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Woodfire Chicken Closes Doors

Long time Deerfield restaurant ends long run on Lake Cook Road.

, a long time Deerfield restaurant of more than 25 years, closed its doors Thursday.

Though a sign on the door reads, “Closed for remodeling, reopening soon,” the business is no longer in operation, according to Deerfield Code Enforcement Supervisor Clint Case.

Case received a call from the fire marshal Thursday informing him equipment was being disconnected from the building. The removal triggered an automatic signal to the fire department.

“I said I would go down there and check it out,” Case said. “When I got there they were removing the equipment.”

Neither Woodfire Chicken partner Andelo Cardaras nor building owner Charles Ifergan returned calls to Patch for a comment.

Bringin' Down Briarwood April 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Geez. Another one? I hope the town is paying attention to the number of businesses that are DYING in this area. Time to start acting. I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to a plan. BTW, medical offices don't bring tax revenue or consumers to the town.
Carlos Pero April 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Businesses are dying everywhere, not just Deerfield. It's still the economy. Let's not overlook restaurants that have recently opened too...Tom & Eddie's, Rosebud, Biaggi's. I wonder if this is the whole story? I'm presuming it's possible that removing equipment could be part of a renovation effort.
Bringin' Down Briarwood April 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Tom and Eddie's ... an HUGE example of the lack of creativity that doesn't draw people to Deerfield. And what Deerfield really needs is two more Italian restaurants. Let's get a couple more. Sorry, I don't buy the businesses are dying everywhere excuse. Obviously they are. But this is the end of the recession, not two years ago. If losing three restaurants in the span of four months and a large retail space (on top of the east side of the street being a retail graveyard) doesn't wake someone up, there's a problem. But you make a good point. Maybe this is part of the renovation. I hope so.
RB April 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I would guess that more than the economy, it had to do with the rebuilding of Lake Cook Road and the prospects that 2013 will be even worse with the work moving to Lake Cook and Waukegan roads. They may have been smart to cut their costs now.
Harry Steindler April 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The effect of the Lake Cook construction has been tremendously bad and although the timing may have made sense because of the availability of funds, the timing couldn't have been worse for area retailers. I wonder if some federal / state / village funds could have been set aside somehow to compensate businesses for lost revenue - probably naive of me to think that, but who knows. The effect had to be brutal especially for places like restaurants where there's always another alternative. I wonder how much the traffic issues could have been mitigated if the roads through Coromandel were open from downtown Deerfield to Kates Road.
RB April 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
That's a good idea to help with construction season. I never understood how at one time the roadway was going through that development and then all of a sudden it didn't go through. How'd that happen? I agree about the timing, the economy and then construction on top of it is terrible for a small business, and it's not over.
barry April 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Hey....the upside is that now we might get lucky and have that space turned into a nice brand spankin' new CHASE BANK....or maybe we could hit the jack pot with....an Italian restaurant! By the way ....could someone tell me how much sales tax does a bank remit back into the community, anyway? I'm Just asking.....
Lauren Gross April 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Another one bites the Deerfield dust... Is it some kind of Lake Cook Road curse that not one restaurant along this road can survive. Applebees, Chilis, Macaroni Grill, long time ago Ed Debevics, Whats Cooking, the list goes on but the fact is the economy is not the reason. The residents want fresh new healthy eateries and people are moving out of Deerfield or they will end up spending their life savings on outrageous taxes; no money left for dining out.
Karen Schwalb Ross April 04, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I always find myself driving down the street and trying to imagine which new business would be great in which empty space. We really need more breakfast places and places for children's birthday parties! Wonder! or Borders would be great for the latter.
Harry Steindler April 04, 2012 at 04:12 AM
We do have three pretty good breakfast spots - Egg Shell, Kevin's Place and Rhapsody - all nice people, great atmosphere and good food.
David Greenberg April 04, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Most of those restaurants suffer from the setback that they have from Lake Cook Road - when you're going 40MPH on that road, the last thing you're doing is looking at the sides of the road to see what restaurant is set back 75'. The Macaroni Grill - had a somewhat better location, but the food and service was terrible. Woodfire Chicken was pretty tasty, but getting there was a nightmare. If I remember correctly, Waukegan/Lk Cook Road is one of the busiest intersections in the State. Add in the construction to the mix and it's a recipe for death of a business. Location^3 :-) Woodfire isn't the first restaurant to go under in that location - if memory serves, it was a JoJo's looooooong ago.
Mike Wagner April 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Rumer has it that woodfire chicken is opening in wheeling. Good for them Deerfield will be a ghost town soon with 75% empty stores and growing.
Nina April 14, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'll miss Woodfire, it was great to pick up after work, relatively healthy chicken, and reasonably price. The hep was sO nice. I'll miss them.
Bringin' Down Briarwood April 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Man, that's a f-ing shame if it's true. I'm not saying I blame them. But, for me, it speaks volumes to the true issues here. Please keep us updated if you hear anything else. Time to put some pressure on the village. This situation blows, but it's such a mess that's it's kind of nice to start with such a blank canvas.
Jane dee April 22, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I liked their ribs alot even better than Carson's will miss them I hope that rumor is true about moving to wheeling !!
Jon Hall December 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
REMOVE THE UGLY REMAINS OF THE SIGN!
Jon Hall December 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Obviously, the Deerfield restaurant environment is devoid of a wide appeal to taste buds. There's just too few people here without a sense of taste to adequately support a plethora of establishments which serve food with little imagination, less seasoning, and smaller portions. Kevin's wants to call his pace a diner. He has no clue. Venture out East dude, and visit a few diners. Deerfield's is probably our finest food/dining establishment...tasty, attractive, and not particularly overpriced. It draws outsiders to town.

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