NORTH AURORA – After being closed for about a year, the Tastee-Freez restaurant at 17 S. Lincolnway reopened this week.
Gemma Joosse, 14, of Batavia, was a frequent customer at the restaurant before it closed. She was glad to see the restaurant open again.
“I was very sad when it was closed,” she said, after riding her bicycle to the restaurant Thursday.
The restaurant has a new owner. Ghulam Gharui purchased it in May after the previous owner got sick and had to sell the restaurant back to the Tastee-Freez corporation, said Sam Ali, the new manager of the North Aurora restaurant.
“People have been waiting for the restaurant to reopen,” Ali said. “They are excited as much as we are.”
He has worked for the chain for more than seven years, and previously managed a Tastee-Freez restaurant in Chicago.
“People come here for an experience, a good, family-friendly experience,” Ali said.
The North Aurora location of Tastee-Freez was built in 1967. The Tastee-Freez chain started in 1950 and is known for its ice cream, old-fashioned sundaes, strawberry shortcake and other items.
Ali said Tastee-Freez will be part of the village’s summer festival, North Aurora Days, in July.
“We want to be part of the community,” he said.