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Arby's, other projects slated for fall 2019 opening in Yorkville

YORKVILLE – United City of Yorkville officials will receive an update on a proposal to construct an Arby's restaurant in the city.

Lynn Dubajic, the city's economic development consultant, said ahead of a Tuesday, July 2 city economic development committee meeting that the restaurant is among several projects that are slated to be open this coming fall. She said Yonas Hagos, the franchisee for the new Arby's, told her that he anticipates starting construction later this month.

“And it’ll be three months from the time they start construction to the time they open,” Dubajic said.

The restaurant, which will locate in the former Hardee's at 1508 N. Bridge Street (Route 47) was originally set to open this spring following the initial announcement of the project in September 2018. Dubajic said the opening date was pushed back to fall 2019 due to some difficulties in closing for the property.

“It's just part of the process,” Dubajic said.

Dubajic said other projects that have an anticipated fall 2019 open date include the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, along with craft beer business Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe and Burnt Barrel Social, a local restaurant that will also serve small batch whiskey. All of those projects are within the Kendall Crossing development near NCG Cinema at the northwest corner of Route 34 and Route 47.

In other development news, Dubajic said the Lenny’s Gas N Wash project has a new site in Yorkville. She said the business has put in special use applications with the city for a more than five acre parcel under contract at the northeast corner of Route 47 and Waterpark Way, which is next to Raging Waves Waterpark.

The public hearing for the project, which initially drew resident criticism for its original proposed location at the southeast corner of Route 34 and Sycamore Road, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road. Dubajic said she anticipates the process continuing through October or November, with the developer's goal to begin construction this fall.

“They want to get going right away because they want to be open … by Memorial Day next year,” Dubajic said.

According to a memo from Dubajic, there also is an interested party that is looking to lease the former Capitano's Deli space and open a quick-serve restaurant that would specialize in fresh, healthy meal options by fall 2019. She said on Monday, July 1 she will not release the name of the "experienced business owner" behind the project until the details are all sorted out.

Dubajic also said the contract is still being negotiated for Popeye's but she declined additional comment on Monday, July 1, about the potential new location of Popeye's and the timeline of that project. That comes after she told city officials during the city's economic development committee meeting last month that the restaurant most likely would be within a free-standing building instead of the former Subway space in the Fountain Village Shopping Center on the south side of town.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

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