Because of the success of the measures taken at Weiss Plaza, business owners in nearby areas are beginning to follow the "Weiss Plaza model" in cooperation with the above entities to lower criminal activity in front of their own stores.
Papa Ray's Pizza & Wings, located kitty-corner from Weiss Plaza, sent this note to Uptown Update to explain what they are doing to help create safety in Uptown, and to offer a big incentive for UU readers:
"Just wanted to let you know that we are continuing to support and strive for a safer, gang-free, drug-free corner of Lawrence Ave. and Sheridan Rd. as well as the whole Uptown neighborhood. We will continue to do whatever we can including supporting the Alderman and police in their efforts.There you have it. If you'd like to support a business that is proactively working to create a safer community, here's one stepping up. We all know of local businesses that don't seem to care about the neighborhood. Here's one that does, and is offering a big discount on top of it all.
We have recently joined the ban of all gang members and drug dealers with criminal records from entering our restaurant. If they do, we will pursue criminal charges to the fullest extent of the law.
Furthermore, to show our support to you and your readers for helping make Uptown a better place to live and work, we would like to offer a 20% discount on any order (not valid with other offers, discounts or lunch specials) in which the customer says "Uptown Update."
That's it, all they have to say is "Uptown Update" and they will get our BIGGEST discount we currently have to offer. No tricks or jumping through hoops, just our way of saying thanks for continuing to support us and this very beautiful community we have here. This offer is good through April 30th.
Together we can make a difference."
Papa Ray's website is here. The address is 4757 N Sheridan and the phone number is 773-754-0394.