Alexander’s Restaurant To Open In Former Jeri’s Grill Space, Bringing Another Family-Owned Diner To North Center Corner
When it opens this spring, the Western Avenue restaurant will be Alexander’s second location and feature the same diner menu as its original Edgewater spot, which has been open since 1960.
by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / January 7, 2022
NORTH CENTER — The family behind Alexander’s Restaurant will open a new location at the former Jeri’s Grill this spring.
Jeri’s was among a dying breed of 24-hour diners throughout Chicago when Frank Di Piero, son of original owner Anice Di Piero, announced its closure in May 2020. It was one of many restaurants that permanently closed because of the pandemic.
When Jeri’s first opened in 1963 at 4357 N. Western Ave., Di Piero’s father named it after his older sister Geriann. His father, a Marine veteran of WWII, spelled the restaurant with a “J” instead of a “G” so that people wouldn’t call it Garry’s.
Di Piero previously told Block Club he believed the restaurant would be able to ride out the state’s 2020 stay at home order, thinking it would only mean being closed for 10 days. Read more HERE