Monday, May 27, 2024

The Demise of Myron & Phil Restaurant, 3900 West Devon Avenue, Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Myron & Phil was a renowned high-class tablecloth steakhouse that served the Jewish community, although it was not Kosher, for over 40 years. The restaurant was founded by Myron and Phil Freedman in 1971 and passed down to Myron's son, Mark, in 1999. It quickly became a staple in the neighborhood, known for its premium cuts of meat, exceptional service, and elegant atmosphere. Mark ran the restaurant for nearly 15 years before the electrical fire closed the business.

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The restaurant's dining room was packed tight, with tables covering every inch. It was very noisy inside, but the food and service were top-notch, as usual. I ate there a few weeks before the fire.

Tragedy struck on May 8, 2013, when a fire broke out in the storeroom near the kitchen of Myron & Phil's Steakhouse, causing significant damage to the building. The fire was extinguished, but the restaurant was forced to close its doors for repairs.

In a cruel twist of fate, one of the owners, 98-year-old Myron Freedman, passed away on the same day as the fire. Myron was a respected figure in the community, and his passing was met with an outpouring of tributes and condolences. Shortly after owner Myron Freedman died in Lincolnwood, the fire ignited at Myron & Phil's.
Myron D. Freedman Obituary.
Chicago Tribune, Thursday, May 09, 2013 ·Page 7

Despite the efforts to rebuild and recover, Myron & Phil could not reopen its doors. The restaurant remained closed for over a year, and in April 2023, it was announced that the restaurant would be permanently closed.

The legacy of Myron & Phil lives on, however, as it remains a cherished memory for many in the community who fondly remember its exceptional dining experience, refined ambiance, and warm hospitality of Myron Freedman and Phil Freedman. The restaurant's story reminds us of the importance of community, tradition, and the indelible mark that a beloved gathering place can leave on our lives.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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