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Goody’s might close in St. Charles

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
A new Dunkin' Donuts location has been proposed for the Goody's Restaurant building, located at 2057 Lincoln Highway in St. Charles. The proposal is headed to the planning and development committee Monday.

ST. CHARLES – For 15 years, Goody’s Fast Food has sat in its prominent spot at 2057 Lincoln Highway in St. Charles, building a reputation through its deep menu and the car shows it has hosted during summer months.

The restaurant could be closing soon, as a deal is being worked out to convert the building into a two-unit building, in which one area would become a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The other would be available for another business, said Marv Vestuto of Vestuto Real Estate.

Lorenzo Alba, one of the owners of Goody’s, stressed that the deal isn’t done yet. The St. Charles Planning and Development Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday on the plans, which is listed on the agenda as a minor change. Plans will call for a drive-­thru for the Dunkin’ Donuts.

Alba said the building has been for sale for a while, and the restaurant is a family business with his brothers. It remains open, and Alba said he has enjoyed the relationships that have been built with those who visit.

“We have customers who have been coming here since they were little kids,” he said. “Some people might miss it.”

Alba said some family members would like to stay in the restaurant business, perhaps at a smaller place and maybe in a location nearby. Goody’s sells pizza, sandwiches, melts, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, gyros, salads, fish and croissants.

“We have some good food here,” he said. “We might specialize in something – Italian beef, chicken sandwiches.”

Alba said the restaurant has been called Goody’s since the brothers took over the site. Previously, it had been a Hardee’s restaurant, and Alba said another owner took over and called it Goody’s. Alba said he understood it was named after a chain in Greece.

He said the car shows, known as “cruise nights” came about because a customer brought the idea forward.

“I noticed that people liked it, and I thought it would be good for business,” he said, adding that it had been a popular feature.

Vestuto has Dunkin’ Donuts clients for this building, as well as in Elburn, where one is scheduled to be built this year on Route 47, near the Jewel store in the village. Also, he said there are new Dunkin’ Donuts locations possible at other nearby locations, in Pingree Grove and Elgin.

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