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DC Sarnies Closes Feb. 8

Deerfield restaurant cites insufficient demand for its type of eatery.

DC Sarnies in Deerfield will close Feb.  8.
DC Sarnies in Deerfield will close Feb. 8.

DC Sarnies will close its doors Feb. 8 because it does not believe there is enough demand for its kind of restaurant, according to a statement on the establishment’s website.

Owned by Highland Baking Company, the restaurant was originally opened as a testing ground for the bakery’s innovations and to bring what it termed a different type of restaurant to Deerfield.

“Unfortunately, the needs of our bakery customers have changed over the last three years, dictating we test our products in different ways than originally envisioned,” the company wrote on its website.

Nearly two years ago, DC Sarnies’ hamburger was voted the Village’s best and it is currently in second place in Patch’s Best of Deerfield competition which ends at midnight Sunday. Golfer Jim Furyk dined there the night before shooting a record 59 at the BMW Tournament in Lake Forest.

The company did not feel it could sustain the restaurant without the bakery testing component. “Try as we might, we have found there is just not enough demand for this type of restaurant in this area at this time,” the company wrote on the website.

DC Sarnies did survive two summers of Lake Cook Road construction.

RB January 23, 2014 at 09:20 PM
Another one bites the dust. This Village can't keep retail or restaurants..between the road construction that lasted over 2 years, a condo board type Village Government and an entitled canasta playing population....it's pretty near impossible here.
Enrique H. January 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Took the words right outta my mouth, RB. Didn't help that Sarnie's was stuck out in the middle of a Home Depot parking lot, either, with little-to-no sight-lines from Lake Cook Road. At least Furyk was able to find the place. Sarnie's will be missed--their chorizo burger was fantastic. It was like a small patch of green grass in the middle of an arid desert: without support, it dried up and died. Wonder when the Bozos running this village will get their heads out of their butts and actually work on developing areas. That enormous zone by the Depot parking lot can be a nice little place. Nepotism and incompetence rule the day, it seems. In 6 months' time, we'll see a dry cleaners, bicycle store, or Italian restaurant take its place. Let us hope our Grand Visionaries of a Better Deerfield don't plan on simultaneously shutting down all East/West bound traffic on 3 major roadways in the near future, because it helps being able to drive down Lake Cook Road, Deerfield Road, and/or Half Day Road (technically Bannockburn) to get to these businesses. Meanwhile, I am reading stories of how gigantic and incredible the shiny new Northbrook Mariano's will be. Google it! Good for them! I spend my weekends in Northbrook, Vernon Hills, and Lincolnshire, anyway. I've bought enough spaghetti, bicycle pumps, and books in Deerfield already.
Deerfield Mom January 24, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Yet another one. I didn't even know Deerfield had a Sarnie's. Not being very handy, my husband is the one to go to Hope opps Home Depot
Charlie Scott January 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Here is just a few of the restaurants that have closed in Deerfield since I've lived here: Phil Johnson's, Golden Bear, Red Balloon, Applebee's Chili's, What's Cooking, Ed Debevic's, Shaw's Crab House, Borders, Baker's Square, Woodfire, Stoney River, Ermando's, Old Country Buffet, Red Star, Perkins... and, others I can't remember that used to be in places now occupied by Carson's Ribs and Kevin's Place. Who did I miss?
Stephanie Brent January 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Deerfield has a very low population compared to the adjoining towns. I don't think most people think of Deerfield as a destination for dining so the village population matters. We need a unique business that would draw a crowd and not the shop-and-run folks who come to Whole Foods.
TT January 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM
What you need is Portillos.
Mark Goldstick January 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM
This is really Too bad - great food and service and their bakery goods (bread and rolls) were by far the best in the area and they actually were open past 8:00 to get a moderately late night meal - Another quality business that Deerfield could not hang on to -
Walter White January 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Mediocre.
Meshephelous January 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM
I feel like a dick for not patronizing Sarnies as much as I should have. Food was great. Best calamari ever. Amazing burgers... I will have to go there a few times before it closes.
M. Davis January 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM
RE: Walter White All I ever see are negative comments posted under your name. Why do seem so angry and upset all the time?
Stu Pidasso January 24, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Yes, he does seem angry at the world, who knows why!! He is not the only one who may think they received a raw deal in life!! It could ALWAYS be much worse... If he put some lead in his head, he might feel better :)
McCloud January 24, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Ouch, you may want to walk that one back, Walter does not deserve that one.
Stu Pidasso January 24, 2014 at 02:02 PM
If he is the retired teacher that fixes old bicycles and donates them to charity, then I will take that back!! If not, it is only my opinion..
Walter White January 24, 2014 at 02:32 PM
LOL McCloud, you're my guy.
McCloud January 24, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Sounds like you guys go way back. What happened man!
Walter White January 24, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Don't know him but he sounds very troubled.
Bringin' Down Briarwood January 24, 2014 at 05:50 PM
+1 for Stephanie. The problems soooooo go beyond a business or two. I hope someone soon takes a couple steps back and starts thinking about village planning on a wholistic basis. Deerfield's issues aren't going to get solved with one or two businesses. It's going to take several years and many good choices. Please, please, please, if you're out there with strong experience in the village, and considering running for mayor, please do it!!! We need options - not the same ol', same ol'.
Enrique H. January 24, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Deerfield's population isn't *that* low compared to our successful, fun, neighbors that have happening commercial districts with good restaurants and small businesses. V. Hills is at 20,000, Lincolnshire is 7,000, Northbrook is 33,000, and Lake Forest is 19,000. Deerfield is at 18,000. Problems are bigger than population!
Enrique H. January 24, 2014 at 07:47 PM
What are some restaurants that thrive in our fine Village? It's hard to tell. McDonalds and Panera seem to do very well. Chipotle is always busy. The fast-casual vibe seems to fit our town pretty well. I wish we had an actual concentrated area of a few blocks that had decent things to eat and buy. And a movie theater. All within site lines of the street so people knew of their existence. Anyone else notice that the small liquor store on Waukegan road finally has a bit of a window-front with a small neon sign? It's been up for a few months now. Pretty cool and now people that drive by know we have a liquor store. I wonder how much balking there was when the owners took down the brown tarp covering that window and unveiled an actual store-front. Maybe some of the issues deal with village ordinances that aren't conducive to businesses? I don't know. I am a lowly citizen.

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