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Shake-It Owners To Pitch Plans For Burger Restaurant At Ukrainian Village Meeting This Week

Shake-It's owners are expected to unveil design plans and information about the restaurant's chef and menu at the meeting.

Grace Auto Clinic, 820 N. Damen Ave., is expected to be replaced by milkshake-focused restaurant Shake-It.
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UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — The owners of Shake-It, a boozy milkshake and burger restaurant, will meet with residents of Ukrainian Village and East Village this week at the request of Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd).

Shake-It’s owners are expected to unveil design plans and information about the restaurant’s chef and menu at the meeting, which will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at J&M Tap, 957 N. Leavitt St.

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Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd)

The proposed development at 820 N. Damen Ave. would likely need an aldermanic sign-off on a liquor license, but community approval is not required for the plan, since no zoning change is needed.

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Shake-It is a venture by Ohio-based Forward Hospitality Group, which entered into a 99-year lease to replace Grace Auto Repair near the corner of Damen Avenue and Rice Street in Ukrainian Village.

Dante Deiana — a Loyola University graduate and a DJ for the Chicago Cubs — is a co-founder of Forward Hospitality.

Of the 16 years Deiana has lived in Chicago, eight were spent in Wicker Park.

Deiana said the Shake-It team has attended multiple East Village Association and Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association meetings during the last 18 months.

Early renderings from architect Steve Ciciretto showed an 80-seat outdoor patio and a walk-up window.

A 2017 rendering of Shake-It. The walk-up window has since been scrapped.

RELATED: Neighbors Want Meeting With Shake-It’s Backers To Hear Plans For The Boozy Burger Spot In West Town

But Forward Hospitality did away with the walk-up window at the request of neighborhood groups.

“A pretty major concession as it alters our business model significantly,” Deiana said.

The Shake-It group said they plan to follow all city laws regarding late night noise and other neighbor concerns, but some are calling for a more formalized, legally-binding community agreement.

The city requires outdoor patios to close by 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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