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Business Comings & Goings: El Cortez Closes in Orland Park

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

When El Cortez opened its newest restaurant on 191st Street in Mokena in December 2009, many customers wondered what would happen to its 171st Street and Wolf Road site in Orland Park.

The answer came recently when the chain closed the Orland eatery on June 26.

A manager at the Mokena store said, “There just wasn’t enough business to justify keeping it open.”

It’s not the first time the chain has closed a location. The original restaurant in Blue Island was shuttered years ago.

For now, fans can get their fill of enchiladas, fajitas and margaritas at the Mokena branch and the restaurant at 183rd Street and Cicero Avenue in Country Club Hills.

What’s in a name?

Cafe 24, which opened late last year in the former Connie’s Pizza at 16310 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park, has been renamed Round the Clock. Not to worry—That’s all that has changed at the restaurant that prides itself on good food served 24 hours a day. The owner changed the name to the same one he has on two popular restaurants he owns in northwest Indiana.

Gone For Good

Randy’s Market shut its doors Saturday at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park after 25 years. The supermarket is the latest victim of the village’s Mainstreet Triangle project. All Saints Lutheran Church Pastor Don Borling held a .

The Final Chapter

Borders has begun a liquidation sale at its Orland Park store at 15620 S. LaGrange Road. Everything must go, unless it is one of the 35 stores that may survive as a Book-A-Million store. The store will be closed by the end of September, if not sooner. Gift cards are being accepted until the end but Borders Bucks expire July 31.

Now Open

Massage Envy held its grand opening recently at 15159 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park. The spa is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is 708-675-1555.

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.

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