ELBURN – A sudden spurt of new development could bring the village a fresh assortment of food choices.
In coming weeks, Elburn’s busiest intersection is slated to welcome two new businesses, including a fresh seafood market and a cafe, in addition to a new pizza restaurant that opened recently.
Shopkeeper Ernesto Candia said he intends to open his new fish market, E&S Fish Market, at 151 E. Route 38, near the intersection of Routes 47 and 38, “in the next two to three weeks.”
Candia, of Carpentersville, has owned and operated the E&S Fish Market in St. Charles for the past four years. And in that time, business has been good, he said, as local residents have regularly frequented his store in search of fresh fish, oysters, mussels, sea scallops, soft-shell crabs and other selections from the sea.
“Everything is only two or three days out of the water,” Candia said. “It’s a little more pricey, but it’s so, so much better.
“And I feel like people in Elburn, they’re looking for something good.”
At the same time, work continues on the Brianna’s Pancake House restaurant in the same strip retail center in the storefront that formerly housed Ashland Flooring.
And earlier this year, GED Pizza opened in the storefront that formerly housed Elburn’s Genoa Pizza.
Owners of those businesses either declined to talk to the Kane County Chronicle at this time, or could not be reached for comment.
Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan said the arrival of the businesses marks the most significant new business development activity the village has seen “in some time.”
“It’s great to see,” Brennan said. “The more businesses that open up in Elburn, the better.”
He noted that the former Genoa Pizza was vacant “for many months,” until GED Pizza opened at that location.
Brennan also noted that he hoped to see Brianna’s restaurant open soon, as the owners have been working for months on renovating the interior and preparing the restaurant to receive customers.
The owners pulled a building permit for the project in late 2011, Brennan said.