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Economic Development Updates and Success Stories

Economic Development Updates and Success Stories

Mar 12

New Business Update: Throw Nation Comes to Elmhurst

Posted on March 12, 2019 at 5:13 PM by Erin Jason

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Throw Nation, an American fare restaurant featuring guided, customized experiences for guests including Axe Throwing, the Balls in a China Shop Game Show, Beersbee, Foot Bowling, and Stump among other amusements is hoping to open their next location at the site of the former Arena Restaurant (630 W. Lake St.). Proprietor Marty Parker, the man behind Chicago's popular GameShow-GameShow, multiple escape rooms, and eleven other established axe throwing businesses across the US is excited to bring his Throw Nation concept to Elmhurst. Their online booking system allows guests to book a custom experiences weeks in advance while at the same time catering to walk-in guests.  Perfect for competitive socializing and corporate events, Throw Nation offers something for everyone at every skill level, luring guests with the promise of action oriented evenings with "nail biting moments, knee-slapping fun, and cheers of victory."

The business is currently in the liquor license process; those participating in axe throwing would be limited to no more than two glasses of beer or wine during the course of the 1.5 hour excursion. Throw Nation operates under strict safety guidelines with one trained employee for every 12 axe throwing participants; the "Axe-perts" guide participants through a step by step process from entering the range until their turn is finished with permission needed for each step of the process. Guests are not allowed to enter the range if they are intoxicated. Upon completion of the liquor license process Throw Nation plans to begin build out of the restaurant with the hopes of opening by September 1, 2019.

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Nov 15

New Business Update: Johnny & Tony's Italian Beef & Pizzeria Now Open

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:45 PM by Erin Jason

Johnny & Tony's Italian Beef & Pizzeria is now open at 426 N. York St. The new restaurant offers homemade Italian beef, char-grilled Italian sausage, thin crust tavern style homemade pizza, Vienna red hots, and more. Johnny & Tony's is open for dine-in lunch and dinner, carry-out, and limited area delivery. During their Grand Opening, pizza by the slice is available all day and full pies are available after 4pm. Watch for their homemade Italian Ice to arrive on the menu next Spring!

Sep 20

New Restaurants Update: Culver's Franchisee Makes Application to Come to Elmhurst

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 9:39 AM by Erin Jason

A Culver's franchisee desiring to bring Culver's to the north York Corridor has made application with the corporate office to bring the popular restaurant to Elmhurst. The next phase in moving the process forward is to seek zoning approvals from the City for the required drive-thru and signage. Culver's is a family-favorite restaurant known for their butter burgers, Wisconsin cheese curds, and fresh frozen custard. In addition to those favorites, Culver's features center-of-the-plate entrees, sandwiches, and an ever changing menu line-up packed with a variety of great taste! Culver's plans to demolish the existing on-site building, a former Burger King, and open a new restaurant on the site in early summer 2019.