Fifth Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, left, and Mayor Stephen Hagerty cut the ribbon and welcome LiteHouse Whole Food Grill to Evanston. Photo from City of Evanston

In late September, restaurateur Eric Nance opened a branch of his Hyde Park LiteHouse Whole Food Grill to Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. The restaurant space in the center was vacant for several months after First Slice left.

Writing in “Eater Chicago,” Ashok Selvam said Mr. Nance “hopes to give African Americans living in the suburbs, particularly youngsters, a role model by bringing a black-owned business to Evanston.”

On the website of the Hyde Park LiteHouse, Mr. Nance writes of his “intriguing dilemma” of “going into all the world and spreading the gospel of Christ .. and feeding the family.  My wife is a vegetarian, my oldest daughter is a meataterian (if that exists) and my other rgeww kids kind of get stuck in the middle.  I, myself, like meat, but love vegetarian options such as tofu and fresh veggies.  So if you can imagine, feeding my family wasn’t easy at all.  Most places only served one or the other, and the options were very limited and most times lacked flavor.  Then my wife went on a reading spree.  She studied what went into our bodies and threw away everything I liked.  I said, ‘Oh boy, I better fix this, before I starve!’ LoL And thus the LiteHouse Whole Food Grill was created; Always friendly, always Whole, always Organic, & Always Really Really Good.”