A new Mongolian barbecue restaurant is coming to the Randall Road corridor.
Jiang's Mongolian and Japanese Grill is expected to open along Randall Road in Algonquin in April or May.
The restaurant will be in a storefront in Algonquin Commons, at 1740 S. Randall, which owner Shan Hao Zhao plans to completely remodel into the new restaurant.
Zhao came to the United States 20 years ago, his translator and broker David Chen said.
When he was in his 20s, Zhao received extensive training in Chinese and Japanese cooking. Over the years he's perfected that art, and has worked to create appetizing dishes for his customers.
He currently owns a Chinese buffet restaurant in Villa Park.
The Algonquin restaurant, however, will be a little different.
There will be a 70-inch Mongolian grill, where the chef can cook as many as 10 meals at a time.
Customers can watch as he creates their meals on the grill from the ingredients they choose themselves.
"The customers can choose the foods they like, such as sliced meats, vegetables and sauces," Chen said.
Chen said Zhao chose the Randall Road corridor because he couldn't find many other Mongolian grills in the area, and thought his restaurant would be a great addition.
"He looked at many areas and spent lots of time in order to find the ideal location," he said. "The site in Algonquin Commons shopping center is an excellent area for his restaurant.
"He considered the store size and this spot is easily attractive to the customers. He also noticed a prosperous shopping center day and night."
He added that his crew surveyed residents in the area, and found they were receptive to this type of a restaurant.
Chen said Zhao is excited to introduce the concept, and his take on it to the community this spring.
Spring into wine tasting: Though it's still winter, Gibby's Wine Den in Geneva is planning ahead for spring.
The shop has already scheduled its spring wine tasting series, and the first taste will begin even before spring does.
The first of the Spring Twilight Tasting Series runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.
At the event you'll, of course, get to do some tastings -- six samples for $5. But you'll also get to relax and enjoy your wine to the sounds of local musicians.
On Feb. 24, the theme for the night is A Study of Syrah. You'll get to taste the subtle differences among the Syrah wines of France, the Syrah wines of California and the Shiraz wines of California.
The next in the series will be Friday, March 2, and called The World is Full of Pinots.
The series will continue on Friday, April 13, with Bordeaux Red and Whites, on Friday, May 4 with All Around Italy!, and finally on Friday, May 25, with Different Reds and Whites.
Gibby's is at 1772 S. Randall Road, Geneva, Suite 220. For information call (630) 208-6424.
Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from South Elgin to Batavia. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (847) 894-5036.