Another Lincoln Park Restaurant Robbed At Gunpoint

Another Lincoln Park restaurant was robbed at gunpoint after closing time Tuesday. The hold-up bore similarities to two incidents last month at a nearby late-night taco stand.

Around 11:30 last night, an armed man entered the back door of Summer House Santa Monica, 1954 North Halsted, police said. The restaurant had been closed for almost an hour.

The offender made his way to an office area where he put a backpack on the floor and told workers to fill it with cash. He fled the scene with an estimated $20,000.

Police offered no description of the Summer House robber.

Taco Stand Hold-Up

On October 21, an armed robber entered the back door of a Taco Burrito Express at 2540 North Halsted after hours and took more than $2,000.

Exactly one week later, the same man returned to the restaurant’s back door and attempted to commit a second robbery. But the door was locked this time and he ran away empty-handed. Instead, the suspect robbed a nearby 7-Eleven store.

Images of a suspected wanted in the armed robbery of a Halsted Street taco stand.

Police issued an alert after the second robbery attempt that described the suspect as a black man between 28- and 39-years-old who stands 5’4” to 5’9” tall and weighs 180-210 pounds. He has a black beard and has been seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black pants and a black jacket with white lettering on the front and back.

The man has not been officially connected to the Summer House case.

Taco Burrito Express is located next to Kingston Mines, a legendary Chicago late-night blues bar.

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