The building that housed the former Starbucks coffee shop at 1250 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley, will soon be back in business.
Plainfield businessman Aby Mohamed plans to open a dual restaurant — Moe's Southwest Grill and Checker's Hamburgers — in the vacant location near the North Kinzie and Armour Road intersection.
According to the Bradley building permit, the location is undergoing a $250,000 facelift.
Mohamed is not new to the region. He is the owner of the Popeye's Chicken restaurant along Kennedy Drive in Bradley, which opened in December 2012.
The restaurant will operate similar to the Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell establishment in Kankakee. There the restaurant operates two separate counters.
Mohamed said he expects the location to be ready by mid- to late-February. He initially said 80 workers will be hired, but once things settle, he anticipates maintaining a workforce of about 35.
The restaurant will seat 50 and also will have a drive-thru window.
The Starbucks closed there more than a year ago when the coffee shop chain relocated to a new location just north near Northfield Square mall.
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A new used car dealership recently opened in Bradley.
Smart Buy Auto, owned by Mike Hadi, of Orland Park, opened the dealership in late December. The dealership has about 30 vehicles of the lot at 225 S. Schuyler Ave., the location immediately east of the West Broadway Street viaduct.
He expect to have a larger inventory of vehicles within the next several months.
He said the majority of vehicles will be priced at $10,000 and lower.
This is Hadi's first dealership. The location had been the former home of Right Way Auto, another used car dealership. Right Way closed two years ago.
Hadi said he has friends in the Kankakee area and he's often come here to fish in the Kankakee River. He likes the area and was informed about this location.
"It's a good neighborhood. There's good traffic, but I'm hoping to see even more," he said.
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A new bakery has opened in Manteno — Two Whisks Bakery — where a former bakery only recently closed.
Two Whisks, owned by Katie Regan, of Peotone, and Ross Fleckenstein, of Bourbonnais, opened the new location a few weeks ago at 119 N. Main St. The location was most recently occupied by Cakes & Pasteries by Jorie.
As a point of clarification, Regan, a 2009 graduate of Peotone High School, said the business name actually will not change until the Feb. 4 grand opening.
Fleckenstein's family has operated Fleckenstein's Bakery in Mokena since November 1977.
An event planner in Chicago for the past four years, Regan was looking for a change of pace and her own business to run.
"This is an amazing community. So many people have been so welcoming. This is a growing and thriving town," she said. "It has that great hometown feel."
Within the 1,200-square-foot shop, Regan, 26, and Fleckenstein, 47, will be offering a wide variety of cakes and cupcakes, as well as Danishes, muffins and coffee cakes. The bakery also will prepare many items by order, including wedding cakes.
But, she said, the shop's specialty will be cannoli, almond croissants, cinnamon rolls and kolaczki cookies.
The owners also are creating some dine-in space as well. She said there will be space for three tables, as well as a counter for sit-down customers.
Regan said the business will have a website, but it still is under development.