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updated: 11/6/2012 10:43 AM

Juice bar to open in downtown Arlington Heights

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A juice bar will be opening in downtown Arlington Heights next spring, officials said Monday.

Pure Juice Cafe will open at 24 S. Evergreen Ave. for sit down and carry out of juices and some food items, the owners said.

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"We hope to bring the local community an exotic blend of fruits, grains, vegetables and sprouts that the natural world has to offer," said owner Paulina Koszlowska who will run the restaurant with her husband, Greg Woytowlr.

The couple lives in Mount Prospect and told the planning board they have been juicing for years and thought it would be a trendy and good idea for a small business.

"We will be a unique family-owned establishment," she said. "We will offer a very clever and creative menu with the majority of produce being delivered almost daily from local, preferably organic farms."

Koszlowska told the plan commission in October that Pure Juice would specialize in freshly made juices, smoothies, coffee and a few menu items including oatmeal, muffins and salads.

She said the 1,100 square-foot, family-owned business will also have gluten free and dairy free items.

"We've been juicing for years and we love it," Koszlowska told the planning board in October. "We've always felt passionate about it, so we're trying to turn it into a business."

The restaurant will also get interactive. Koszlowska said Pure Juice will offer juicing demos for kids and events for adults to promote healthy eating.

The new juice bar will be near the yoga studio in downtown Arlington Heights and owners said they hope to draw in those customers and other fitness-oriented people in the area.

The proposed hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The village board unanimously approved special use for the space to become a restaurant at its meeting Monday night.

"We greatly appreciate you coming to Arlington Heights with your business, we need more small businesses like this in town," said Trustee Thomas Hayes. "We wish you the best of luck."

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