84 Top Illinois Restaurants Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Restaurants companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Restaurants industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Illinois Restaurants Startups

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Tock

Tock

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Tock is a cloud-based platform with flexible data structures that provide comprehensive restaurant and event booking services.

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Home Chef

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Home Chef is a provider of subscription-based meal kit delivery services to help people to save time while enjoying home cooking.

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McDonald’s

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McDonald’s is a global foodservice retailer generating revenue through company-owned restaurants, franchise royalties, and licensing pacts.

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Farmer’s Fridge

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Farmer’s Fridge provides an automated smart fridge that serves salads, bowls, snacks, and more.

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Provi

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Provi is a communication platform that simplifies the operations for bars, restaurants, and retailers in ordering booze.

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Fooda

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Fooda is a food technology platform that connects restaurants to people while at work.

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Factor_

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Factor is a subscription-based prepared meal delivery service that delivers dietitian-designed, chef-crafted meals.

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Chowly

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Chowly provides innovative tech solutions to connect restaurant POS platforms with third-party online ordering solutions.

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86 Repairs

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86 Repairs is a subscription service that manages the entire repair process for restaurant groups.

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Restaurant.com

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Restaurant.com is a dining deals site and a marketing platform where users can read restaurant reviews, find deals, and browse menus.

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Innovative Tap Solutions LLC

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World leader in self pouring beverage technology solutions for beer, wine , coffee, cocktails, cider and anything else you can put in a keg

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SipScience

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SipScience is a revolutionary data analytics and marketing platform for the regulated beverage alcohol industry.

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Protein Bar

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Protein Bar is a fast food restaurant chain serving high protein food and drinks.

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Dom’s Kitchen & Market

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Dom’s Kitchen & Market is an operator of a grocery store chain designed to combine shopping, restaurant dining and home delivery.

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Huvii

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Huvii is a gaming and advertising platform that digitalizes bar and restaurant entertainment.

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Rewards21

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Rewards21 is an easy and convenient rewards program that gives cashback and reward points for dining at favorite restaurants.

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LYFE Kitchen

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LYFE Kitchen, Inc. operates and franchises restaurants. Its restaurants provide grocery products, such as meals, soups, and bakery

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Kitchfix

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Kitchfix creates healthy prepared meals for amazing people in Chicago and surrounding suburb

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DailyKit

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DailyKit is an open source technology platform enabling local restaurants and grocers to start a meal kit service.

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Parts Town

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Parts Town is the fastest growing distributor of genuine OEM repair and maintenance equipment parts for the restaurant and foodservice.

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For True Foodies Only

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True Foodies is the culinary world in your pocket.

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Morsel

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Morsel is an iOS and web application that connects chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and their restaurants to media and diners.

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TableNOW

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TableNow is a web based online table booking software.

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Portillos

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Portillo’s is serving fresh, homemade food in nostalgic themed restaurants.

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Rewards Network

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Rewards Network is a provider of capital and marketing services to the restaurant industry.

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Wavicle Data Solutions

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Wavicle offers Rapid Delivery Data and Analytics Solutions that reduce the time, cost and risk of data and analytics projects

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gDine

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gDine is an online marketplace and yield management solution that enables its users to plan and book dining events.

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Levy Restaurants

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Levy Restaurants is a hospitality company that runs restaurants and vending machines in entertainment and sporting venues.

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The Buona Companies

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Buona is a quick casual restaurant chain and caterer that features Original Italian Beef, Pizza, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches and Salads.

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Naf Naf Grill

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A Chicago-based chain of Middle Eastern fast-casual restaurants

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Potbelly Sandwich Works

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Potbelly Sandwich Works is a restaurant chain that sells sandwiches through its shops while providing pick-up facilities for online orders.

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quitchen

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Quitchen is a web-based company developing mobile applications for smartphones and tablets.

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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

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Since 1971, LEYE has maintained a sense of humor and enjoyment while creating high quality, successful restaurants.

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Nala Robotics

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An AI powered robotic restaurant

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OnlineBar

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World’s First OnlineBar. PaaS and SaaS.

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Cosi

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Così was founded on the idea that good food will make that journey all the more delicious.

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Donatos Pizza

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Pizza Inc. is a Midwestern chain of 143 restaurants.

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Anita Margarita

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All natural lo-calorie powdered margarita mix, sweetened with 100% agave nectar.

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Backbar

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A web and mobile software platform for managing inventory, ordering with vendors, and reducing costs for bars and restaurants.

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Instabids

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Instabids is a mobile app that allows the restaurants to bid, select the best instant discount expercience for diners.

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iMenu360

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iMenu360 is an online ordering platform is designed to put customer information in your hands and give operators the tools.

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Aaron Allen and Associates

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Aaron Allen & Associates is a global restaurant industry consultancy helps clients around the world to solve their most complex challenges.

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Arc Mobile

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Arc Mobile is a software development company specializing in mobile payment products for underserved industries.

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KCL

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KCL is an IT company that provides customized software solutions to foodservice equipment manufacturers, consultants and dealers.

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Firehouse Subs

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Restaurant in South Elgin, IL

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Tally (Payment App)

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Tally is an app that allows the customer to open, pay, and close a bar tab from a mobile device.

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Allen Brothers

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Allen Brothers supplies USDA Prime grade beef for steakhouses and restaurants.

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Native Foods

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Native Foods operates as a premier fast-casual vegan restaurant group.

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Epic Burger

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Epic Burger is a fast-food restaurant that provides burgers and sandwiches.

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Orby

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Orby is a geolocation-based mobile app that allows users to receive recommendations from friends on the best local restaurants.

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Broadway in Chicago

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Broadway in Chicago is Chicago’s ticket

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Virtual Dining Chicago

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We are a hyper-local hospitality talent marketplace

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DinnDinn

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DinnDinn is an app that enables users to share pictures and opinions of favorite dishes, drinks and desserts.

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Metromix

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Metromix, a one-stop local entertainment guide on where to go and what to do, from the newest restaurants, to the latest in music and more.

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Chicago’s Pizza

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Chicago’s Pizza serves authentic Chicago style stuffed, deep-dish and thin-crust pizza.

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Hideout

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Hideout is a bar in Chicago.

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Savista

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Savista is worldwide food service industry with innovative technologies and services.

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Dyner

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Restaurant Point of Sale

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The Alinea Group

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The Alinea Group offers a wide range of Event and Catering services with one thing in common the event must be uncommon.

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Dining Dialog

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Dining Dialog provides an all-in-one restaurant marketing suite that allows users to manage online marketing and in-store promotions.

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Flat Top Grill

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Flat Top Grill is an asian grill restaurant.

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Nomwell

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Nomwell makes it easy to find restaurants you’ll love. Remember recommendations, share favorites, and find spots loved by your inner circle.

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Grand Victoria Casino

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Grand Victoria Casino offers riverboat gambling, dining, and entertainment experience in Illinois.

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China Garden Chinese Restaurant

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China Garden Chinese Restaurant is a food and beverage firm.

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Brown’s Chicken

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Brown’s Chicken is a chain of fast-food restaurants that specializes in fried chicken.

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Incredibleegg

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The Incredible Edible Egg, brought to you by America’s egg farmers. It’s your home for quick ‘n tasty egg recipes, nutrition facts & more.

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Common Grounds Coffee House

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A fantastic local spot where you can help support your community.

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Flavorit

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Flavorit is a restaurant discovery and recommendation app.

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Dine.

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Dine is an application that offers restaurant booking services to avoid wait-time and miscommunication.

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Sarpino’s Pizzeria

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Sarpino’s Pizzeria is a food and beverage company.

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GIBSONS

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GIBSONS is a restaurant operator company.

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The State House Inn

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The State House Inn is a beautiful historic hotel located in Springfield, Illinois.

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Chefmade

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Prepared Food Delivered To Your Door.

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The Signature Room

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The Signature Room is a restaurant that renders dining, lunch, brunch, food & beverage & hospitality services.

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Indulgery

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Discover Local Specials & Events

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Sammie’s

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Hot Dog Restaurant in North Chicago, IL

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HB Home Bistro

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HB is a cozy storefront bistro nestled amidst the bustling nightlife of Boystown.

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Tipzyy

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Mobile Software, Hospitality, Food and Beverage, Education

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SkyList

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SkyList develops data management software designed to support back-office applications and nightclubs.

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Tripreviewer

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Tripreviewer is an online travel company which offers unique booking experience to their users. Click In before Check In

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Catalpa Systems

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Catalpa Systems specializes in developing management and integrated solution for food manufacturers that helps in streamlining operations.

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Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen

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Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen offers sandwiches, beef stew, and potato pancakes for Chicago’s politicians, celebrities and daily people.

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Revzi

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Revzi renders full-service in software, hardware, technical support and point-of-sale solutions for restaurants.

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Gifford’s Kitchen and Social

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Gifford’s Kitchen and Social is a suburban restaurant has abruptly closed, despite having weddings and other social events booked.

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