Mount Prospect trustees paved the way this week for what's being billed as an upscale Polish restaurant to open in the Mount Prospect Commons shopping center on the southwest side of the village.
The village board approved a liquor license for husband and wife owners Agnieszka Janowska and Dariusz Zychowski and their restaurant, Qulinarnia, at 1730 W. Golf Road.
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The restaurant will open in a space most recently occupied by Edible Arrangements. The license provides for the sale of beer and wine at dining tables.
The owners hope to open as soon as next Friday in a 1,470-square-foot space. Plans call for modern Polish cuisine served at six tables, with the restaurant open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
"We are so excited to be a part of the village of Mount Prospect and we are planning to move to the village of Mount Prospect, not only to do business," Janowska said.
Janowska, who has previously worked in insurance, said she and her husband, a plumber, have always wanted to open a restaurant. She put an ad in a Polish newspaper looking for a chef, and quickly got a response from one who emigrated from Poland five months ago.
The menu will include traditional Polish favorites like pierogi, but also upscale faire such as filet mignon -- with a Polish twist, Janowska said.
Mount Prospect Village Manager Michael Janonis said that with establishments such as Jelly Cafe and Retro Bistro in the same part of the village, "it's almost restaurant row down there."
The shopping center also includes the Black Cow Kitchen and Bar and Mina Restaurant.
Daily Herald staff writer Christopher Placek contributed to this report.