New Concept To Replace Townhouse

Café Lucci owners promise a quality, non Italian restaurant to compare to their existing Glenview eatery.

A non Italian restaurant operated by the owners of Café Lucci in Glenview will replace  sometime in October, according to Café Lucci co-owner, Bobby Arifi.

“We’re still working out what the concept will be,” Arifi said. “We will have the same quality and service we have at Café Lucci.”

Arifi and his brother and co-owner, Augie Arifi, have reached a lease agreement with the property owner and have purchased the fixtures and equipment of the existing eatery from Townhouse owner Restaurants America.

The Arifi brothers may have been paying attention to some of Patch’s readers like Stephanie Janower. “Another Italian restaurant within a block radius,” she wrote. “With Italian kitchen, Biaggi, Il Forno and Rosebud already?”

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Roy Lipner August 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Unfortunately the owners don't get it. It wasn't concept that closed both restaurants, it was the quality of customer service. Boil it down to one word, abysmal!!!
NB August 01, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Everyone has different experiences. We always liked both Red Star and Townhouse and had pretty decent service and food at both. RA fell down with both concepts because they never promoted their restaurants and never tried to be part of the community. That, and the fact that getting into that shopping center and parking are usually difficult.
barry August 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Oh c'mon Folks.....ya can't have too many Italian restaurants......or mattress stores! And FYI....We bought a full size bed for my 14 year old after pricing all 3 Deer field stores..... And bought in Highland Park. (Hundreds less!)
barry August 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
.....last weekend.
Mark Myers August 01, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Abysmal, sounds like the nickname for most of the stores in Downtown Deerfield! What a train wreck this town has become, want something good at a competitive price, you wont find it here.
Steve August 01, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I'd prefer something casual and not ridiculously overpriced.... and hopefully, the new owners get rid of the upscale coal-mine motif.
Mark Bushey August 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
This town really does need a Mexican restaurant. The old On the Border has sat vacant for 6+ years. It's the perfect set up for a Mexican restaurant. Rumor was that a Portillo's was supposed to go in there a few years ago and the village vetoed that the day before Portillo's was going to purchase the building. I have no clue if that is true though. Just heard from multiple sources.
Mark Myers August 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Try to get some fried chicken with 5 miles of here, gotta go to little Red Hen in Glencoe!
Curious Resident August 01, 2012 at 09:54 PM
While we are on the subject that the place never looked open and the parking sucks even if you want to run into Starbucks...can we bring up the discussion that another place in Deerbrook Mall shut apparent today...Bally's which was sold to LA Fitness in January....ummmm....Deerfield Village Board what the f is going on?
NB August 01, 2012 at 11:10 PM
The owner of Deerbrook is probably not renewing leases while they get ready to "renovate" the center. The upside to this would be less locker thefts to report in the Police Blotter.
Peter Greenwald August 02, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I like Trax was there with a group tonight. The place is busy good food (new menu) Sat outside service was good. My company goes there a lot.
Jason Olson August 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
LA Fitness decided to close that location...had nothing to do with Deerfield. They also closed the Schaumburg LA Fitness across from Woodfield mall (meachum) the same day.
Ann Milstein August 02, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Who didn't know that modelling Deerfield's Downtown after Highland Parks wouldn't worK? Oh, did I call the intersection of Deerfield and Waukegan Rds. "Downtown" ? What about a restaurant that dosn't extract $50.00 for 2 for non-exceptional food? I miss the restaurants that have left for the grander plan. We still miss Bakers Square, What's Cooking, and the restaurant that occupied the space in the strip mall on corner of Deerfield and Waukegan before Deerfield's grand plan to recreate something that worked.


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