ELBURN – The potential addition of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Elburn has local officials hopeful the deal will go through.
The iconic doughnut and coffee shop is proposed for a vacant lot by Jewel-Osco on Route 47 by the Elburn Crossing subdivision.
The Planning Commission recently approved a drive- thru special use for the project.
“The village can’t wait to welcome Dunkin’ to our community,” Village Administrator Erin Willrett said in an email.
Village President David Anderson said the Dunkin’ will give residents and others passing through another a new place to stop. He estimated it would be built and ready for business next year.
“That will work out real good for some of the construction folks on the Anderson Road extension and the bridge,” Anderson said. “The workers who are building it will have another place to get a fresh coffee and doughnuts and breakfast.”
Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan said Jewel is reviewing the architecture and must sign off on it.
“It is contingent that it match the facades of buildings in the Elburn Crossing subdivision,” Brennan said. “This is lot 3, which Jewel owns. They want it to blend in like the bank does.”
The special-use request is tentatively scheduled to go to the Village Board at its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Planning Commission Chairman Jeffrey Metcalf said.
“They will take our recommendation under advisement,” Metcalf said, adding he expected it to be approved.
Metcalf said the architectural design as proposed will blend in with existing architecture in color and design.
“The architect that works with the franchisee was very, very aware of what everybody’s expectations are, going out of their way to make sure everything blends in very well,” Metcalf said. “We are extremely enthused. This is a very nice addition to what is there in the strip center now. ... I just think it’s going to fit really well right there.”
Metcalf predicted it would a successful Dunkin’ Donuts, with support from Elburn traffic and traffic coming from DeKalb on Route 38, as well as north and south traffic going to the Metra station.
“It will be very visible from those portals,” Metcalf said. “I’m real excited about it and the jobs we hope it creates. Every time there is something new coming into town, we get excited as planning commissioners, because it’s rare and we welcome it.”
Personally, Metcalf likes chocolate frosted donuts from Dunkin’ as well as the coffee.
“I love the coffee – oh my gosh – I like it nice and rich, strong coffee with cream,” Metcalf said. “And the doughnuts. I like straight-up chocolate. I’m a basic guy, nothing too fancy.”