The Silver Palm is a perfect compliment to its next door neighbor, the Chicago classic Matchbox, as the Palm offers space, clean air and a kitchen – all in a unique style. And since both establishments are owned by the same proprietor, they form a combined nightlife-entertainment center for a section of town that can really use it, especially with all the new condos going up. Plus, you can have your dinner in a train car. Who wouldn't love that? Silver Palm is the creation of David Gevercer, who has been a restaurateur since 1973, when he opened an eatery called "Gare St. Lazare" on Armitage, which was followed by "Bistro Europa" in Skokie. Gevercer then had an interlude from the restaurant business for several years while he was an executive chef and then the general manager for several country clubs. He opened the Matchbox in 1995 and is now is exhibiting his gastronomic talents at the Silver Palm.