SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove is experiencing growth in the number of business owners wanting to call the village their home.
In addition to a new Culver's restaurant that will be coming to the village later this year, a new restaurant called Amelia’s could be in the village’s future.
Ronald Saballus came before the Village Board during a meeting May 16 to discuss a special use permit in order to reopen the property located at 1942 W. U.S. Highway 30 in Sugar Grove for restaurant use. The special use permit would include permitting alcohol service and live entertainment.
Saballus is also the owner of the Bull Moose Bar and Grille in Sandwich. Bull Moose is known for its hamburgers and has won awards for the best burger in the past. Saballus plans on having an airport theme for Amelia’s décor.
One of the decorations they plan on having in the restaurant includes a large stainless steel propeller from World War II. Improvements for the location will include expanding and repaving the parking lot, purchasing new kitchen equipment, planting 31 trees on the property, painting the exterior and creating an exterior patio, among other projects.
Amelia’s will have around 32 employees, similar to Bull Moose. Saballus is thinking about offering breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
“It needs to look like a respectable restaurant,” Saballus said. “We will have healthy choices for sides, including broccoli and apple slaw. We’ll also offer fries and onion fries with entrées. We like to buy produce from local farmers and support the community. We are going to do karaoke, bingo and trivia nights. We will also have blues bands from out of Chicago to expose residents to different kinds of things. It has been a pleasure working with you [the Village Board]. I’ve been before many boards, and you’re a pleasure to work with.”
Trustee Rick Montalto has visited Saballus’s restaurant in Sandwich and mentioned several things he enjoyed at the Bull Moose.
“I went to the Bull Moose a week or two ago,” Montalto said. “They have good food, excellent service and the prices are reasonable.”
No final decision was made on the special permit request from Saballus. The Village Board will have its next meeting June 6.