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Plans for Oberweis, That Burger Joint proposed for Algonquin

3 restaurants would be built on Randall Road lot

This rendering shows a complex proposed for Algonquin, including Oberweis Dairy, That Burger Joint and Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria.
This rendering shows a complex proposed for Algonquin, including Oberweis Dairy, That Burger Joint and Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria.

Be prepared to loosen your belts.

Algonquin soon could be home to an Oberweis Dairy, That Burger Joint and Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria. All three are owned by the Oberweis company.

The village’s Committee of the Whole recommended approval for the 5,000-square-foot complex Tuesday night.

The Village Board will vote on the item at its next meeting, which will be at 7:30 p.m. June 5 at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive.

The new building, set to be built on a vacant lot at 235 S. Randall Road, would house all three eateries north of Wendy’s and south of BMO Harris.

The complex would have outdoor seating with a “decorative” iron fence and drive-thrus for all three shops. The building would have a common entrance facing west toward a parking lot, according to village documents.

To “unify the building visually,” a common masonry foundation would run along its base.

“Staff believes that while having three distinct façade treatments on a retail building of this small of a size is unique, it does serve to provide visual interest and reflects Oberweis’ intention to present a sort of food court offering to clients,” a village memo from senior planner Benjamin Mason said.

Mason said he’s “very excited to have them coming to town.” Construction could begin this summer.

Trustee Jim Steigert said he’s happy to see a business finally moving onto vacant land.

“We welcome any business, especially restaurants that come into Algonquin,” Steigert said. “They’re going to occupy [an area] that’s been vacant for a long time. It’s good to see a business coming in and moving into this space.”

The site, an outlot in the Kaper’s East subdivision, was platted in 1989, village documents show. The area is home to grocery stores and other fast and casual food chains.

North Aurora-based Oberweis was not available for comment Thursday.

Oberweis Dairy products, including ice cream shakes and malts, are free of artificial growth hormones and antibiotics, according its website.

That Burger Joint is a fast and casual chain serving burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches.

Woodgrain pizza specializes in 90-second personal pizzas made in an 800-degree oven.

Steigert said there’s “no doubt” the complex will be popular with locals.

“If it’s kids with parents, they’re going to want ice cream, malts, milkshakes, whatever it may be,” Steigert said. “People have a choice of a burger or pizza, and then it’s only natural to have a little dessert after.”

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