Elburn close to bringing in Dunkin’ Donuts

By on November 8, 2013

ELBURN—The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise is one step closer to coming to Elburn, after the Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval for a drive-thru.

The restaurant would be located in front of the Jewel-Osco, in the lot at the northwest corner of Prairie Valley Street and Route 47, otherwise known as lot three in the Elburn Crossing Subdivision.

The front of the building would face east onto Route 47, with the drive-thru on the west side, facing the Jewel. There are plans for an outdoor seating area to the north of the building.

The architect, Diane Duncan from Gleason Architects, represented franchisee Vishal Vagahani at the Plan Commission on Tuesday. After a public hearing solicited no negative comments, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval for the special use application to allow the drive-thru.

The request for the special use next goes to the Village Board for approval.

Plan Commission member Sue Filek said it was good to see lots of room for the cars, stating that the parking lot and the drive-through for the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 64 in St. Charles always seems so crowded.

Vagahani operates four other stores, including one on Route 59 in West Chicago, Ill. The Elburn location would be considered a satellite store, with the majority of the donuts made at the West Chicago location. However, fresh muffins would be made in Elburn.

Duncan told the commissioners that she will work closely with the village’s Building Commissioner, Tom Brennan, on the colors for the building’s facade.

“We want to be in harmony with the existing stores,” she said.

Duncan said there are currently no plans for a Baskin Robbins connected to the restaurant, but the building has the potential for such an addition in the future.

The Plan Commission had only one question for Duncan.

“When?” asked Plan Commission member John Krukoff.

Duncan said that once the approvals and plans are all in place, the actual construction should take about three months.

“It’s all good,” Plan Commission Chair Jeff Metcalf said. “We’re halfway there.”

“We appreciate that (Vagahani) picked Elburn,” Krukoff said. “Too bad he won’t be open for the Christmas walk.”