It might be part of a chain, but when Bar Louie opens in Geneva this weekend, patrons may feel like they've stepped into their own local bar and restaurant.
General Manager Josh Dry says people who've never visited a Bar Louie before will be met with welcoming employees, a rustic interior and a warm atmosphere.
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"It's like a working man's bar," Dry said. "It has a local bar feel, with an extensive drink menu.
"We use fresh juices, fresh ingredients and premium products," he said. "We have large sandwiches, great appetizers and a dynamic beer selection."
The bar officially opens Sunday along Randall Road in the Geneva Commons shopping center. It will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The business is right across from Potbelly, two stores down from Starbucks, and it faces Randall Road.
To welcome customers the first week they are open, Bar Louie is offering customers a free appetizer -- with one per guest, per day. They also are offering $2 signature martinis.
"We want everyone to get the feel for what the atmosphere here is like," Dry said. "Everybody is welcome here."
The perfect brunch: It's not too early to start thinking about Easter, at least not at the Pottery Barn along Randall Road in Algonquin Commons.
The store is hosting a class this weekend on hosting the perfect Easter or weekend brunch.
You'll get tips at the class on setting the table, creating centerpieces and more.
The class is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 10, at the store.
Attendees will get 10 percent off certain featured merchandise at the store.
Featured chef: The Williams-Sonoma along Randall Road in Geneva Commons will welcome chef Serena Purdue this month.
So after you learn all about setting your home for the perfect Easter brunch at Pottery Barn in Algonquin, you can head to Williams-Sonoma in Geneva the next weekend. There, you can learn how to cook food, which you can feature at your Easter meal.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, Purdue, from Niche Restaurant, will host a cooking demonstration at the business.
She will be making pistachio crusted lamb tagine, with Moroccan Israeli couscous, pickled eggplant and fresh cucumber.
She will show you a few of her secrets, too, to make the best lamb you've ever made.
The store will be hosting a raffle that day.
You could enter to win two complimentary three-course tastings from Niche.
The next day, the store will be hosting a hands-on seeding workshop.
The class will offer an introduction to gardening, including zones, seasons, and successive plantings. You'll also learn about hands-on seed starting.
The business will provide heirloom seeds, starter pots and soil. Participants will go home with five seed starts they've created.
Fees for classes at the store vary.
To make your reservation, call (630) 262-8390.
Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at email@example.com or (847) 894-5036.