In 1973, 26-year-old Chicago native Alex Dana purchased an existing luncheonette in Chicago's Loop. Although business at the "store" was good, Dana wasn't satisfied. Actually, Dana had a different vision for the location: a full service restaurant. A "joint" that operated from early morning until late at night, a place that offered great food and lots of it, excellent service from friendly people and warm hospitality beginning at the front door. Being raised in a family of restaurant owners it came as no surprise that a new Chicago legend was in the making.