The falafel restaurant at the back of the Wabash Jewelry Mall has been opened for the past thirty years. Since taking over ownership nearly one decade ago, Suleiman Suleiman has fortified its reputation as one of downtown Chicago's best kept secrets.
George Lemperis, owner of the West Loop's Palace Grill, has seen his restaurant and its customers through three decades of change. And though he swears he will never officially retire from his post, his young daughter is preparing to take the reins.
When he first started working at his mother-in-law's taquerria, Sergio Reyes "couldn't even fold a burrito." Today he works 15-hour days as the head chef of DeColores, the restaurant he owns in Pilsen.