Auto shop's restaurant remake to be revealed in June 27 Shake-It forum

The former Grace Auto Body at 820 N. Damen would become a restaurant with outdoor seating.

Partners planning the Shake-It restaurant at 820 N. Damen will present details of their venture at 6:30pm June 27 at J&M Tap, 957 N. Leavitt St. Ald. Brian Hopkins will sponsor the forum with EVA and the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association.

The restaurant and bar would feature boozy milkshakes, burgers and pizza. EVA and UVNA have been negotiating a plan of operation that would set security, trash collection and other binding conditions to the restaurant's liquor license.

Forward Hospitality Group chief executive Michael Schwartz, operating chief Bobby Rutter and marketing chief Dante Deiana plan to reveal a chef and fourth partner; "it will be pretty big news," says Deiana, the DJ behind the Chicago Cubs public-address music.

Deiana and attorney Thomas Raines have been negotiating the operating agreement. Cleveland-based Forward shelved plans for the former auto shop after a 2017 hearing, in which outdoor seating drew comparisons to the Big Star taqueria at 1531 N. Damen Ave. Raines gave EVA members an overview of revived plans in March.

Hopkins will take questions or comments before the meeting at Ward02@cityofchicago.org.

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