I guess two questions, although I'm more interested in the first.
1) Does anyone know what happened to Francesca's in Orland Park, on Lagrange and ~133rd Street? I was out of town for a few months and I came back and it was gone!
Personally, I'm baffled. The food was great, and it seems consistently busy Fri, Sat, and Sun. Weekdays were obviously a bit slower (it's in the suburbs, so of course) but not that much slower.
It's been replaced by a none-to-special diner deal. They ripped out the marble, fresco, and everything that added charm and atmosphere. Anyway, I'd be interested to see if anyone has a take on why they up and left?
2) Any alternate suggestions for good Italian / Italian fusion in the area? Papa Joes will not do ;)