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Vegan ‘Wonderland’? Restaurant Owner Hopes So With New Location In GlenviewFree Access

Alice & Friends at the Glen at 2071 Tower Dr. just opened. (Photo submitted)

A new restaurant in Glenview, Alice & Friends at the Glen, hopes to fill a void for vegan options in Chicago’s North suburbs.

The restaurant is the second for owner Mun Wong, who recently moved to Glenview from Chicago. Wong purchased Alice & Friends Vegan Kitchen in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood in 2006 and has operated it ever since. Alice & Friends was opened in Edgewater by Alice Lee in 2001.

“I want to create a wonderland for vegans,” Wong said. Vegan is a stricter form of vegetarianism with no animal-based products at all in a dish’s ingredients or preparation.

Alice & Friends at the Glen opened at 2071 Tower Dr. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The 40-seat restaurant is open from 4 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, noon to 9:30 p.m. weekends, and is closed on Tuesdays. It offers delivery with its own staff drivers in a three-mile radius around its location. Wong said the restaurant has a liquor license but has yet to begin serving cocktails. 

Besides vegan, the cuisine at Alice & Friends at the Glen has an Asian-inspired focus, such as noodles, wok-inspired dishes, and Korean barbecue.

Burmese Noodle Salad, from Alice & Friends. (Photo submitted)

“When I became vegan there were few options here (in the Chicago area),” Wong said. That was unlike New York City or Los Angeles where vegan restaurants are abundant. When she moved to Glenview, she found few vegan options and said she knew she could serve a need. 

The restaurant has a staff of about 30. The Chicago location is undergoing renovations. Wong said many of the Chicago staff are working in Glenview in the interim. She said she would need to hire between five and 10 more employees.

A grand opening with the Glenview Chamber of Commerce is expected to take place soon, Wong added.

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