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Fine Dining Headed for Homewood

The old Bakers Square building has been bought with plans to transform the location into 'The Cottage on Dixie,' a fine dining restaurant.

Village President Richard Hofeld surprised everyone at the end of Tuesday night's board meeting by announcing the purchase of the old Bakers Square building in Homewood's Southgate area on Dixie Highway.

According to Hofeld, the new owners of the location (who currently wish to remain anonymous) plan to transform the spot into a fine dining restaurant named The Cottage on Dixie.

A mission statement is included in the concept drawings:

To provide a welcoming environment for gourmet dining in the South Suburbs. A place where customers and employees will be treated with courtesy and respect and a menu that offers customers ever-changing food offerings traveling the corners of the world. This establishment will strive to be environmentally responsible and to purchase organic and locally grown foods whenever possible.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Looks pretty snazzy to me.
Linda T March 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM
This sounds fantastic! Local, organic food! This area 'needs' a restaurant like this - yay!
Karen Kurowski McHugh March 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM
One less empty business in Homewood! This is outstanding! I don't care if it's Bogey ans Bacall or Abbott and Costello...I wish them the best, congratulate them on their new venture and look forward to trying it out! Yeah! Now if only something would go in where that eyesoar old Hollywood video was. I am so tired of that big blacked out sign and unclaimed return box!
Anita March 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Just hope it won't be an Oriental Fine dining restaurant. Homewood seems to get one of something and then put another similar business across the street from it. Then the next year one on the next block. Let's hope it is something unique that compliments but does not directed mirror another existing Homewood business.
Laurie Klupchak March 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Just remarking the other day what an eyesore that Baker Square building is. This is great news for Homewood!
James March 28, 2012 at 02:35 PM
@James Tiernan: Kim Jong-un, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Barbara Smith Gross March 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
When I lived in Boston, one area of local businesses pooled resources and provided music Thursday-Saturday nights outdoors. A low traffic area was closed off, a fountain and floral amenties brought in, and the businesses all generated income and provided a communal feeling. The fact that vehicular traffic was reduced was offset by the foot traffic: everyone wanted to be part of the new collective. This vision was supported by the small business communities with the assistance of the city.
ridgeroadmike March 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
""Wishing to remain anonymous" these days is wrong on so many levels." Why? Because they don't want to present themselves until the time is right? Maybe there are legal reasons to remain in the background for now. We don't know why they wish to remain anonymous but I can certainly understand it. Already you are making a joke of it. Who wouldn't want to wait until everything is settled?
ridgeroadmike March 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I'd rather they didn't, actually. If I go for dinner, I go for dinner. If I go to a concert, I'll go to a concert. If I want to sit down to a nice, quiet meal in a nice restaurant, I don't want to be assaulted by a show. I've had too many meals ruined at Glenwood Oaks because the music is so loud that I can't even have a conversation with people sitting at the same table that I am.
Juvenal March 28, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Any relation to the old "Cottage" restaurant in Calumet City? That was probably the last true fine dining locale in the South Suburbs.....
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Not that I'm aware of but I'll certainly ask about it.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Just received some additional concept art for the inside of the restaurant. I'm uploading it now.
SHUSSBAR March 29, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Same as Ridgeroadmike. If it's a restaurant, let is be a restaurant and only a restaurant. Let the food in your plate, the wine in your glass and friends at your table be the entertainement rather than music or comedy. Always good to have new businesses in the area. Now, let s wait and see what it will be exactly. When is it supposed to open?
frank glio March 29, 2012 at 09:34 PM
who is it the mortgage fraud genious from egg and i.....mr garofalo and is partner mr benziquen?????
frank glio March 30, 2012 at 04:35 AM
big deal you know to make a million dollars in the restaurant business..? START WITH 2 MILLION
SHUSSBAR March 30, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Why was my comment deleted? It was a reply to someone hoping to see entertainement in this new restaurant. His message is gobe as well.
SRJ April 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
This is GREAT news!
mike cassidy April 02, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Good news! I look forward to visiting the new place!
Flossmoor gal April 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Anyone old enough to remember The Cottage on Torrence Avenue in Cal City will remember what a wonderful "special occasion" place it was! If these owners are in any way related, that would be great news because that restaurant was wonderful! I kind of hope this new place is a little less "special occasion" so that people dine there frequently. But let's all support whatever restaurant opens on that site! Shop/dine local!
Megan Kresach June 04, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Are they taking applications?

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