The Honeyberry Cafe closed earlier this year after three years of serving breakfasts and lunches in Arlington Heights, but a new breakfast restaurant already is open in its place.
Gail's Carriage Place, which also has locations in Des Plaines and Buffalo Grove, opened at 306 E. Rand Road in Arlington Heights shortly after Honeyberry Cafe closed its doors.
Honeyberry did not have a license to serve liquor, but on Monday new owner Gail Janczak was in front of the Arlington Heights village board to request a license for full-service liquor sales. Janczak said the license will allow her to sell beverages like mimosas during brunch at the 240-seat restaurant.
"It's not something I think we would do a lot, but I do get asked for it," she said.
Janczak said she may consider keeping the restaurant open for dinner, after it gets through its first year.
Right now Gail's Carriage Place is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. Under its liquor license, the restaurant would be able to sell liquor starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays and 8 a.m. the rest of the week.
The village board recommended approving the liquor license, but will take a final vote on it at their next meeting in October.
"Thank you for opening this business," Trustee John Scaletta said. "I think it's a great location for a restaurant like this."
Before Honeyberry Cafe, the Rand Road spot was empty for five years. It previously housed a Max & Ermas restaurant.