Archive for October, 2012

The Eli’s Family Mourns the loss of our Dearest Friend – Bobby Hatoff, the Chairman of Allen Brothers Meats

Without Bobby Hatoff, there would be no Eli’s!

The dearest friend to Eli, the Schulman Family and the entire Eli’s Family, Bobby started doing business with Eli at Eli’s Stage Delicatessen on Oak Street in the early 1960’s. That business relationship  grew dramatically when my parents opened Eli’s the Place for Steak in 1966 on East Chicago Avenue.  When he walked through Eli’s the Place for Steak (and so many other top restaurants in Chicago), he always had kind words for the wait and kitchen staff asking about their children by name.  He was always the most generous tipper while giving so much more from his heart.

 

Eli’s was the first of a new generation of steakhouses which have changed the dining experience in America. Bobby was a “secret weapon” for Eli’s and so many restaurants and leading chains around the country. He knew meat so well and how an operator could maximize the customer experience while helping the operator be profitable.

 

When Eli passed away over 24 years ago, Bobby was there all that day and for every day after that for me. He was my Senior Advisor  giving great advice on sales, on management, on life and people.  He was never too busy to help. No one was more committed to the success of Eli’s as a Company and my personal success than Bobby. When there were challenges in business, it was time for dinner with Bobby at Filippo’s on Clybourn. By the time the evening was over, I felt much better as Bobby’s advice was always right on and gave me the energy that I needed to meet the challenges of the next day.

 

Bobby is irreplaceable!  We could not have gotten here without him and will commit to always leading our lives with his integrity, optimism and charity.   Bobby, we miss you so much!

 

Marc S. Schulman

President

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company

10/9/2012

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Peapod’s CTA & Metra Stations Virtual Grocery Store Billboards Carry Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be part of Peapod’s new virtual grocery stores at transit stations throughout the Chicagoland area. From the Red line Sox/35th stop to suburban stops such as Grayslake, Peapod has put virtual grocery stores on billboards all over Chicago. Across the United States, Peapod is also trying these virtual grocery stores in places like Boston, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, and Philadelphia. The virtual grocery store works through QR codes; the commuter uses their smartphone to download the free PeapodMobile app and then scans the QR codes of the food items they’d like to purchase.  The Chicago virtual stores feature not only Eli’s Cheesecake, but a selection of Chicago’s Best including Lou Malanati’s, Garrett’s Popcorn and Wildfire. For more information, check out these articles http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/01/4870406/peapodcom-is-first-in-us-to-launch.html or http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410366,00.asp

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Eli’s New Shop Online Experience

Here at Eli’s Cheesecake, we are proud and excited to have a New Shopping Site! Our new site has updated graphics and is more user-friendly for an easier and better shop online experience. Check out our new Shopping Site at http://shop.elicheesecake.com/ !

Let us know your opinion of New Shopping Site by sending comments through our ‘Contact Us’ tab and be entered in a raffle to win one of three Eli’s Original Favorites Samplers. Comments must be submitted by Monday October 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm CT to be entered in the raffle. Winner will be announced Thursday October 11, 2012 at 9 am CT.  To comment, click the link: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/contact. Happy commenting!

 

 

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