Just a couple months after Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs closed in New Lenox, a new restaurant is set to open in the spot across from .
The restaurant, called Goodburger, could open within a few weeks. Owner Mike Jaber, a Frankfort resident, said the only hold-up is final inspection and licensing approval.
Jaber grew up around restaurants because his father operated some, and he said it's a lifelong dream to open his own. So much so, in fact, that he already had a lot of the necessary kitchen equipment stored in his garage just waiting to be used.
"I just knew I was going to do it someday," he said. "This is what I've always had a passion for."
Jaber was a truck driver for about 18 years and said he always drove by the Hickory Creek Plaza, located on Route 30 across from the high school. He lost out on the location before but jumped at the chance when he saw .
Recently, in the same strip center. Jaber said he thinks Goodburger will compliment that restaurant because they offer such different kinds of food.
Goodburger will make fresh burgers, not frozen patties, and also offer charbroiled hot dogs. There will also be a gyro machine and a kids menu.
"I'm trying to bring the taste of the city to the suburbs," Jaber said.