Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bridgeport's Ramova Grill to close after 82 years - Served tens of thousands of Chicago cops great meals during the last 80 years


The Southside Ramova Grill was what the Buzy Bee Resaurant was to the Northside in regards to cop eating places....


It's on top of so many "Best Chili in Chicago" lists, but after 82 years of business, Bridgeport's Ramova Grill will be closing its doors on May 27th 2012.

I first visited the restaurant while hosting "metromix on CLTV," where it made our "Best Chili" list. I was instantly charmed by the friendly staff. Walking into the spot is like walking back in time, not much has changed over the decades.

You'll see many of the same faces if you come back, both behind the counter and in the dining room. Co-owner Tony Dinos has been working in the restaurant since 1960. He told us that a new building owner wants the space cleared, and seeing that he's been working there for 52 years, it was time to hang up the apron.

Customers were emotional, remembering the first time their fathers walked them into the diner for a burger and fries after catching a show at the now-shuttered Ramova Theatre. All said they'll be visiting as many times as they can before they close next month.

I highly recommend trying the chili and checking the place out before they shut down on May 27th. As one customer told me today, there aren't many old-school diners like it left.

My WGN News feature is scheduled to air this evening at 5 p.m. I'll post it here after it airs. Here's more information about Ramova....

Ramova Grill 3510 S. Halsted 773-847-9058 RamovaGrill.com

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Clavis is heart broken. The Clavis dined there many times. poor Clavis!

I Voted For Obama said...

Obama liked their chili.

Anonymous said...

I know it's belated, but just want to give a shout out to Fr Phlamer and congatulate him on the death of his son (sic).

Thi King of All Crackers said...

I will only miss this place as a touchstone in my life. I went there with my dad and heard the karate and judo classes going on as we ate hot dogs and chili. The food was ok at the Ramova Grill. I loved going to David's at the southwest corner of Halsted and 31st Street when I was a kid and getting one of their ice cream creations. Healthy Foods Lithuanian Restuarant also closed within the last two or three years pretty soon all the old places will be closed up. Bridgeport will most likely get the usual chain places like Subway, Chilpote. Panera and the rest.

Anonymous said...

DIDNT THE OWNER OF THAT PLACE YRS AGO GET CAUGHT USING HUMAN REMAINS FROM THE MORGUE IN HIS SPECIAL CHILI MIX, JUST ASKING.

Anonymous said...

i beleive i was molested in the rest room there as a youngster, sorry to see it gone,

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport, you should be SO proud. Long standing restaurants continue to close in Bridgeport, while the communist meeting hall, known as The Unity Center at 33rd and Halsted continues to operate...the local lefty aholes need a place to meet and plan, and give handouts to the illegals in the neighborhood to garner their support.

What the hell is wrong with you, Bridgeport? You support this communist organization, by both your silence and active participation within this organization. And what are the priests and ministers of the local churches doing about educating their flocks on the evils of communism, socialism, marxism? Why are they NOT stepping up and condeming this organization?

To the many Chinese residents of Bridgeport, why aren't you speaking up about communism and the hell hole China you were fortunate to escape from? Your expensive investment in property in Bridgeport will not save you from the communist evil that's right under your nose.

To the Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Irish, etc. population of Bridgeport, stand up and speak out against this vermin known as The Unity Center on 33rd and Halsted.

Or, is it OK for commies to operate in your neighborhood. In that case, you WILL reap what you sow. The choice is up to YOU.