Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Find out all of the progress the Village Board made at its bi-weekly meeting on Monday, July 23.
The Village of Frankfort is trying everything they can to keep the development of Mariano's Fresh Market continually moving. On Monday, July 23, the Village adopted a resolution authorizing the execution of a First Ammendment to Mariano's Fresh Market Re-Development Agreement between the Village of Frankfort and Bradford Equities LLC. "We became aware in the final negotiations between the developer and the current land owner that there was an issue with guaranteeing the land installation timing of the stop lights that need to be installed to access the area," Trustee Doug Walker said. "So, the Village has stepped up to backstop that portion of the agreement." The Village will be "on the hook" for penalty provisions if that light is not …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Enrico's Italian Dining will serve its final dinner at its LaGrange Road location Aug. 15, the restaurant's owners announced Saturday. Where the Frankfort institution will be moving to after that is still a mystery.
The last day to eat in at Enrico's Italian Dining's current, historic location on LaGrange Road will be Aug. 15, although where the culinary institution will be moving to after that hasn't been revealed, according to a restaurant press release sent Saturday. In the interim, the owners—Harry and Bob D'Ercole—have been working with the restaurant's staff to find temporary work in between August's closing and Enrico's eventual reopening some time in the future, the release stated. How the catering side of Enrico's business will be affected was not mentioned in the release. READ: Land Deal Could Give Enrico's a New Location Enrico's has been in the process of relocating since the D'Ercoles finalized a land deal with the developers from Mariano…
Sunday, July 8, 2012
From the school district budget issues to the approval of a new grocery store, Patch lists the village headlines that got people talking in the first six months of 2012. Did your top stories make the list?
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- Joe Vince
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Six months have been crossed off the calendar. That's half a year put into the history books. With six months left (minus a few days) in 2012, I've decided to look back on the year and compile the top five Frankfort stories and events that had readers talking … so far. To put the list together, I considered factors such as overall community effect, long-term repercussions and reader views and comments. The list itself is in no particular order. Don't think these stories deserve to be here? What stories did I miss? Put together your own top five list and share it in the comments suggestions. What's Your Favorite Frankfort Business? Nominate it in Patch's Readers' Choice Awards: Two Ways to Stay Connected to Frankfort Patch:
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Still have questions about the new grocery store coming to Frankfort next year? We point you to where you need to go to get them answered.
It's not often that a grocery store grabs attention past the current's week sale. But when it's a grocery store that could potentially create 400 jobs and open up an area for future retail development ... well, that tends to raise a few eyebrows. And that's certainly what's happened with the Village Board's approval for Mariano's Fresh Market to build a new location in Frankfort. READ: Want More Business News? Check Out Our Section That Focuses on Frankfort's Financial Community Village officials and representatives from Mariano's, a chain of high-end grocery stores in the vein of Whole Foods, have been working since January to figure out the logistics of bringing the store to Frankfort. That's long time to keep track of how this deal went…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Patch puts a different spin on its What Should Go Here? feature. Instead of featuring an empty storefront, we look at a restaurant in need of a new location. Tell use where Enrico's should call home.
One of the biggest ramifications of Mariano's Fresh Market building a new grocery store along LaGrange Road is that it was ousting Frankfort landmark Enrico's Italian Dining for the location it's been at for almost four decades. READ: The Mariano's Fresh Market Section Follows the Project From Announcement to Approval The restaurant needs to move thanks to a deal the owners—Harry and Bob D'Ercole—made with Mariano's developers, selling the property Enrico's sits on. Although the eatery's move is being spurred by the new grocery store, finding a new location for Enrico's was becoming an inevitability, Harry D'Ercole has said, adding that the restaurant had outgrown its space. A new location for Enrico's hasn't been chosen yet, but the D'…
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Now that Mariano's Fresh Market is coming to town, is there room for a fifth grocer? What do you think about the stores that are already in town? Which one is your favorite? Take our polls and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Now that Mariano's Fresh Market is officially coming to Frankfort, readers have been wondering one thing: Is this too many grocery stores for the village? READ: Catch Up on Patch's Coverage of the New Store in the Mariano's Section Mariano's will join Aldi Foods, Jewel Osco, Dominick's and Walt's Food Center, and the five grocers will be located within a mile of one another. That's not counting Berkot's and Brookhaven in Mokena and Target's grocery store in Tinley Park. Can a village Frankfort's size support all these stores? We've added that question to one we previously asked readers about where they shopped for their groceries in Frankfort. Take both of our polls and share your thoughts in the comments section. The following was …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The travel agency, which has been in Frankfort for 32 years and at its current spot for 8, will move to nearby Bankview Drive, south of Harris Bank, the owner said Wednesday.
Enrico's Italian Dining might be the biggest business being displaced by the eventual arrival of Mariano's Fresh Market at 21001 LaGrange Road, but it's certainly not the only one. De Paulo Travel, which has been in Frankfort for 32 years, will move to a larger, more modern location at 103 Bankview Dr., this weekend, owner Sue De Paulo McFadden stated in an e-mail Wednesday. The travel agency will be closed Saturday, June 9, in order to wrap up the move, so doors can be open Monday, June 11, she wrote. Read: Enrico's Owner Says Restaurant Will Be Moving, But He Doesn't Know Where Because she doesn't own the building or lot at 20951 LaGrange Road, where her business has been for the past eight years, McFadden said the property's owners, …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Harry D'Ercole, an owner of Enrico's Italian Dining, said they're still deciding whether to move in to an existing site or build at a new location. And while he'd like to stay in the village, D'Ercole said Frankfort isn't the only area being considered.
With Mariano's Fresh Market officially coming to Frankfort, it might be a foregone conclusion that Enrico's Italian Dining will be moving from the location it's been at for the past 38 years. But what's not as certain are the details surrounding where the popular Frankfort restaurant will end up. "We're definitely going to be moving," Harry D'Ercole, a co-owner of Enrico's, said in a phone interview Tuesday, June 5. "Now our quest is to find the new location for the restaurant." VOTE: Can Frankfort Support Another Grocery Store? The cause for the move is a land deal between Enrico's owners and Bradford Development, the developers behind the new Mariano's location. D'Ercole and his brother, Bob, agreed to sell a parcel of land on the east …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
It's official: Mariano's Fresh Market, an upscale grocery store, will be coming to Frankfort. What does this new development mean for the economic future of the village?
After laying out what the Frankfort Village Board needed to vote on to approve the building of a 73,000-square-foot upscale grocery store at 21001 LaGrange Road, Trustee Mike Stevens encapsulated the future of the project perfectly. "You might thing we're finished, but we're just getting started." READ: Follow Patch's Coverage of the Project in Our Mariano's Section The board unanimously passed measures at Monday's meeting that will bring a Mariano's Fresh Market to Frankfort. Construction on the upscale grocery store could begin as soon as this summer, with a target opening date of either late spring or early summer of 2013, said Steven M. Pagnotta, the president and CEO for Bradford Development, Mariano's developer. While hailing Mariano…
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Frankfort Plan Commission recommended Thursday that the village board approve plans to build an upscale grocery store at 21001 S. LaGrange Road.
For about three months now, village officials and the developers for Mariano's Fresh Market have been meeting to hammer out the details that would bring a location of the high-end grocery store chain to Frankfort. READ: Mariano's Could Bring About 400 New Jobs to Frankfort Those weeks spent navigating local ordinances, zoning issues and architectural guidelines with village staffers are on the verge of paying off after the Frankfort Plan Commission recommended Thursday for the village board to approve the new, 74,000-square foot grocery store development at 21001 S. LaGrange Road. A public hearing was held before the commissioner's voted, but there were no comments from residents. The project is scheduled to go before the board for a vote …