A four-tenant commercial building is slated for construction on land located in Naperville’s commercial corridor along Ogden Avenue, with two restaurants already listed as tenants.
The city Planning and Zoning Commission gave his recommendation during his last meeting to a series of conditions for an 8,300 square foot building in the Eastgate Outlot development at 1199-1299 E. Ogden Ave. The plot is near H Mart and Dollar Tree.
Two new restaurants
James Sean Devine with developer Norcor Naperville Associates LLC announced the two confirmed tenants at the meeting. Both are increasingly casual restaurants that have a presence in the Chicago metro area.
“They are signed tenants,” Devine said. “These are the ones we have a lease for.”
Naansense, a fast-casual restaurant offering Indian-inspired cuisine, is one of the restaurants on site. Co-owners Hiran and Viral Patel operated two restaurants in Chicago, but closed both locations at the start of the pandemic.
The restaurant has since sprung up in a new Chicago Loop location in the city and is branching out into the suburbs with the planned spot in Naperville, as well as a new location in Oak Brook.
Kura Sushi, which has a location in Schaumburg, is the other named tenant in the Eastgate Outlot. The company, which has a total of 37 locations across the United States, sparked the most discussion at the recent commission meeting, as tentative plans include drive-thru.
As is the case with many municipalities, Naperville’s zoning code includes provisions for detailed reviews of drive-thrus, in part because of the impact they can have on traffic entering and leaving the site. .
Devine said Kura Sushi expects the drive-thru to operate as a pickup window for advance orders, rather than a traditional drive-up and order-style window. These types of windows, he said, proved popular during the height of pandemic protocols. A dedicated outdoor location for motorists to easily pick up their food would complete the overall operating plan, he said.
However, Devine pushed back against the idea that a drive-thru lane in the Kura Sushi space would have a huge impact on the surrounding parking lot and beyond. He said about 10% of the company’s revenue is generated from takeout orders.
“This is no ordinary sushi restaurant,” Devine said. “The attraction is to go to a restaurant. It is really a central element of their operation.
Devine noted that the restaurant would feature touchscreen ordering, a rotating sushi bar and delivery robots.
Two open slots
At this time, Devine said there are no announcements from the other two tenants in the Eastgate Outlot project. The intention, he said, is for traditional retail businesses to be housed in both spaces to complement the pair of signature restaurants.
After years under the radar at the hands of abandoned or underutilized buildings, Ogden Avenue properties under the microscope have seen a resurgence in recent years.
The project was punctuated by a new Costco built on the site of an old Kmart. When the wholesale retailer announced its plans for the Ogden Corridor in 2020, Mayor Steve Chirico touted it as a mechanism to spur additional development in this area.
Commissioner Bruce Hanson, who chairs the Planning and Zoning Commission, said he was pleased with the latest sets of plans. “We appreciate all the changes,” Hanson said. “It looks great there.”
The commissioners’ recommendation is now submitted to City Council for consideration.
For Naperville News 17, reports Dave Fidlin.
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