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New Homewood Crematorium and Twisted Q BBQ Opening: Business Comings and Goings

A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits.

Twisted Q BBQ and Bakery Opens Today

After much anticipation, Twisted Q is officially scheduled to open its doors today. This new concept restaurant is housed at the location of the former . Barbecue fans may recognize this as the follow-up to Twisted Q in Steger.

Ford to Invest Millions, Create More Jobs

Ford Motor Co. plans to invest up to $200 million to expand its Chicago Assembly Plant and Chicago Heights Stamping Plant and add upwards of 1,200 jobs between the two plants.

Gov. Pat Quinn last week said the automaker will add a third shift at the Assembly Plant in Chicago’s Hegewisch community, which makes the Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Explorer. The investment will allow the plant to produce new sedan and SUV police interceptors.

Ford will invest $117 million at the Assembly Plant and $86 million to upgrade the stamping plant, which makes body panels.

Currie Motors Option Extended

Currie Motors, which wants to move its car dealership from Olympia Fields to Chicago Heights, has been granted another extension of an option to buy city-owned land at 20937 Western Ave. The city entered into an option-to-purchase agreement with Currie in October 2009 for the land, which was the site of South Oak Dodge.

The hang up has been Currie’s inability to finalize a deal for the Olympia Fields site.

The City Council voted 5-0 to extend the option until the Nov. 21 City Council meeting. Chicago Heights is expected to receive $332,000 for the sale of its six acres of land.

Crematorium OK’d for Homewood

Homewood has approved a special-use permit that will allow the Cremation Society of Illinois to build a crematorium at 17859 Bretz Drive. The society operates two other crematoriums in Romeoville and Rockford.

Annual Legislative Breakfast

The Southland Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 28, from 8-10 a.m. at The Horton Group, 10320 Orland Parkway in Orland Park. For information, call 708-957-6950 or visit their website.

Season of the Witch

Remember when Halloween was all about candy and carving pumpkins? Those days are long gone and Halloween is now the second biggest retail season behind Christmas and a Halloween City seasonal shop is now open at 4824 Lincoln Highway in nearby Matteson.

Job Training

Cook County Works is proving $15 million to community groups to provide employment and training services in South and West Cook County, and is turning over operation of Illinois Employment Training Centers to local agencies.

Local agencies that will receive funds include Prairie State College, South Suburban College and Moraine Valley Community College, Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, Bloom High School, Calumet Area Industrial Commission, National ABLE and Maximus Inc.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.

Back in Illinois October 24, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Here is my review of Twisted Q. Food gets a B. Front of house/ordering/customer service gets an F! Took over 1o minutes to figure out how to order and over 30 minutes for food to come after I asked about its status. Will think about trying it again and hope they get issues resolved. Many customers were frustrated like us. Staff more interested in talking with friends they knew. Did they try a soft opening to work out kinks, probably not and should have. With service like today's will be closed in 6 months!
Gogigi October 24, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I've ordered baby back ribs for carry out -they were delicious and the service was great! Great opening day experience!
JP October 24, 2011 at 07:56 PM
i think i will believe the comment from "Back in Illinois" -- Twisted Q -- You better get it together!
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 24, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Let's keep in mind that it's opening day! I've worked in the food industry for about 7 and I don't think I've ever witnessed a flawless opening (and that's putting it lightly). I'm planning on swinging by a little bit later. I'll let you know how things are going. Oh, also—what did you order?
Back in Illinois October 24, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Ryan, I had the brisket sandwich and my wife had the cheeseburger. We ended up having it to go. Lunch is probably going to be Twisted Q's busiest time and they really blew it today in my mind. I have also worked in the food industry for about 12 years. The cash register crashed many times and the employees did not what to do. There is no signage or directions from staff on if you should order at the counter or just be seated. The front of the house is really struggling. Maybe they should waited a couple more days to open to train the staff? Afterall we have waited long enough for them to open.
Back in Illinois October 24, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Ryan, The brisket sandwich was very good and I do not know about the cheeseburger since my wife had to eat it in her car on the way back to work.
SouthSide October 24, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Aren't their air quality regulations (regarding the crematorium)? It's awfully close to residential areas!
Gottschalk Ave October 24, 2011 at 09:55 PM
People who condemn a new food service facility for transgressions such as slow service and confusion on their first day of business are not going to be pleased by anyone. Then again, people who follow the advice of those commenting on these pages are nearly as laughable. And yet, we continue to post. Ahhh, that felt better. The food at Twisted Q was absolutely out of this world and while there was a wait, I thought it was very tolerable and largely mitigated by the friendly staff and excellent food. I will be back again very soon.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I believe crematoriums are bound by state air quality regulations. Interestingly enough, there is a similar, recent story that was posted in the Baltimore Sun: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-07-16/news/bs-md-ar-crematorium-20110716_1_crematorium-millersville-facility-plans
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 24, 2011 at 11:44 PM
OK, (The place was packed, by the way) I ordered the brisket platter with mac and cheese and potato salad. Back in Illinois, I agree that the front of house was pretty chaotic—but I'm definitely taking it with a grain of salt. I think control will start setting in pretty quickly, especially with a minor addition of something along the lines of a "ORDER HERE" and "PICK-UP HERE" sign. The food was very good. The brisket was tender, savory and a little smoky. It worked well with the tangy and sweet BBQ sauce. The sides were pretty good as well. I think my biggest disappointment was that I was hoping to see some interesting integrations among the BBQ and bakery facets. I was especially hoping to see some bacon-topped donuts, but no dice. Maybe that will be on the horizon.
Back in Illinois October 25, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Final comments. My wife loved her cheeseburger. I am sure we will revisit sometime soon since we really love BBQ and want to support our local eateries. I agree with Ryan in that some signage is needed and better information on how they operate. Many people asked the staff what to do to order. Gottschalk - my main concern is that this is the second location of Twisted Q and they should know what is needed to run a restaurant. The atmosphere and service showed me today that all they wanted to do was open up. I have not been to the original in Steger and maybe I need to make a visit to see how that one is run.
Katie October 25, 2011 at 02:39 PM
the location is Steger is set up completely different, mainly carry out. I thought the food at Twisted Q was fantastic, and well worth my patience and they work out their kinks in service. Patience, people. It's food, and I promise you won't die from starvation.
BN November 05, 2011 at 02:26 AM
I have been to Twisted Q twice now. Both times i got the Dixie Brisket Sandwich. My husband and I agree, this is quite possibly the best sandwich ever. Everything about it is fantastic. The taste of the sauce, then tenderness of the brisket, and the freshness of the bun. The fries were great too. And we're so happy that they kept the bakery portion of the business! Our new favorite spot!

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