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Road Work Blamed for Woodfire Closing

Landlord describes owner’s frustrations.

was a contributing factor to the closing of , according to Charles Ifergan, the property’s landlord.

According to Ifergan, Woodfire partner Andelo Cardaras saw business slipping at the restaurant specializing in barbequing chicken and ribs over a wood fire. The decline was exasperated by last summer’s construction.

Ifergan was sympathetic to Cardaras’s plight but would only go so far to help the Deerfield institution survive.

“He said the Lake Cook Road construction was hurting his business,” Ifergan said. “He asked for lease concessions that were just unreasonable.”

Most construction on Lake Cook Road was because of how it damaged local businesses.

Though a sign on the door reads, “Closed for remodeling, reopening soon,” the business is no longer in operation, according to Deerfield Code Enforcement Supervisor Clint Case. The closing was further confirmed by Ifergan.

Case received a call from the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection District fire marshal Thursday informing him equipment was being disconnected from the building. The removal triggered an automatic signal to the fire department.

“I said I would go down there and check it out,” Case said. “When I got there they were removing the equipment.”

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Wang April 05, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Rumor alert: someone bought the space already and is reopening in 2 weeks with same concept. If they keep same suppliers and employees we should be set.
Wang April 08, 2012 at 02:23 AM
And for the record...the Portillos call is genius
David Greenberg April 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Deerbrook mall, is, and always has been a joke - even when the theaters were there. The installation of Northbrook Court only hastened it's demise. I don't think a decent restaurant has ever been in that mall - hot dog stand, the Old Country Buffet, some kind of italian place that was a bear to get to, and... forget it. Lots of other places to eat that are EASIER to get to. No one wants to deal with the traffic in that area when they're looking for food.... Location, location, location...
David Greenberg April 08, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Real Urban Barbeque in Highland Park (2nd street and Laurel - inside Port Clinton Square).
David Greenberg April 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
There's more than just sales tax to contribute. Property taxes, utility taxes. Banks also attract persons to the area to conduct transactions - some at least *some* percentage of persons in the area will conduct a transaction that creates some sales tax revenue. Let's also add in the fact that banks make mortgages and loans, which enable many people to purchase homes and vehicles (transfer taxes, more property taxes, and sales tax for vehicles).... Banks require services - maintenance and repair, and they purchase things incidental to the business, so they pay some sales tax on those items (some of which are local). They're not totally tax-inert entities by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone likes to pick on banks or service businesses because they supposedly "don't contribute" - but nothing could be further from the truth.

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