Athens. Since he and his wife Dina relocated to their home in Glenview three years ago, Angelo has been managing Greek Islands in Lombard and waiting for the right opportunity to own his own place. “We had been looking for a restaurant with great food, great service and a great reputation,” he notes. “Georgie V’s fit the bill in all respects.” A Park Ridge fifth grade school teacher, Dina also lends a hand when available. Both insist the menu will remain unchanged with its classic breakfast and lunch selections. However, a chef himself, Angelo can’t wait to re-introduce some of his original recipes including homemade gelato, espresso and cappuccino freddo. The restaurant is now a family affair, including daughter Georgia who feels a special connection to the name.
Customers stopping in Northbrook’s downtown Hallmark store may have noticed a flurry of activity this summer. Previously known as Shelly’s Hallmark, the store was recently bought by George and Evelin Antar who renamed it Eve’s Hallmark. The couple have been re-stocking shelves, putting up new displays, and getting to know many of their customers. “We were always interested in owning a Hallmark store and felt that Northbrook offered a prime location,” explains George. “The clientele feels like home — very warm and welcoming.” The pair, who live in Morton Grove are excited to be working as a team, getting involved and putting their own stamp on the store. They are preparing for a remodeling project early next year to coincide with Hallmark’s rebranding campaign. They hope to expand on the printing options at the store for wedding and party invitations. They also envision a “family floor” where children would be welcome as parents and family members shop or select invitations. The couple hopes to create an atmosphere of fun, yet calming place to shop.
Agave Anejo Mexican Grill
Featuring dishes that reflect the heritage of Mexico along with the finest selection of tequilas, Northbrook’s newest downtown restaurant offers a fun, high end setting for the lunch, dinner and after dinner crowd. Owner Gus Medrano comments “I looked for the right spot for over a year and a half and had almost given up. It just clicked immediately when I walked into the space.” Changes made to the former My Pie restaurant include a complete redesign of the entry, new seating, lighting and contemporary decor. Gus explains that “Agave” stands for tequila which only comes from one of five regions of Mexico, and “Anejo” means premium or aged. Gus plans to bring many of the spices and flavorings from his childhood, influenced by his grandmother’s cooking in Mexico as well. Some of the dishes include ceviche made with tilapia and scallops, half a pineapple stuffed with seafood, and grilled salmon topped in a tequila agave salsa. A full bar features hand selected wines from Chile, Argentina and Spain. A lunch menu is available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Dinner from 4:00 p.m. to10:00 p.m. A small bar menu will be offered for the night crowd along with music until 1:00 a.m.