New eating, drinking establishment for downtown patrons

By on September 16, 2011

Photo: Michael Mills, vice president of E&H Acquisitions, Inc., asked the village to allow him to open a full-service restaurant and bar in the former Glidden Drug Store and Party Animals/Edward Jones office downtown. Photo by Ben Draper

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—It looks as if Elburn residents will have another place to eat and drink after the Village Board gives the final go-ahead next week for a special use permit to allow a restaurant and bar to open on Main Street.

Michael Mills, vice president of E&H Acquisitions, Inc., asked the village to allow him to open a full-service restaurant and bar in the former Glidden Drug Store and Party Animals/Edward Jones office downtown.

Mills is no stranger to the restaurant business—his mother, Audrey Hansen, has operated Alice’s Place, Elburn’s popular ice cream shop, for 19 years.

“Basically, I’m looking for a casual dining experience that has a mix of tables and booths,” Mills said at a recent Planning Commission meeting. “Something to complement what my mother already does in town.”

Mills said the establishment would also serve alcohol and provide entertainment a few nights a week.

Some Plan Commission members questioned whether yet another restaurant in town would succeed and commented that the menu—sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta and steak entrees—sounded a lot like that of Papa G’s.

“It’s like doing a Dairy Queen across from Alice’s,” Commissioner Ryan Sauberg said, “with the three restaurants we already have.”

But Mills assured the board that he’s lived here for 34 years and believes he is in tune with what will work.

“I feel like this will work,” he said. “I wouldn’t invest my money if I didn’t think it would work.”

The special use request will be included on next week’s consent agenda for approval by the full Village Board.