Homewood attracting dining establishments in spite of pandemic

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In spite of the ongoing pandemic, Homewood diners will have four new possibilities obtainable in the coming months, including 1) the Saucy Crab at 17620 Halsted St., 2) EmpanadUs at 1941 Ridge Street, 3) Don Goyo at 17536 Dixie Highway and 4) Pita at 18155 Dixie Highway. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle) It is a complicated […]


In spite of the ongoing pandemic, Homewood diners will have four new possibilities obtainable in the coming months, including 1) the Saucy Crab at 17620 Halsted St., 2) EmpanadUs at 1941 Ridge Street, 3) Don Goyo at 17536 Dixie Highway and 4) Pita at 18155 Dixie Highway. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

It is a complicated time for dining establishments. COVID-19 and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s mitigation restrictions have slowed revenue and increased overhead expenditures. Opening a new restaurant ideal now may perhaps be even harder than keeping an present just one. 

In spite of that, Homewood is envisioned to see 4 new having establishments open up in the subsequent couple months with other individuals possibly subsequent in 2021. There’s no top secret to attracting those companies, though, village officials explained. 

“We just stored the discussions with owners going,” Village Director of Financial and Community Enhancement Angela Mesaros reported. 

EmpanadUs is an Argentinian cafe that started out in 2010 when the Schamber spouse and children begun offering an empanada with every single sale at a vintage apparel market place. It’s in the closing stages of renovation on a house at 1941 Ridge Road that will function as both of those a restaurant and creation facility.

Saucy Crab is a “rustic-themed cajun seafood boil” which will serve traditional southern meals at 17620 Halsted St., previously Roberto’s Men’s Outfits. It’s expected to open up shortly.

“I do not genuinely stress about the pandemic. I think every little thing is likely to be okay,” Saucy Crab president Jiyi Qui said. 

Pita Mediterranean Avenue Food items will provide rapid-relaxed delicacies at 18155 Dixie Freeway. Proprietors bought the house in June. Mesaros said Homewood focused Mediterranean meals for the space at residents’ request.

“Our intention is to have various consuming choices to provide individuals downtown,” Mesaros stated.

EmpanadUs owner Eric Schamber reported COVID-19 triggered delays in opening EmpanadUs. Shipping and delivery delays slowed the supply of devices and elements and contractors need to house out to guarantee social distancing.

There’s also the economic outcomes of the virus. Schamber reported the two EmpanadUs locations in Riverside and La Grange saw about a 60 percent drop in sales.

“At this place we have some self-confidence we will be ready to endure these difficult instances and maintain the workforce used but there is continue to a lot of uncertainty with COVID and the coming cold winter season months,” he said.

The strategy is to open up in Homewood early upcoming 12 months, Schamber reported.

Mexican restaurant Don Goyo has experienced a cafe at 17536 Dixie Freeway in the works since very last summertime. Building paused but not long ago started anew, and the village board authorised a liquor license past thirty day period.

Every of the dining places was incentivized to open in Homewood.

Pita was specified a $25,000 rebate in the village’s spots for taking in tax and a $30,000 reimbursement for a new grease trap. EmpanadUs will get a $25,000 destinations for ingesting tax rebate, a reimbursement of $30,800 for grease trap set up and 18.5% or $30,000 of other renovation prices.

The village suspended selection of the sites for taking in tax for all businesses for a few months in the spring and did so once more for November and December 2020 and January 2021.

Qui said Saucy Crab customers requested a Homewood location and village government’s support aided influence them. The Saucy Crab has eating places in Tinley Park, Evergreen Park and Grand Rapids, Michigan. It not long ago opened in Bourbonnais.

Schamber also cited Homewood authorities and Mayor Richard Hofeld in his reasoning for opening in the village.

Empanadus has experienced a booth in the village farmer’s markets for a long time and experienced been looking to open up a spot nearer to Chicago. Hofeld typically floated the thought of a Homewood place and named Schamber individually when the storefront on Ridge Street grew to become readily available.

“I would give complete credit history to Mayor Rich Hofeld,” Schamber reported. “We would most likely not have a long-lasting site in Homewood were it not for his foresight and perseverance.”

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