Coffee shop headed to downtown Elburn

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – When Tony Cobb would drive his daughters to the Elburn Forest Preserve, he said he would take note of a building that had housed a bakery shop in Elburn’s downtown area as he turned on North Street to go toward the preserve’s parking area.

Eventually, the Elburn resident decided to take a closer look, understanding that the building was for sale. He said he noticed that it looked nice inside and “everything was already there” at the shop, which had been the home of Made From Scratch.

Cobb, who owns Riverview Banquets in Batavia, is poised to open a coffee shop in the downtown location at 2 S. Main St., Elburn. The shop, which Cobb said will be called the Corner Grind, should be open by May 1, though he said the opening could be done in April.

“We’re not in a position where we have to open right away,” said Cobb, who noted that his place would have a different kind of style. He said there will be new flooring and a new theme.

Cobb said the Corner Grind will feature specialty coffees, as well as baked items for breakfast and specialty sandwiches for lunch. Cobb, who called himself a “coffee-holic,” said his family owns a large roasting company based in California, and he will introduce the beans at the store.

Plus, he said, the Corner Grind will fill a need in Elburn.

“It’ll be a place to hang out in Elburn,” said Cobb, who noted that he had lived in Elburn for 14 years and “there’s really no place to go downtown for a cup of coffee.”

Cobb called it a great location “by the train, right in the center of town.”

A large “sold” sign now hangs at the location, featuring the name of Kevin Geary from Advanced Realty Consultants. Geary, also a Sugar Grove village trustee, said he had taken the listing in July. He said there was interest, but many were looking to rent. He said Cobb bought the building, which includes three commercial spaces and two residential spaces.

Cobb’s existing business, Riverview Banquets, is at 1117 N. Washington Ave. in Batavia. Its website describes the business as “a full-service banquet facility,” located “on the scenic Fox River in Batavia.”

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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