A year after staying it had no plans to move its Frankfort location, Starbucks this week will ask the village for a major planned unit development and a special use permit for outdoor seating at the former Burger King restaurant at 20811 S. LaGrange Road.

When Burger King closed in February of 2016, rumors were rampant that the Seattle-based coffee shop was planning to move into the building because it had a drive-through lane that its existing shop within the Frankfort Town Center did not have.

“Right now, we’re focused on serving the Frankfort area at our existing stores and have no store opening plans to announce,” a Starbucks spokesman said at that time in an email.

Miami-based Burger King did not respond at that time to an email asking about the reason for the restaurant’s closing. It had been open at the corner of Colorado and LaGrange for several years.

A public hearing on Starbucks’ request will be heard by the Frankfort Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals at 6:30 p.m. at Frankfort Village Hall on Thursday, June 8.

The coffee shop chain recently opened a location with a drive-through in Mokena near LaGrange and 191st Street.

Gaming cafe and wine bar coming to Summit

A new video gaming cafe has been approved for Summit.

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Lilly’s Café and Wine Bar has been approved for 7205 W. 63rd St., at the southwest corner of Harlem and 63rd Street.

The new venue will include video gaming and beer and, of course, a wine bar.

Mexican restaurant closes in Orland, Frankfort

El Pueblito, a Mexican restaurant with locations in Orland Park and Frankfort, recently closed both of its locations.

The Orland location at 9111 W. 151st St. opened about a decade ago, and the Frankfort location at 9645 Lincolnway Lane opened in 2014, according to Illinois secretary of state records.

Zembar Jewelers closing in New Lenox

Zembar Jewelers, which opened more than 25 years ago, is holding a going out of business sale and expects to stay open until June 24 at 1269 Cedar Road.

The store’s owner said the decision to close was based in part of changing shopping habits and an illness in the family.

“Lease is up and I don’t want to renew again. Moms in hospice. And people shopping online is increasing so less need for stores,” a company official posted on its Facebook page.

New liquor store opens in LaGrange Park

Cork Keg & Spirits, a new store that specializes in craft beers, wines and spirits, held its ribbon cutting and grand opening over the weekend at 1000 E. 31st St. It’s the second location for the store, which started in Rockford.

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Cork Keg & Spirits features hand-selected wines from around the world for under $20, with choices from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Argentina and Chile.

Officials from the Village of Lagrange Park, Lagrange Park Chamber of Commerce and Brookfield Chamber of Commerce attended the ceremony.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For information, call 708-998-2838.

Redtail Market opens in Mokena

Redtail Market has opened at 19830 S. LaGrange Road in the former Dollar Does It store in the Mokena Towne Center shopping center.

The store is a farm house/vintage boutique that carries a variety of items including clothing, jewelry, handmade/farm house style accessories and decor, refurbished furniture and more.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fun Zone opens in Cal City

The Fun Zone arcade opened earlier this year inside River Oaks Center in Calumet City. The arcade features video games and other games for kids.

Bob Bong is a freelancer.


Starbucks looks to move its Frankfort location

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