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New Algonquin restaurant named after grandchild

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  • Georgia's Restaurant is named after Georgia Kulubis, who will turn 3 in July. The Algonquin eatery opened Monday.

      Georgia's Restaurant is named after Georgia Kulubis, who will turn 3 in July. The Algonquin eatery opened Monday.
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By Amy E. Williams

Roamin' Randall

Children have been known to inspire many grand ideas.

This time, it was a 2-year-old who inspired the new Georgia's Restaurant along Randall Road in Algonquin.

Harry Kulubis' family owned a successful restaurant for more than 20 years, many years ago.

But since that time, he said, the family's eating habits had changed, and they weren't making the best choices at mealtime.

Introduce the birth of a new generation almost three years ago -- the first granddaughter in the Kulubis family, and Harry Kulubis' first niece -- Georgia.

Looking at that sweet child, and the whole world in front of her, they realized their eating habits needed to change. They realized they needed to eat healthy, and teach her healthy eating habits, Kulubis said.

And that, he said, is what inspired the new Georgia's restaurant, which opened Monday in the former IHOP restaurant location along Randall, just in front of Walmart.

The restaurant, he said, is all about better taste, better nutrition and better food.

"We take good care of the food and it's good tasting food," he said. "We say, 'If it's good enough for Georgia, it's good enough for you.'"

Kulubis owns the restaurant and runs it with his family.

If you stop in, you're likely to see his parents, his sister and even the restaurant's namesake, Georgia, who will turn 3 in July.

Georgia's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Some of the healthier featured items on the menu, Kulubis said, are organic, cage-free eggs, and 100 percent pure maple syrup.

But you can pretty much find anything your taste desires, he said.

In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant also serves beer and wine.

Those of you who frequented the old IHOP won't recognize the inside of the new Georgia's, Kulubis said.

"It's 100 percent redecorated on the inside," he said. "Nothing is the same."

Kulubis said he has been looking for a spot to open a restaurant, and was thrilled to find the IHOP space on Randall Road.

"We feel like this location picked us, almost," he said. "It was perfect."

The restaurant is at 1470 S. Randall Road.

Rock out with Dirty Dan: Don't forget, just one week from today marks the beginning of the Summer Concert Series at Geneva Commons along Randall Road.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, Dirty Dan's Cook Rockin' Daddies will perform at the outdoor mall.

You can find them and all of the Summer Concert Series bands in the courtyard at the mall between Big Fish Grille and Houlihan's.

The concerts run every Wednesday and Sunday from June 1 to June 26.

As part of the concert series, Big Fish Grille will be offering specials every Wednesday and Sunday before and after the shows.

They'll have 50-cent oysters and half-price appetizers.

On Wednesdays, they're also featuring "Wine Down Wednesdays" with half-price bottles of wine.

For the Sunday concerts, they'll have Crazy Crab Sundays with one pound of Alaskan King Crab legs on sale.

• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at or (847) 894-5036.

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