Clark Street from Touhy up to Howard has lost two legendary business owners these past few weeks.

arnold loeb

Arnold Loeb owned the Romanian – the famous kosher deli at 7200 North Clark servicing Chicago’s orthodox Jewish community, as well as folks from around the country. But one need not be an Orthodox Jew – or even a Jew – to enjoy the food and take in the wonderful and friendly atmosphere created by Mr. Loeb. Read the Sun Times column by Neal Steinberg.

The Romanian remains open (so long as you don’t go during Shabbat, which starts Friday, sundown), and is a place that all Rogers Park residents can enjoy a delicious deli and a memorable experience.

stevestavrosdoriasNearly all, longtime Rogers Park residents loved the energy, professionalism and charm exhibited by restauranteur Steve (Stavros) Dorizas, who owned the restaurant at 7537 North Clark – for many years, an outstanding fish restaurant known as “My Place For ?” and years later, after development of the Gateway Shopping Center, the “Gateway Bar and Grill.” Steve personally greeted all guests and placed great energy into seeing that everyone visiting his establishments received wonderful service, outstanding food, and a dose of his wonderful charm.

Steve succumbed on March 4, after a lengthy and valiant fight against cancer. Our heartfelt condolences to Steve’s adoring wife, Ana Moriatis, and his children. A memorial gathering will take place from 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, April 5 at the Sherwin Building, 1205 W. Sherwin Ave. Chicago IL 60626.