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The Tinley Junction 012518 Dining Out the tinley junction | January 25, 2018 | 31 The Dish Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage credits community involvement for success Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor “ABSOLUTELY —Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet IN THE WORLD.” Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage credits its success to being involved in the communities it serves. For almost 38 years, Pop’s has continued to grow not only in locations and menu items but also in building connections with its customers. “I just feel if you’re involved in your community, and you support your community, they support you back,” said Kacie Dancy, vice president of operations at Pop’s and daughter of owner Frank Radochonski. “So, I think that’s a huge, huge reason for our success, as well as [being] a great restaurant to come to.” Dancy works at the original Pop’s location in Palos Heights and said the restaurant supports the local baseball and softball teams, sponsors reading programs at the local schools and library, and gives out coupons for free hot dogs on Halloween to children. “I truly believe that that’s why Pop’s has been around for as long as they have, and why we’ve been as successful as we have, because we’ve been so involved in the community, which is cool,” Dancy said. Other Pop’s locations, including the one in Tinley Park, has fundraiser nights for local sports teams, churches and schools, and even gives schools coupons for free hot dogs to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, according to franchisee Burke Matyas. “I’ve always believed in supporting the small guy,” Matyas said. “We’re a small mom and pop shop, so [it’s important] to give back to Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage features its homemade giardiniera atop one of the beef sandwiches that helped make it famous. Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage • 7153 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights • 14279 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park • 9400 W. 159th St. in Orland Park • 7301 W. 183rd St. in Tinley Park • 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport • 11336 Lincoln Highway in Mokena For more information ... Web: the community, knowing they support me.” Not only do customers keep coming back because of the support they receive from Pop’s but also, of course, for the staples of the restaurant. The famous Italian beef ($5.29) is sliced, cooked and served fresh daily. The beef is served on 6-inch French bread, and customers can add Pop’s homemade giardiniera or sweet peppers. “Everything that goes on [the Italian beef] I think my dad has tried really hard to pair our giardiniera and our sweet peppers to match the flavors,” Dancy said. Dancy also said the hot dog ($2.99) is another crowd favorite. The hot dog is Pop’s brand, and customers cannot get it the same anywhere else. The Chicago-style dog comes with tomato, relish, mustard, pickle, sport peppers and celery salt, and it is served on a seedless bun. It is the only menu item that comes wrapped in Pop’s famous french fries. “Our fries are kind of what we’re known for; fries are huge for us,” Dancy said. When Pop’s was first founded by her father and grandmother almost 38 years ago, the only items on the menu were hamburgers, hot dogs and beef sandwiches. Over the years, chicken has been incorporated into the menu, like the grilled chicken breast on a pita ($4.79), which is one of Dancy’s favorites. “It’s expanded into the times of what people want,” Dancy said. “It started off what [my father and grandmother] liked, and what they knew best, and then grew into what the customers wanted.” “A gift forthisplanet.” —Georgianveteran journalist Helena Apkhadze MAR 21-25 Rosemont RosemontTheatre Art That Connects Heavenand Earth “ Ihavereviewedabout about 4,000 shows since1942. None can compare to whatIsaw tonight.” —Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic “Thereisamassivepower in this thatcan embracethe world. It brings greathope. It is truly atouch of heaven.” —Daniel Herman, minister of Culture of the Czech Republic “Mesmerizing! Iencourage everyone to see and all of us to learn from.” —Donna Karan, creator of DKNY “The greatest of the great! It must be experienced.” —Christine Walevska, “goddess of the cello”, watched Shen Yun 5times ALL 2017 SHOWS SOLD OUT! SECURE YOUR SEATS NOW! APR5-8 Aurora Paramount Theatre APR12-15 Chicago HarrisTheater 888-99-SHOWS(74697) Prices:$80-$200

32 | January 25, 2018 | The tinley junction Puzzles crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur Across 1. Jaeger bird 5. Poetry on a grand theme 9. Glee club 14. Like a wet noodle 15. Verdant 16. Exterminator’s quarry 17. Kuwaiti 18. __ no good 19. In spite of the fact, shortly 20. Male cat 21. Mokena youth softball team nickname 23. ‘’La Dolce ___’’ (Fellini film) 25. Govt. workplace watchdog 26. Law and Order version 29. Promote 32. Music downloader 34. Mexican musicians 39. Food compilation 40. Genesis brother 41. Soviet Union labor camp 43. Regan’s father 44. Yard pest 45. As a rule 47. Kind of gown 50. Isaac’s firstborn 51. Canadian city, abbr. 52. Mokena is part of this county 55. Thingy 58. Scavenger kitty 61. 180° turn, slangily 63. “That’s hogwash!” 66. Board partner 67. Oceanic raptor 68. Cankers 69. A while back 70. Old French coins 71. Shot 72. ‘’Time ___ My Side’’ (Stones song) 73. “Hey, there!” Down 1. Fence piece 2. Bolshoi rival 3. Type of taste 4. Police alert, for short 5. Jewish month 6. Kind of platter 7. Prefix with -pathy 8. TV Guide listings 9. Necktie 10. Financial predicament 11. Quaker cereal 12. First person in Germany 13. Sweater letter 21. Cake with a kick 22. Yellowfin tuna 24. Followed 26. Look of contempt 27. Corrupt 28. Bad loan 30. Cardiology chart, for short 31. Calendar abbr. 33. Two dots placed over a vowel 34. Rumba relative 35. Cancel an event or meeting 36. Started a fire again 37. French Guiana’s Royale, e.g. 38. Learned one 42. Astronaut Grissom 46. Café au ___ 48. Unafraid 49. Rapper prefix 53. The king of France 54. Center of Beaujolais country 56. Mozart is on some of them 57. Maitre d’s offerings 58. Those in favor? 59. 2017 animated movie 60. Dinner starter ender 62. Tomorrow’s opposite, abbr. 63. Chinese food additive 64. “She loves __” Beatles 65. Before, in poetry 67. Clairvoyance, e.g. TINLEY PARK The Whistle Sports Bar & Grill (7537 W. 159th St., Tinley Park; (708) 904-4990) ■6-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Bar Bingo ■2-5 ■ p.m. Wednesdays: Happy Hour ■3-5 ■ p.m. Fridays: Teacher Appreciation ■3-5 ■ p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: Happy Hour Bailey’s Bar & Grill (17731 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park; (708) 429- 7955) ■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays: Karaoke ■7 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia ■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: DJ Dance Party ■9:30 ■ p.m. Saturdays: Live Music JW Hollstein’s Saloon (17358 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park; (708) 429- 7000) ■9 ■ p.m. Mondays: Karaoke ■7 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia ■8:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Open Mic ■8, ■ 9 p.m. Wednesday: Trivia ■10 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Live DJ ■11 ■ a.m. Fridays: Free pizza with drink purchases ■10 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: Live entertainment Old Tinley Pub & Eatery (17020 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park; (708) 532- 4409) ■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia Night ■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays: Movie Night ■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Karaoke Side Street American Tavern (18401 N. Creek Drive, Tinley Park; (708) 928- 8080) ■8:30 ■ p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27: Dueling Pianos ■5-8 ■ p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28: Sinatra on Sunday ■7 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Bingo ■7 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Bags Tournament ■9 ■ p.m. Fridays: Flashback Friday To place an event in The Scene, email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. answers How to play Sudoku Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. LEVEL: Medium Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan