ST. CHARLES – A cafe catering to those craving organic food is set to open soon in downtown St. Charles.
Kava Diem, which will serve organic food, coffee and cold-pressed organic juices, is slated to open in Fox Island Square at 1 Illinois St. in downtown St. Charles. The St. Charles City Council on Dec. 3 is set to vote on a request by owner Andrea Janes and manager Leah Jenski for a liquor license that will allow patrons to bring and consume alcohol at the cafe.
Although they are requesting the BYOB license, they plan to open the cafe with or without the license because their business plan doesn't depend on alcohol. Both Janes and Jenski have completed the training needed for an establishment with alcohol.
Jenski owns Salternative Spa in Geneva, which advertises itself as a "community alternative healing center offering various types of treatments and therapy services, as well as weekly classes and events."
According to their business plan, Kava Diem is a cafe offering a "fresh and healthy menu of organic foods and beverages."
"The main focus of Kava Diem is threefold: the cleanest and most delicious coffees and cocoas, meals with a wide variety of fresh and very tasty ingredients to satisfy any diet be it ketogenic, Paleo, vegan or any other and a cold press juicery with juices containing high levels of fresh and living nutrients," the plan stated.
Hours for Kava Diem will be from 6 a.m. to to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Kava Diem will join other tenants in Fox Island Square such as Eden on the River restaurant, The Wine Exchange and Kimmer's Ice Cream.
Kava Diem is not the only new business coming to the downtown. Husband and wife Corey and Laura Hebein, of Carol Stream, plan to open 100 Grapes at 106 E. Main St., across the street from the Arcada Theatre. The City Council's Liquor Control Commission and Government Operations Committee on Nov. 19 both recommended approval of a liquor license for the business and the full City Council is set to review the proposal at its Dec. 3 meeting.