Shakil Hussain moved to the area from Karachi, Pakistan, about three years ago.
After moving here, the Algonquin resident noticed that if he wanted to get some of the tastes from home when dining out, he had to head all the way into Schaumburg.
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So he decided to open his own restaurant closer to his Fox Valley home featuring food from Pakistan, as well as Indian, Mediterranean and Asian food.
The restaurant, Barbeque & More, opened last month along the Randall Road corridor. It is at 2719 Algonquin Road, just west of Randall, in Algonquin.
"People are coming in and seeing us, and especially the Americans are coming in and trying it," Hussain said. "They like it."
Hussain said some of the popular dishes have been chicken satay and chicken kebabs, as well as other ethnic dishes like chicken curry, chicken biryani and basmati rice. All of the food, he said, is grilled at the restaurant and made to order. The restaurant is both dine-in and carryout.
"We can do special orders, too, and lunch combos. People think that's popular so far," Hussain said.
This is Hussain's first business, though his brother -- who sponsored his move to America -- owns a spice business and has given him pointers.
He invites everyone to come in and try the restaurant and maybe taste something new. Or, if they already are a fan of this kind of food, he said, now they won't need to drive too far to get it.
To reach Barbeque & More, call (847) 658-2337. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Trading spaces: If you're looking for Victoria's Secret at the Geneva Commons mall along the Randall Road corridor in Geneva, it has a new temporary spot.
While Victoria's Secret's new location is under construction, the store is open temporarily between Tilly's and Lane Bryant.
Soon, a Pink store will be moving into Victoria's Secret's former location in Geneva Commons.
Is it too soon? Summer isn't even over yet, but planners out there can get a sneak peek at what's coming this Halloween.
On Aug. 2, the Yankee Candle Store in Geneva Commons will be holding a Halloween Preview Party all day long.
You can check out its new collection of Halloween items on that day and prepare your home to smell and look like fall.
Help others: You can donate school supplies for the less fortunate this month at the Algonquin Commons mall along Randall Road. Supplies can be donated as part of Project Backpack through July 31.
The supplies will go to help students in Community Unit District 300. They can be dropped off at the Algonquin Commons mall office near Tilly's and Aeropostale.
In particular, organizers of the drive are looking for backpacks, scissors, folders, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf filler paper, black pens, rulers and crayons.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 894-5036.