ST. CHARLES – A Batavia gelato shop is headed to St. Charles later this summer, one of its owners said.
O' Sole Mio, 27 N. River St., Batavia, plans to open a second shop in the former Dolce Bakery and Cafe site located at 131 S. First St., said O' Sole Mio co-owner Tory Chiappelli. The second location could be open late this month or by early July.
"It's an amazing location for us ... we're really looking forward to being a part of St. Charles," Chiappelli said on Monday.
Chiappelli said the property manager for the St. Charles location is in talks with representatives of one of Dolce's former owners about obtaining the former bakery's equipment. The Chiappellis would like to make use of the equipment for their second location.
Gelato production would move from Batavia to St. Charles, with a third production shift added in the evening, Chiappelli said.
The St. Charles O' Sole Mio will be open during the day and have late hours for the bar and theater crowd, Chiappelli said. In addition, the restaurant will offer sandwiches-to-go, salads, an espresso bar and possibly a full traditional bar.
O' Sole Mio will retain the same customer seating as Dolce, but there will be no wait service. Dolce first opened in 2009 as Il Giardino del Dolce, which is Italian for “The Garden of the Sweets.” The business changed hands twice before closing in March.
Once Chiappelli has a lease in hand, she plans to paint the St. Charles location, meet Kane County Health Department requirements and obtain a liquor license.
Chiappelli said O' Sole Mio gained exposure after its gelato was ranked 17th in the country this year while vying for a chance to represent the U.S. in a world Gelato competition.
"We had cities from all over looking for us to open a shop in their [area,]" Chiappelli said.
O' Sole Mio opened in Batavia in 2013. Chiappelli, her husband Andrea Chiappelli and business partner Tony Natale are the owners.
O' Sole Mio is hiring for its Batavia location and its forthcoming St. Charles location. To apply, please go in person to 27 N. River St. in Batavia to fill out an application. O' Sole Mio opens at 11 a.m. every day of the week.