Hecky Powell was the unofficial mayor of Evanston, Ill., a city that's the home of Northwestern University and Hecky's Barbecue, famous for its ribs and being the heart of the community it served. His sudden death in Japan after suffering a stroke caused chaos in the Singapore operations in Singapore. Swatow Seafood Restaurant also offers handmade Hong Kong dim sum. SIMON: I have to ask - you were married for more than 35 years. Nested in a tranquil land of South China, away from the city's hustle and bustle, Swatow is a prosperous and thriving city with its unique cultural background. He hired renowned chefs from Asia Pacific region to fulfill his passion. Once he passed - if a town had a king - and a surprise to me, the Sunday following his death, somewhere in the area of about 200 cars drove down my block releasing balloons, showing signs, tossing flowers, giving cards. We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020. How did the sociologists and the barbecue-ologist (ph) get together? SIMON: Cheryl Judice, her husband, Hecky Powell, died of COVID-related complications at the age of 71. He was 58. Scott Simon speaks with Cheryl Judice about her late husband, Hecky Powell. JUDICE: Well, thank you, again, for giving me the opportunity to do so. He contributed to so many groups and organizations. You are a well-known academic and sociologist. JUDICE: Well, barbecue came in much later. The French Quarter Restaurant is in uptown in Brevard Court. Before acting on any information contained in this presentation, you should obtain specific advice from an investment or risk professional, on what is appropriate for your investment or risk needs, objectives and financial situation. Hecky took a position as the executive director of this organization called CEDA/Neighbors At Work. Cheryl Judice was Hecky's wife and joins us on the line now from Evanston. Illinois Restaurant Owner Who Died Of COVID-19 Remembered By Wife Scott Simon speaks with Cheryl Judice about her late husband, Hecky Powell. Hecky had him come up to the restaurant, and Hecky really liked the guy. The Swatow Restaurant chain had 18 restaurants. SIMON: How did Evanston say goodbye to your husband, Hecky? We were invited to our neighbor's Passover dinner and I was getting vexed that Hecky was running late. SIMON: Tell me some of what Hecky did just to be nice to people in the community? JUDICE: Hecky was the kind of person that always gave more than people expected. It is not intended to be, nor should it be read as specific personal investment or risk advice. Coming from a Teochew background, our founder, Mr Jimi Tan reminisces the culture of his roots. SIMON: Yeah, well, I mean, it sounds like he became serious about the food. He died of COVID-related complications on May 22. Swatow Seafood Restaurant had Teochew cuisine as its forte. And I'm sitting there just waving to people, you know, with all this COVID thing, and I'm thinking, you know, Hecky would have loved this. We pride ourselves on serving the most authentic Teochew style. The material shown in this blog is for general information only. The colorful and exciting way of life consists of opera, music, gongfu tea and certainly, food. So things just began to grow organically in many ways, and that's how we got started. So apparently, Barack Obama called Hecky. And so he shows up to the dinner about 20 minutes late, and he comes in and before I could say what happened, he said, I know I'm late but I have to tell you all, I have just met the first black vice president of the United States. We are not representing or warranting to you that actual future results, performance or achievements will be as disclosed in the information and no responsibility can be accepted by us to any end users for any action taken on the basis of this information. Further, we disclaim any responsibility to update or provide you with revisions to information reflecting future developments, events or circumstances. La Scala Italian Bistro and Vittoria Prime Italian Steakhouse will go on without their owner, William Lalli, who died Sunday from complications of COVID-19. While all care is taken in the preparation of this material, no warranty is given with respect to the information provided, and accordingly no responsibility for errors or omissions, including responsibility to any person by reason of negligence is accepted by the owner/author of this website. He was 67. You know, you have to plan for the future. Thank you so much for speaking with us and for Hecky's life. JUDICE: Oh, yes, definitely. So I believe when he first met Barack, that was on a Passover. Around the same time, my mother-in-law, who has always been an excellent cook her entire life and then chef, she had been laid off from her job and she was looking for some more work to do, and his father as well was pretty much retired. But again, if he embraced whatever your mission was and he could help, he did - included, for example, donation of food. ... to owner … So Hecky and I bought the restaurant the year before we got married with the idea that his folks would run the restaurant, and it wouldn't be that big a deal because, of course, he was working right next door to it. Tony Vallone, long considered a pioneer of Houston Italian cuisine, has died, according to a statement from his restaurant. The day that Hecky went into the hospital, I closed the restaurant, and the flowers started coming and next thing I know, a lighted sign was there on the corner. You may wish to make a reservation with us at: Get a taste of Swatow and be swept away by a sense of poetic nostalgia. He would, I mean, reward students for making good grades, help people that had addiction problems. You don't run late to Passover dinners. I have enjoyed it very much. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. SIMON: How did the barbecue come into your lives? CHERYL JUDICE: Well, thank you for having me. Powell died of COVID-19. A young Barack Obama who was from the Hyde Park community of Chicago was out there community organizing and trying to get traction to get, you know, more into political life. He's - you need to see if you can get an appointment with him. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. JUDICE: Well, I don't think they are fully said goodbye yet. JUDICE: Both of us actually started off in social services. a change in management or change in control of business and, it is done either during the lifetime or upon the death of outgoing business owner (s), to ensure that business will be transferred smoothly with stability and certainty and for transfer of ownership and business control with as little hassle as possible, to prevent interruption while changes are occurring, whether in ownership of the business or buy-outs, to shorten the time taken to clear estate duty as the value of the deceased's shares is pre-determined; this should be incorporate together with a buy-sell agreement, to protect the business from forced liquidation in the event of the business owner's death or total and permanent disability or critical illness, enhances the overall worth of a business and protects its business value. We opened the restaurant October the 13, 1983 - with Hecky being there and the name was changed to Hecky's Barbecue and most people knew him anyway. Serving not just seafood delicacies in the evening, Swatow Seafood Restaurant also offers handmade Teochew dim sum in the day. When I realized that Hecky's is really an Evanston institution, the idea of not having Hecky's just is not anything that I can even conceive of. Moreno was the owner and chef of Restaurante Cuetzala Gro, 7360 N. Clark St., a colorful, family-favorite Mexican restaurant that has been a mainstay of the Clark Street business corridor. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. A man … People just kept leaving all kind of beautiful - floral tributes, cards, you name it, in front of the restaurant door. And consequently, at some point, someone said to him, you know, you need to meet this guy up in Evanston. Right next door were these storefronts and a friend of Hecky's who was in politics decided that Evanston needed to have a barbecue restaurant. A man killed under the wheels of his own car in a suspected road rage horror has been named locally as restaurant owner Manmeet Singh. So he started the restaurant, but then he discovered that while he was busy being a politician in Chicago, he was being robbed blind by the staff here at his restaurant. Established on 6th Aug 2010, Swatow Seafood Restaurant had Teochew food as its forte. (Laughter) It's just not going to happen. JUDICE: He indeed was, no doubt about it. So he decided that, you know, maybe I need to sell this business. And when it came to people in the community, Hecky always was about promoting young people, giving them their start in life. Get in touch to get more information about our product and services. Now, Rogers Park is left mourning a pillar of the local business community, after Moreno died last week from the coronavirus. What I'm hoping to do now is to make a few changes. Whilst we believe that the information is correct at the date of publication, you acknowledge that you are expected not to place undue reliance on the information. Thank you. He owned the legendary Evanston, Illinois restaurant Hecky's Barbecue. When it closed down, it created the loss of more than 500 jobs. JUDICE: Well, what happened was the restaurant took off. We've been profiling some of those people we've lost in the pandemic. And we met when Hecky was working on an aldermanic campaign and I was helping to take care of the daughter of the person that was running for alderman.