Monday, April 23, 2012
Owner Mike Jaber, of Frankfort, said he's fulfilling a lifelong dream and hopes to open within the next couple of weeks. The restaurant will fill the location left by Wynder's Hot Dogs.
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 Lincoln-Way Central. 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 …
The restaurant closed earlier this year along Route 30, but what would make a good addition to the strip center across from Lincoln-Way Central?
Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs, a local favorite to New Lenox, closed in February 2012. The hot dog joint was in the Hickory Creek Plaza across from Lincoln-Way Central High School, making it a popular stop for students. The owner put part of the blame on the Route 30 construction, so a new business would need to weather that project. Recently, Tropical Smoothie Cafe opened in the same strip center. Do you think a second restaurant would fit well in that plaza? Or should something else go there? What should go here? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Owner Terry Johnson said Route 30 construction contributed to the closing of Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs, as well as investors who didn't want to move forward. Still, he's hopeful there will be future opportunities to expand the brand.
Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs in New Lenox closed last week, but owner Terry Johnson is hopeful for future opportunities to market his trademark franks. The restaurant closed last Friday, Feb. 10, because his business partners "decided to throw in the towel," Johnson said. He also pointed to the widening project on Route 30 as a reason the business couldn't continue. "It came suddenly because of the additional year of road construction," Johnson said. "I'd like to give a thanks to all the customers we had during the time we were open. I want to express my gratitude and my regrets." Despite this setback, Johnson is excited for potential opportunities in the future to license and distribute the spiral-cut hot dogs. In a previous article, …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
This week, your local editors tried brats at restaurants in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox. After we give our reviews, let us know who you think has the best wurst.
This week, local editors Joe Vince (Frankfort), Paul Dailing (Mokena) and Michael Sewall (New Lenox) tried bratwursts at restaurants in their Patch towns. Read our reviews below, learn how to post your own and comment for a chance to win a gift card to a local restaurant. Ratings: 1 = Blah to 5 = Delicious! The good: It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Frankfort's premiere German restaurant would serve a tasty bratwurst sandwich, full of flavor and not greasy. Chef Klaus' does the traditional brat a little differently, eschewing the standard bun for toasted German rye bread and cutting the brat in half as well as down the middle. I heartily endorse both changes. It's the perfect dish to have during Chef Klaus' Oktoberfest. The bad: The…
Monday, June 27, 2011
New Lenox is home base for Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs, which will soon be found across the country.
The owner and star employee of Wynder's Spiral Cut Hot Dogs, Terry Johnson, chats easily about his hot dogs, background and family. He shares tales of impulsive travel, hiking through a bamboo forest and an intolerable boss who looked like Abe Lincoln. With his winsome smile and his white socks rolled down (in an effort to bug his teenage daughter, he says), it seems that Johnson missed his calling—he could have been a writer or professional storyteller instead of hot dog stand proprieter. However, one taste of his patented spiral cut hot dog makes it clear that Johnson made the right choice. Johnson learned his way around a kitchen while still a high schooler in Tinley Park, where he worked at Charleyhorse. His next step was Toby's in …