Heard It On The Street: Bradley diner transformed into Yolks Berries

Co-owner Lambros Proutsos stands inside his new restaurant, Yolks Berries, the former VIPS restaurant in Bradley on North Kinzie Avenue. The restaurant was closed 5 weeks for remodeling and officially reopened on Wednesday.

After five weeks of interior renovations and the creation of a new menu, a new restaurant opened in an old place Wednesday in Bradley.

Yolks & Berries, a breakfast and lunch cafe, 505 N. Kinzie Ave., opened in the location that was formerly VIPS Restaurant & Pancake House.

The restaurant remains under the same ownership of Lambros Proutsos, Harry Les and Nick Boutinas.

"Everything's new ... tables, chairs, decor, flooring, bathrooms," Proutsos said. "We're very happy with the way this came out. A lot of people are telling us this design and furnishing looks very warm."

The restaurant, long a mainstay in Bradley, seats 185 customers. Its new hours are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days per week.

The five-week renovation project began in late February and resulted in the establishment being closed. It reopened on an invitation-only basis for two hours Tuesday before it officially reopened to the public on Wednesday.

"We've been working hard to get everything together. It's been like an episode of 'Restaurant Impossible.'"

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The long practice of having photo portraits taken at Sears and Wal-Mart is becoming something people will only be able to talk about.

The national retailers have ended the practice at 2,700 stores across the country. The studios operated by St. Louis-based CPI Corp. were the studios affected. Calls to the Sears photo studio at Northfield Square mall in Bradley went unanswered Thursday.

In a letter to Sears Portrait Studio customers, Jim Abel, president and CEO of company's portrait studio, said the studios are now closed. Abel said orders for recent portrait sessions can be made at searsphotos.com through April 18.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt wrote in an email response to The Daily Journal that CPI informed the company of its decision to cease operations. "We are currently working to ensure customers received the orders that they have placed," she wrote.

The Bradley and Watseka Super Wal-Mart stores did not have a portrait studio. The Kankakee Wal-Mart studio closed about a week ago.

Editor's note: The Daily Journal's Lee Provost writes about business rumors, comings and goings, and other noteworthy interests regarding the local economy. Anyone with information to share should contact Provost at 815-937-3364 or lprovost@daily-journal.com.

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