What Should Go Here?

The vacant restaurant at the corner of Center Street and Route 83 could host a great potential of businesses, according to the site’s broker.

The building at the corner of Center Street and Route 83 has been sitting empty for eight months. It's previous tenant,

Matt Baines of Interstate Realty, which is the broker for the property, said they have had interest from several different business owners. “We have had a local sandwich shop, a Mexican restaurant from the city, even a national gas station chain has considered it,” Baines said. “But, we don’t have any deals yet.”

What would you like to see in this location?

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Patrick July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM
This corner is cursed- I've seen my fair share of businesses come and go in the 20 years I've lived here- none of them ever very successful...
Pete Mule July 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Personally, I've always wanted a KFC locally. With the northbound evening commuter traffic and the general heavy traffic load, I'd think it would do well. If anything goes in foodwise (in my opinion) it's got to have a drive through to do the volume necessary to survive. Not a technician though and don't know whether there is adequate space for one.
Nightcrawler July 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I'd like to see something that would pull people from outside the community. Like Harrison's Poultry in Glenview. Or a fresh produce market. Please, no more fast food joints.
Aaron July 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Agreed, no more fast food. Would like to see something local, unique to extend the downtown Grayslake experience down Center Street.
Jody Turcotte July 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I would LOVE to see a Trader Joes in town!!!
Johny July 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
20 years ago it was a Hardee's. That didn't survive and nothing since has either. No wonder they were apparently selling more than food out of the last one. Don't think there is the space for a Trader Joe's or the like although that would be great.
Jeff July 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM
an indoor gun range!!
Susie July 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Not Mexican, we have plenty of delicious Mexican restaurants around here including Rudy's just down the road. A gas station would make me sad. How about a good deli or bread shop with coffee? A new pizza place? A Pita Inn?
catalina10 July 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
How about a Health Food Store/Juice Bar?
zipzap1 July 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
A Beer Market north, Binny's, a decent bike shop that serves coffee, drinks, etc. Keep fast food away. Casa de Issac north would be awesome - Rudy's tatses like every other mex joint in the area.
Brad Faxton July 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I got it, I got it, I got it! A tanning salon, dry cleaners or cell phone outlet.
Mary Burks July 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Tony's Butcher Shop could move and add produce and a bakery. I'd love some place like that. Does anyone know what is going in on the corner of 120 and Lake - where the florist used to be located? They seem like they are doing a lot of work to the building???
kathleen July 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
PITA INN was my thought, exactly!!! I have to travel to Wheeling to get my falafel!
Brandi Kornit July 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
No more Pizza, Burgers or Hot Dogs, PLEASE!!!! With the coming of Penn Station, I think we are set on fast and greasy food. I would just like to thank you for asking the community their thoughts. As you can see we are a community that travels for quality. It is time for quality to come here and join some of our wonderful new restaurants in the downtown area. Can't wait to see what exciting new venture will book-end our Center Street. Also, please feel free to visit our Village Hall and ask to see the results of the study done a couple of years ago done by a consulting firm. This study gave a terrific outlook on the needs and wants of the residents of Grayslake, through a survey.
Nightcrawler July 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Or something equally unusual. Like a Walgreen's.
Pam Pavlik July 11, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I agree, no more restaurants - our local restaurants already have too much competition. We don't need anymore banks, and a gas station would look horrible. I would love to see a quality health food shop in Grayslake!
Ravana July 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
An Indian, Mediterranean or African restaurant
Nightcrawler July 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I like that idea. Offer free membership to all those wacky posters on the "Concealed Carry" article. Maybe they'd hit each other.
Jack July 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
A decent bakery!
Myrtle Pringle July 12, 2012 at 01:47 AM
A Portillos!
Softball Jim July 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Here is an idea. Tear it down as well as the house behind it. Build a nice restraunt/steak house, with enough parking. It would do well......
Virginia Thake-Elliott July 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM
A bakery, I hate running everywhere else to pick up a dessert
James santonelli January 01, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Penn Station isn't greasy fast food, It isn't fast food at all. Fast food is McDonalds ect. Lets be reasonable on what we call places. Penn Station is a good quality place for a good sandwich. I agree though with the no more "fast food" comments
Laura Gielow February 04, 2013 at 02:08 AM


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