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Ream's owners open up parking lot, look to future

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:37 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – A truck from Ream's Elburn Market now sits in the parking lot on the east side of Route 47 in downtown Elburn, and – for now at least – customers of the award-winning meat market will have plenty of room to park in the downtown area.

Last month, a "sold" sign appeared in the lot, and the Reams said they were buying the lot, with the intention of moving across the street, a story we reported in the Kane County Chronicle.

Randy Ream on Tuesday confirmed that the lot now belonged to the Reams, but it will be a while before there will be any building. So, for now, the lot will be available for customer parking, with some rules – with parking allowed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

It's a prominent spot in the town – Vestuto Real Estate featured it as "the LAST buildable lot on Main Street in Elburn" on its website – and it was a focus for those who aimed to boost the number of parking spaces in town.

So what will become of the existing building once a new market is built and the Reams move across the street? Randy Ream suggested that it could be a restaurant of some type.

"It's kind of an old building; it's got a lot of character," he said. "I'm a jazz musician. I'll improvise. It could be a steakhouse. It could be a hot dog stand."

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