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LuLu’s Dim Sum, Evanston's Longtime Asian Favorite, Finally Opens New Restaurant

The suburban staple had been open for 21 years before closing in 2013

This LuLu’s rendering dates back to 2015.
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As far as stealth openings, this one was a big one for fans of LuLu’s, the suburban Evanston Asian restaurant that closed in 2013 after more than two decades of operation. The new incarnation of the restaurant finally opened this week—albeit only for lunch—at their new location at 1029 Davis Street. Through the last two years, the restaurant experienced a few false starts and delays that prevented diners from experiencing LuLu’s famed "dim sum and then some."

From the sounds of things, the kitchen is fairly slammed. They’ll take off the training wheels and stay open for dinner starting on Monday, Dec. 19, according to a LuLu’s employee answering the phones. While ownership geared up for the oft-delayed opening, LuLu’s began serving food at other outlets. That included the new rooftop bar above the new restaurant, the Five & Dime. LuLu’s former space gave way to become Brian Huston's Boltwood.

We know you've missed them... So get your fix of LuLu's sesame peanut noodles tonight at Five & Dime, the brand new rooftop patio bar and grill above our new location! Open at 5pm every night.

Posted by Lulu's on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Owner Dan Kelch hoped to open the new location in July before going radio silent, so in a sense this surprise opening made sense. Will the new location satiate long-time fans? Pop in and check it out.

LuLu’s, 1026 Davis St., Evanston, (847) 869-4343, open this week for lunch, 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Regular hours and dinner start on Monday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.