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updated: 5/7/2013 5:15 PM

Biggby Coffee, Campbell Street Dogs now one restaurant

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  • The Daily Grind Grille in downtown Arlington Heights.

      The Daily Grind Grille in downtown Arlington Heights.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Daily Grind Grille Manager Scott Johnson serves up hot coffee and a muffin for the morning commute.

      Daily Grind Grille Manager Scott Johnson serves up hot coffee and a muffin for the morning commute.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer


Two local men are combining the concepts from two closed businesses to open a new downtown Arlington Heights restaurant and coffee shop this week.

People who miss the drinks at Biggby Coffee, 21 S. Dunton, and the hot dogs and sandwiches from Campbell Street Hot Dogs can find their favorite foods at the Daily Grind Grille, which opened Tuesday at 5 W. Campbell St.

Biggby closed April 30 after a yearlong rent dispute between franchise owner Tim Mickelson and the landlord, while Campbell Street Hog Dogs closed last year, said former Biggby manager Bob Reotutar.

Now, Reotutar and Keith Kottke, owner of the former Campbell Street Hot Dogs, are together at one location.

"We're going to have the gourmet coffee beverages, the lattes, the higher-end blends that people really liked," Reotutar said.

Favorites from Campbell Street Hot Dogs -- named for local schools and sports teams like the "Dryden dog" and the "Arlington Aces burger" -- will still be available.

"We like to keep the local flavor," Reotutar said. He and Kottke are both from Arlington Heights.

The menu will also have muffins and breakfast items as well as sandwiches, salads, chili, mozzarella sticks and pizza puffs.

All Biggby employees have moved to the Daily Grind Grille, Reotutar said.

In 2010, Kottke purchased 5 W. Campbell St., which used to be the Riviera, a downtown lunch staple for more than 30 years.

Biggby Coffee Shop, a national franchise, opened that same year and started serving coffee at the downtown Arlington Heights train station -- a satellite part of the business that will continue although the main location has closed.

While the employees and menu items are similar to Biggby, the former coffee shop's owner Tim Mickelson is not involved in the new enterprise because of a noncompete clause with the corporate owner.

Daily Grind Grille will be open 6 a.m.-9 p.m., weekdays; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.

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