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Has Diner Grill Served Its Last Slinger?

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 27, 2008 12:11PM


A Chicagoist reader sent us a tip that Diner Grill (1635 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-248-2030) appeared closed for business. We've placed at least three phone calls to the venerable matchbox-shaped diner and was welcomed with a constantly ring tone.

If Diner Grill has closed, it closes another chapter in this city's long history of greasy spoons. Diner Grill was one of the places we could rely on after a long night of drinking at Ten Cat, the long gone Austin City Limits on Irving and Southport, and its fellow lost-to-the-mists-of-time bar Blue Bird Liquors (located where the Long Room currently rests). Their burgers did the job; the slinger easily the most popular menu item on the board. Diner Grill stayed open as the neighborhood evolved, never changing, thriving like a cockroach at night.

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