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George’s What's Cooking Closes Sunday

Deerfield restaurant fixture for 13 years becomes victim of recession.

, a Deerfield restaurant fixture for 13 years on Waukegan Road, will close Sunday because of the recession that began four years ago, according to owner George Christakis.

“I was unable to fulfill the American dream,” Christakis said. “We were one of the recession’s casualties.”

Christakis and his wife, Vicki, who works with him at the restaurant, will take some time to decide their next move and are grateful for the relationships they have developed with their customers over the years.

“I have to put my thoughts together,” Christakis said. “This is the only business I know. We’ll lay low for a while. We want to thank all our customers and followers.”

Josie Cahill, a waitress since George’s opened, has a new job lined up at the Continental in Buffalo Grove. “It’s the end of an era,” she said of the eatery’s last day Sunday.

A part time hostess and waitress who arrived six months after the restaurant opened, Patti Lemus, will be looking for a new part time opportunity. She has a full time job. “I have to have something to fill my hours,” she said.

John Smith April 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Nice people. Lousy food.
DS May 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I could talk about how delicious the food was at both Whats Cooking restaurants, but that's not the point I am trying to make. The point is more about what was printed on George's menu. He considered his customers much more than that and showed it in every way. George is the nicest, kindest, and most cordial person that anyone could know. I remember going to Whats Cooking, in the Lincoln Village Shopping Center next to the Fannie Mae, with my family over 40 years ago when I was only a few years old. My parents are now gone and my siblings live in Miami, but I still cherish the memories that we had because of George and his kindness. One Easter my mother did not have any eggs to color. As it was a family tradition, she was very sad. As soon as George found out, he came out of the kitchen with a big brown bag filled with dozens of eggs. This is the way George is. As I sit here a day before Mothers Day, I remember all of the good memories from the past.
DS May 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM
. I remember my mother's best friend Pina who passed away recently, she worked for George for 30 years. I remember the parties in the little room in the basement. I remember when George came to my uncle's funeral. I remember the lightly scrambled egg sandwiches that my mom insisted I get her only from Whats Cooking. George, thanks for a lifetime of memories and I hope and pray that you and your family could have some of the same happiness that you bestowed upon so many other people's families. I wish you and your family nothing but success in any project that you partake in the future. If I should hear that you have opened a new restaurant, I promise that I will come more often, even if I do have to travel 30 miles to and fro to get there! "Big Dave"
Leah June 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
So sad to hear this. I have so many great memories at What's Cooking! It was always the first place I went when returning to the North Shore, sometimes straight from the airport. The food was delicious, but the real reason we went so often was the amazing people who worked there. George was always so friendly and kind to us, and when you went there you just felt right at home. Good luck to George and family--and if you open a new restaurant, I'll be first in line! Thank you for years of great food and memories
jose November 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
My name is Jose I work for George and Vicky since they open the restaurant. Also my two sons and my wife work for george and Vicky for a really long period we are really sad that they closed the restaurant. Its really sad to know that Georges what's cooking is gone but it was a really big and honorable pleasure to work with them and be part of the team.

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