Comings & Goings: Tinley Pizza Parlor and Liquor Store Both Close
Farmers Markets in Orland Park and Tinley Park are back open for business this week, Marquette Bank starts its annual food drive and other business news.
Ameera’s Pizzaria closed on Friday at 15911 S. 76th Avenue in Tinley Park.
A tipster said he saw employees hauling equipment out of there Friday morning.
The restaurant’s Facebook page doesn’t have anything to say on the closing, but the phone number has been disconnected and there’s a big “closed” sign on the front window.
The pizzeria opened in January 2011.
Tinley Liquors Appears Done
Family owned and operated Tinley Park Liquors looks to be out of business at 7032 W.183rd St.
The store’s website and Facebook page have not indicated anything is wrong at the business, but its phone number is no longer accepting calls and there has been a sign on the door for weeks indicating the store is “closed for inventory.”
There also is a message from April 27 on its Facebook page asking why the business is closed but without a comment from the owners.
Farmers Markets Return This Weekend
Tinley’s market runs from 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October in downtown Zabrocki Plaza at 173rd Street and Oak Park Avenue.
This year’s market will feature a jumphouse for kids starting at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, while face painting and craft projects will be available for the kids every Saturday until Sept. 1, said Becky Nichols, from Evon's Trophy and Gifts, chairman of the village's Farmer's Market Committee.
Mr. Photo Booth will be on hand on opening day for anyone who wants to have their photo taken, she said.
Vendor selections will include fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Orland’s market runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 5 in the Village Center parking lot at 14700 S. Ravinia Ave.
Vendors this year will be selling a variety of items including fresh produce, bakery items, jewelry, bread, gourmet mixes, household items, flowers, plants and garden accessories.
Garden Gallery Now Open
Burbank-based Garden Center Services, a not-for-profit agency that supports people with developmental disabilities, held its grand opening last week at its new Garden Gallery & Studio at 17459 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park.
The gallery is designed to help Garden Center clients express themselves through art, said Executive Director Gerry Beagles.
Artwork will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the artists and the gallery.
Beagles said the gallery was a long time coming but worth the wait. He said the studio will be open to community residents for art classes.
Clients of Garden Center Services have been using the studio for art classes since March.
For information, call 708-560-4400 or visit Garden Gallery.
Marquette Bank Holds 5th Annual Food Drive
Marquette Bank has launched its fifth annual Neighborhood Food Drive and is collecting donations at all 24 bank locations until June 23.
Food and monetary donations will be distributed to local food pantries and neighborhood food banks through the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“Last year, Marquette Bank donated over 62,500 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank,” said Executive Vice President Betty Kosky-Harn. “With the help of our employees, customers and neighbors, we look forward to making this year’s food drive a huge success.”
Donations of non-perishable food items can be placed in food barrels at any of the bank’s 24 locations. Employees also will be spending several days volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository sorting and packing donated food items.
Cheesecake Factory Eyes Orland Square Mall
California-based Cheesecake Factory, perhaps best known for employing Kaley Cuoco’s character Penny on the hit CBS comedy “Big Bang Theory,” plans to locate in Orland Square Mall later this year.
The plan calls for the Cheesecake Factory to move into the Jos. A Bank location and for the menswear retailer to move into the former Ruby Tuesday location. It would be the food chain’s first location in the Southland.
Lewis Students Raise Money for Hope Hospital
Lewis University’s WLRA Radio and College of Nursing and Health Professions undergraduate nursing students have raised $14,267 for the Lewis University Family Assistance Fund Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.
Orland Park students Daniel Long and Brett Lyons helped raise the money as DJs for WLRA during an on-air marathon.
The college has raised more than $79,000 for the hospital fund since it began a decade ago.
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