Wings Over Evanston to be replaced by Pizza Hut

Julia Jacobs, Summer Editor

Wings Over Evanston, a fast-food chain that serves mainly chicken wings, will be replaced by Pizza Hut after the restaurant’s sudden closure, a city official said.

The city received an application July 10 from Pizza Hut to fill the Wings Over space on 1115 Emerson St., said Mark Muenzer, director of community development. His department received no notification of the closure from the restaurant itself, Muenzer said.

“Obviously at that point there had been some sort of conversation between the two restaurants,” Muenzer said. “Businesses close all the time for business reasons and for other reasons, and they don’t necessarily inform us.”

The city’s zoning administrator will finalize Pizza Hut’s takeover of the Emerson Street shop after Aug. 4, the deadline for surrounding property owners to raise concerns with the restaurant moving in, he said. Restaurant’s applications are routinely approved when they come from similar establishments to the one they’re replacing, he added.

The owner of Wings Over could not be immediately reached for comment, and the restaurant’s phone line has been disconnected.

Pizza Hut’s application requested to serve food from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends, Muenzer said.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated who will approve the application. It will be the city’s zoning administrator. The Daily regrets the error.

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