Council OKs Davis Street restaurant plan

Some popular restaurants moved closer to opening when Evanston City Council members approved zoning relief for a developer seeking to build a two story building on the site of the former Tom Thumb Hobby & Crafts store, 1026 Davis St.

On July 28, aldermen OK’d restaurant owner Dan Kelch’s request for relief from a rear yard setback and a 31-parking space requirement in the building he is seeking to build.

Kelch’s plans call to construct a two-story building with approximately 19,980 square feet of commercial space. The first floor will feature two full-service restaurants, Lulu’s Asian Fusion and Taco Diablo, which had previously built up popular followings.

To provide parking, the owners said they would explore the use of parking lots in the area. In addition, most employees of the restaurants are expected to either use public transportation or walk, they said.

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