Honeyberry Cafe, a new breakfast and lunch restaurant, has opened on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, where the former Max & Erma's sat empty for more than five years.
"I have been in Arlington Heights for 40 years and it's a good town so we thought this was a good idea," Panagakis said.
Honeyberry Cafe, 306 E. Rand Road, serves typical breakfast dishes, salads, paninis and wraps along with daily fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice. Prices range from $6 to $10 for meals.
"We've only been open a few days, but it's going better than we expected. We've had a lot of friendly people," Panagakis said.
Business and Development Coordinator John Melaniphy said he thinks the formerly-vacant space looks "spectacular' and that he's glad to have a great tenant like Honeyberry join the shopping center.
Honeyberry Cafe is open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.