DNA Member Spotlight: Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 5/29/13

DannysAs part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s brand new “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will highlight one local downtown Elgin member business each week throughout 2013.

We shine this week’s DNA Member Spotlight on:

 

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas
231 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
847-742-5400
DannysPizzaElgin.com

 


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In 1968, Danny and Sandy Dalton decided to live their dream, and opened their first pizza restaurant, and they have been in the pizza business ever since. The first “Danny’s Pizza” was opened on the North side of Chicago. At that time we began the family tradition of serving a delicious pizza made using special ingredients and from our own family recipes. In Danny’s words “Good food is good business”. With the success of that first restaurant in Chicago, Danny knew he had a winner, and opened several locations throughout the Northwest suburbs over the years. In late 2012, Danny’s Pizza celebrated the grand opening of their new Downtown Elgin location at 231 Douglas Avenue.When Danny passed away in 1999, his wife Sandy, their children and grandchildren were all involved in working the restaurant and continue the family traditions to this day. There are now four generations that are part of the daily operations at Danny’s Pizza.Danny’s Pizza on Douglas is quickly becoming known as the spot for live entertainment in downtown Elgin, offering karaoke nights on Wednesday and Thursday nights and live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. Take a look at the upcoming musical performances at Danny’s for June and July. All live music performances kick off at 9pm:May 31 – The Moods
June 1 – Destination Band
June 7 – The Super Suits
June 8 – Run 4 Covers
June 14 – Doors of Chicago
June 15 – Smokin’ Gunz
June 21 – Hooked on Sonics
June 22 – Sexy Blues Band
June 28 – Cadillac Cassanovas
June 29 – Disorder
July 5 – Sam Dandals Band
July 6- The Nick Moss Band

Downtown Madness Round Two Results

ScoreCentral_LogoThe Second Round of Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown is now official and the “steaks” have officially been raised.

The votes have been tabulated and verified and we can now release the results and announce the brackets for Downtown Madness Round Three which begins tomorrow at Noon:

 

 

ROUND 2 FINAL RESULTS:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza defeats Domani Cafe Cuban Sandwich by 124

Al’s Cafe Burns Malt defeats In the Neighborhood Fresh 50 Shaves of Ham by 112

Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta defeats Toom Toom Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Prik Khing by 68

Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa defeats Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant Pa-Naeng Curry by 88

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis defeats In the Neighborhood Deli Lowrie Sandwich by 48

Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich defeats Mr. C’s Hot Dogs Mr. C’s Burger by 78

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza defeats Pita Puff Falafel by 56

Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog defeats Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick’s Special by 34

Bracket_Round3So our ROUND 3 match-ups are as follows:

 

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza vs. Al’s Café Burns Malt

Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta vs. Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis vs. Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza vs. Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog

Round Three voting for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown tips off Saturday, March 23 at 12pm and concludes Monday, March 25 at 12pm at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Eat16_Front_ad We congratulate all of our Round Two participants on a great showing and be sure to look for all of our “ousted” participants to return later this week and next week in our Downtown Madness “Best of the Rrest” Facebook promotion. Please continue to patronize all 32 of these amazing Elgin eateries and don’t forget to pick up your Elgin Eat 16 punch card at any one of them for your change to Eat, Punch and SCORE a Downtown Madness mini basketball or a chance to shoot for big prizes at our Downtown Madness trophy presentation in April.

Lace up your sneakers, get in the game and Join the Madness in Elgin! Round Two voting for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown tips off Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Downtown Madness Elgin “Eat 16” Punch Card Promotion

Eat16_Front_adThe Downtown Madness Elgin Eat 16 punch card promotion is off and rolling!

Now thru April 8, Downtown Madness voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes” at any of the participating Elgin eateries. Obtain 8 punches in the “Elgin Elite Ate” to receive a Downtown Madness mini basketball. Obtain 16 punches in the “Elgin Eat 16″ for a chance to take a shot at winning big prizes at our Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation and #TasteNTweet on April 8 from 4:30-6pm.

PARTICIPATING DOWNTOWN MADNESS ESTABLISHMENTS:

Al’s Cafe 43 DuPage, 847-742-1180
Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant 11 Douglas, 847-742-1460
Charles Fast Foods 59 Douglas, 847-468-0047
Chooch’s Pizzeria 64 S Grove, 847-888-0211
Chorizo Grill 440 Washington, 847-697-0001
Colonial Café 600 S McLean, 847-888-3939
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas 231 Douglas, 847-742-5400
Delicia Tropical Café 780 Villa, 847-695-6207
Domani Café 109 E Highland, 847-695-8851
Elgin Public House 219 E Chicago, 847-468-8810
Herb’s Bakery 1020 Larkin, 847-741-0249
In the Neighborhood Deli 185 Edison, 847-888-9486
In the Neighborhood Fresh Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove, 847-346-9240
JB’s Grill & Pub 297 S McLean, 847-695-0734
Jester’s Fast Foods 96 Tyler Creek, 847-622-0749
Martini Room 161 E Chicago, 847-741-0349
McGruder’s Irish Pub 1350 E Chicago, 847-931-0130
Mel’s Pizza 728 W Chicago, 847-695-8180
Mr. C’s Hot Dogs & More 1350 E Chicago, 847-888-4600
Mr. Tequila’s 51 S Grove, 847-214-2976
Nick’s Pizza & Pub 990 S Randall, 847-531-5550
On the Side Restaurant 74 S Grove, 847-214-2323
Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence, 847-695-8687
Pita Puff 512 Waverly, 847-622-7833
Prairie Rock Bar & Grill 127 S Grove, 630-883-8799
Ravenheart Coffee 176 E Chicago, 847-841-8451
Sherman Health Cafeteria 1425 N Randall, 224-783-8921
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 2300 Bushwood, 224-359-5458
Toom Toom Thai 23 S Grove, 847-531-8755
Villa Verone 13 Douglas, 847-742-0263
Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut, 847-695-2420
Wienerville III 1785 Larkin, 847-608-7801

And don’t forget to vote for your favorite Elgin eateries in Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown. Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Downtown Madness Opening Round Results

ScoreCentral_LogoThe Opening Round of Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown is officially in the books and if Act Two of the Madness is anything like its predecessor, Elgin is in for quite a show!

The votes have been tabulated and verified and we can now release the results and announce the brackets for Downtown Madness Round Two:

 

OPENING ROUND FINAL RESULTS:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza defeats Prairie Rock Bar & Grill Smoked Beef Brisket by 135

Domani Cafe Cuban Sandwich defeats Chooch’s Pizzeria Bruschetta by 229

In the Neighborhood Fresh 50 Shaves of Ham defeats Mr. Tequila’s Fajitas by 77

Al’s Cafe Burns Malt defeats Martini Room Life is Good Martini by 193

Toom Toom Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Prik Khing defeats Walnut Speakeasy Shillelagh Burger by 9

Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta defeats Charles Fast Foods Tacos by 277

Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa defeats Villa Verone Tiramisu by 77

Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant Pa-Naeng Curry defeats On the Side Restaurant Beef Brisket Sandwich by 19

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis defeats Chorizo Grill Taco Dinner by 143

In the Neighborhood Deli Lowrie Sandwich defeats Mel’s Pizza Western Pizza by 205

Mr. C’s Hot Dogs Mr. C’s Burger defeats McGruder’s Irish Pub Guacamole by 133

Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich defeats Herb’s Bakery Crunch Cake Donut by 61

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza defeats Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery BBQ Bacon Burger by 189

Pita Puff Falafel defeats Delicia Tropical Cafe Pechuga Rellena de Camarones by 129

Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick’s Special defeats Jester’s Fast Foods Gyros by 31

Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog defeats Colonial Cafe Pot Roast French Dip by 65

 

Which sets up these 16 sweet Elgin dishes to square off against one another in Round 2 of Downtown Madness beginning on Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm:

ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza vs. Domani Cafe Cuban Sandwich

In the Neighborhood Fresh 50 Shaves of Ham vs. Al’s Cafe Burns Malt

Toom Toom Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Prik Khing vs. Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta

Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa vs. Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant Pa-Naeng Curry

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis vs. In the Neighborhood Deli Lowrie Sandwich

Mr. C’s Hot Dogs Mr. C’s Burger vs. Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza vs. Pita Puff Falafel

Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick’s Special vs. Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog

Eat16_Front_adWe congratulate all of our Round One participants on a great showing. Please continue to patronize all 32 of these amazing Elgin eateries and don’t forget to pick up your Elgin Eat 16 punch card at any one of them for your change to Eat, Punch and SCORE a Downtown Madness mini basketball or a chance to shoot for big prizes at our Downtown Madness trophy presentation in April.

Lace up your sneakers, get in the game and Join the Madness in Elgin! Round Two voting for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown tips off Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm at www.DowntownElgin.com.

2013 Downtown Madness Selection Show

Bracket_VideoThe wait is over and the Madness has returned to Elgin!

Watch as the Downtown and Crosstown brackets are revealed in the 2013 Downtown Madness Selection Show on YouTube.

Opening Round voting for all of your favorite Elgin eateries is now open at DowntownElgin.com and concludes on Monday, March 18 at Noon. Click the bracket to the left to be linked to the Round 1 online voting form.

Second Round voting (“Eat 16”)  begins Monday, March 20 at 5pm and ends Friday, March 22 at Midnight.

Third Round voting (“Elite Ate”) begins Saturday, March 23 at Noon and ends Monday, March 25 at 5pm.

Fourth Round voting (Elgin’s Fine Four) begins Friday, March 29 at Noon and ends Monday, April 1 at Noon.

Championship Round voting begins Saturday, April 6 at 12pm and ends Monday, April 8.

Join the Madness in Elgin at DowntownElgin.com!

DNA’s Downtown Madness Begins March 14

Join the MadnessThe Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin’s third annual edition of Downtown Madness – the DNA’s award-winning, month-long, social media driven restaurant and bar promotion returns this March. “Signature dishes” from Elgin area eateries and pubs – both downtown and “crosstown” – will again face off against one other in a March Madness-style bracket tournament where the public chooses the winners round-by-round until a champion is crowned.

The 2013 installment of Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown is expanding this year from 16 participating “teams” to a total of 32: 16 Downtown Elgin eateries vs. 16 Crosstown Elgin eateries. Beginning March 14, Downtown and Crosstown bracket entries compete against each other through four rounds of online voting before one finalists each from both sides of the bracket square off in the Championship Round of voting which ends on April 8, the night of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s championship game. The winner receives the honor of displaying the Downtown Madness traveling trophy for one year as well as a Blue Level Sponsorship in the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade.

Eat16_TicketThe Elgin Eat 16 punch card promotion also returns with some new surprises. Throughout the duration of Downtown Madness, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch card tickets and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes” at each participating restaurant. Prizes such as Downtown Elgin gift certificates, Downtown Madness t-shirts and mini basketballs are among the prizes available upon achieving various quantities of Eat 16 punches.

“We’re definitely excited about the changes we’ve made to this year’s Downtown Madness,” said DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski. “We know Madness and the Eat 16 punch cards both have an established track record of success for our participating Elgin establishments and we’re hoping for an even more competitive voting atmosphere and more rings at the registers for our businesses over the course of the month-long promotion.”

Last year’s Downtown Madness champion Danny’s Pizza returns to defend their title, competing this year as Danny’s Pizza on Douglas in the Downtown side of the bracket after relocating from 302 McLean Boulevard to 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin in October 2012.

Other confirmed returning participants from 2012 include 2011 Downtown Madness Champion Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin; Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court, Elgin; Bangkok House and Shanghai Restaurant, 11 Douglas Avenue, Elgin; Colonial Cafe, 600 S. McLean Boulevard, Elgin; Herb’s Bakery, 1020 Larkin Avenue, Elgin; In the Neighborhood Deli, 185 Edison, Elgin; Nick’s Pizza & Pub, 990 S. Randall Road, Elgin; Paul’s Family Restaurant, 1300 Lawrence Avenue, Elgin; Ravenheart Coffee, 176 E. Chicago Street, Elgin; Toom Toom Thai Restaurant, 23 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin; Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 13 Douglas Avenue, Elgin; and Walnut Speakeasy, 214 Walnut Avenue, Elgin.

New confirmed participants include Chooch’s Pizzeria, 64 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin; Chorizo Grill, 440 Washington Street, Elgin; Delicia Tropical Cafe, 780 Villa Street, Elgin; Domani Cafe, 109 E. Highland Avenue, Elgin; In the Neighborhood Fresh inside Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin; JB’s Grill & Bar, 297 S. McLean Boulevard, Elgin; McGruder’s Irish Pub, 1350 E. Chicago Street, Elgin; Mr. C’s Hot Dogs, 1350 E. Chicago Street, Elgin; On the Side Restaurant, 74 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin; Pita Puff, 512 Waverly Drive, Elgin; Sherman Health Cafeteria, 1425 N. Randall Road, Elgin; Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 2300 Bushwood Drive, Elgin; and Wienerville III, 1785 Larkin Avenue, Elgin.

The 2013 Downtown Madness bracket with the complete list of participating Elgin restaurants will be revealed on March 14 in the Downtown Madness Selection Show on the DNA’s YouTube Channel and at the DNA’s brand new Downtown Madness website: www.ElginDowntownMadness.com.

Downtown Madness was honored with a Lt. Governor’s Award for Outstanding Main Street Promotion at the 2011 Illinois Main Street Awards in Galesburg, Illinois.

The Madness Returns to Downtown Elgin This March

Join the MadnessThe Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin’s third annual edition of Downtown Madness – the DNA’s award-winning, month-long, social media driven restaurant and bar promotion returns this March. “Signature dishes” from Elgin area eateries and pubs – both downtown and “crosstown” – will again face off against one other in a March Madness-style bracket tournament where the public chooses the winners round-by-round until a champion is crowned.

The 2013 installment of Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown is expanding this year from 16 participating “teams” to a total of 32: 16 Downtown Elgin eateries vs. 16 Crosstown Elgin eateries. Beginning March 14, Downtown and Crosstown bracket entries compete against each other through four rounds of online voting before one finalists each from both sides of the bracket square off in the Championship Round of voting which ends on April 8, the night of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s championship game. The winner receives the honor of displaying the Downtown Madness traveling trophy for one year as well as a Blue Level Sponsorship in the 2013 City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade.

Eat16_TicketThe Elgin Eat 16 punch card promotion also returns with some new surprises. Throughout the duration of Downtown Madness, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch card tickets and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes” at each participating restaurant. Prizes such as Downtown Elgin gift certificates, Downtown Madness t-shirts and mini basketballs are among the prizes available upon achieving various quantities of Eat 16 punches.

“We’re definitely excited about the changes we’ve made to this year’s Downtown Madness,” said DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski. “We know Madness and the Eat 16 punch cards both have an established track record of success for our participating Elgin establishments and we’re hoping for an even more competitive voting atmosphere and more rings at the registers for our businesses over the course of the month-long promotion.”

Last year’s Downtown Madness champion Danny’s Pizza returns to defend their title, competing this year in the Downtown side of the bracket after relocating from 302 McLean Boulevard to 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin in early October 2012.

Other confirmed returning participants include 2011 Downtown Madness Champion Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin; Prime BurgerHouse and Buckingham’s Steakhouse & Lounge inside Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin; Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 13 Douglas Avenue, Elgin; Bangkok House and Shanghai Restaurant, 11 Douglas Avenue, Elgin; Colonial Cafe, 600 S. McLean Boulevard, Elgin, as well as new competitors Weinerville III, 1785 Larkin Avenue, Elgin; and Sherman Health Cafeteria, 1425 Randall Road, Elgin.

Elgin area restaurants can sign up to participate in this year’s Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown thru Monday, March 4.

Join Now!

 

 

The 2013 Downtown Madness bracket will be revealed on March 14 in the Downtown Madness Selection Show on the DNA’s YouTube Channel and at the DNA’s brand new Downtown Madness website: www.ElginDowntownMadness.com.

Downtown Madness was honored with a Lt. Governor’s Award for Outstanding Main Street Promotion at the 2011 Illinois Main Street Awards in Galesburg, Illinois.

Valentine’s Day Deals and Doings in Downtown Elgin

cupidThis Valentine’s Day point Cupid’s arrow towards Downtown Elgin – the place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone you love! Take a stroll down our charming streets and stop in at your favorite shop or eatery. Or better yet, why not fall in love with an all new one?

Al’s Cafe
43 DuPage Court
847-742-1180

Enjoy a cozy, candlelit dinner from 4-9 pm at Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court, featuring a special Valentine’s inspired menu and Chef Tony’s hand-rolled chocolate truffles. Reservations are highly recommended! Call 847-742-1180.

Martini Room
161 E. Chicago Street
847-741-0349

Celebrate romance at Martini Room with a chocolate fountain (7-9 pm), Valentine’s martini specials for $8 each, sparkling cocktail flights for $10 each and more!

Mr. Tequila de Elgin
51 S. Grove Avenue
847-214-2976

For Valentines Day, Mr. Tequila de Elgin will be doing a meats parillada for $30 per couple. Soft drinks included as well as an open buffet of delicious desserts. Make sure to bring that special someone and enjoy a great romantic dinner!

Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano
13 Douglas Avenue
847-742-0263

“All you need is love” (okay, maybe some delicioux Italian food and wine wouldn’t be bad either) at Villa Verone, 13 Douglas Ave. Just $75 per couple brings you an appetizer, two entrees, dessert and a bottle of wine. Make your reservations today at 847-742-0263.

Grand Victoria Casino
250 S. Grove Avenue
847-468-7000

Feeling musical? Check out Maurice & Company at 7 pm at the Grand Victoria Showbar inside the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue.

On Friday, February 15 at 7 pm, come to the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor for a romantic concert filled with love songs from opera to big band classics performed by Jeorge Holmes, tenor, and Diva Montell, soprano. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased using PayPal at www.jeorgeholmes.com or www.divamontell.com. Limited seating!

Let’s not forget the ultimate gift of jewelry for your loved ones. Shop Shockey Jewelers, 18 Douglas Ave., Elgin Jewelers, 11 N. State Street or Sophie’s Jewelry, 125 S. Grove Avenue for that special Valentine’s surprise!

Calling All Elgin Eateries: JOIN THE MADNESS!

Join the MadnessThe Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to tip-off the 2013 edition of Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown, our award-winning, month-long, social media driven restaurant and bar promotion, where we pit the “signature” dishes from Elgin eateries and pubs against each other in a March Madness-style, social media-driven bracket tournament where your customers choose the winners round-by-round! For a complete overview of how the promotion works, please review the enclosed “Methods to the Madness” handbook.

Again this year, we are inviting all Elgin restaurants and bars – not just downtown Elgin ones – to participate and matching them up against our downtown venues in a battle for Elgin bragging rights! We are also expanding the field to 32 “teams” (16 downtown restaurants vs. 16 crosstown restaurants)and we would like to invite your establishment to participate.

To sign up your Elgin eatery or establishment for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown, please complete the Downtown Madness Online Restaurant/Bar Registration >

For more information about the specifics of how Downtown Madness works, click to read “Methods to the Madness” >

For a sample of how the Downtown Madness voting form works, click to play a “mock sample” of last year’s Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown Round 1 >