An internationally known food-testing consultant plans to build a 60,000-square-foot laboratory at Crete Park of Commerce, located in a special taxing district at Steger Road and Illinois 394.
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#1 Mar 25, 2011
Yes that is great news for Crete
Can we please get some restaurants out here
besides Harolds Chicken Shack
Nothing against northwoods or subway but it would be nice to have a bit of variety
please someone put a restaurant by kohls or something
how about an egg and i - tired of not having a decent selection of restaurants
no i d dont care of words are spelled wrong or grammer this is not school its a forum
#2 Mar 25, 2011
I think Crete's better positioned than Steger, Beecher, Peotone or Monee. You have the restaurants you mention in the Steger Rd. strip mall. Then you have Patrick's View the latest new restaurant above the old bowling alley (been there, very nice, worthy of "showing off" to visitors). Jason's for drinking and food, Mini's for breakfast & lunch, Annie's Cafe which is also a "destination" type of place to have a unique experience, Smokeys for great ribs.
Supposedly another fast food is in final stages of going near Kohl's. Hopefully it'll be something I like. But I wish an Applebee's or something like that would go there!
BTW: you cannot just "get" a restaurant to come to Crete. Do you think the village sits around and says "I never thought of getting a restaurant to come to town". The restaurant has to feel that they can make money coming here. There isn't a huge population around here (and some of that population never goes to sit-down restaurants). And although they can go on I-394, it is considered a "under-utilized" expressway. Route 30 into Indiana probably carries 10 times the traffic that I-394 EVER does!
#3 Mar 25, 2011
I have to differ with you
I drive Illinois 394 all the time and at all hours
There is not a chance us route 30 in Illinois carries 10 times the traffic in the area you are speaking
What do you mean by under utilized?
Yes I have heard comments that the village of Crete has made it very hard to get a license for a restaurant, this is to keep the small village charm.
There is a spot someplace on the net that has traffic counts for highways and I am sure your figures are inaccurate for us 30 in Illinois (section between 394 and the illinois line)
Crete has what 7000 or 8000 residents not counting
probably draw from about 25000 within a 10 mile radious that is pleny .. at least i would think so but maybe your correct.. just curious
#4 Mar 25, 2011
I remember having a study somewhere around here ... I think it was the IDOT study they made when considering whether to turn I-394 into a exit-only expressway (something I personally wouldn't be thrilled about). The traffic counts classified an expressway of that size as "under utilized" -- an IDOT term for the daily total of cars for the mileage and lane count. Expressways that are "under utilized" don't need additional lanes, etc. I work locally and travel I-394 at all times of the day. There's times I pull up from a side road south of Steger Rd, look both ways, and there isn't a single car in either direction. Looks like some kind of apocalypse movie! Yes, there's an hour or two in the morning and evening with a rush, but that's it. I have never once been on Route 30 going east into Indiana and seen no traffic. I think at 10:00 at night Route 30 has more cars than I-394 does at 1:00 in the afternoon.
I haven't heard anyone say that Crete makes it tough for restaurants. I think they're probably at their max for liquor licenses. I'm not sure what the process is to get more liquor licenses. What is it that you've heard -- why is it hard to open a restaurant in Crete? I'm also curious!
There might be a population here, but for a sit-down type of restaurant? I like going to Round the Clock, right in the heart of Sauk Village. You'd be lucky to see 1 table with black people. It's almost always all white patrons. I don't know if restaurants look at demographics...
#5 Mar 25, 2011
Yeah me and my wife go to that restaurant for their breakfast food. good place.. I still disagree with whoever it was that posted 394 being less busy than us 30 .. i just dont see that.. work from home and run appts all day and travel at all hours and usually its busy .
i can now fully understand what under utilized means
in regards to a road being built and the traffic count is not at capacity.
the information i heard for whatever good it may be was when mcdonalds was being built. I had heard the owners of that franchise had to work something out with the village about not having fast food restaurants near them.. we moved out here in 2006 so that was before i was in the area...
wish i could find the web site with the traffic counts because i am sure they are higher than the poster thought.. us 30 east of rte 394 may be busier because of the truck terminals its not like alot of folks are heading into ford heights for shopping or socializing.. kidding of course.
#6 Mar 26, 2011
I had heard that some companies, like Walt's, didn't have to pay taxes for over 25 years if they built in Crete.
#7 Mar 26, 2011
well isnt that just wonderful.. of course if i think about that
would i not want walts here in crete,
just out of curiosity- what was in crete before walts?
only been here for 5 years ..
#8 Mar 26, 2011
Never heard that about Walt's. If a business locates in a TIF district, then they get a portion of their property taxes rebated. But Walt's is not in a TIF district. Boy that would suck if Crete's not getting much tax out of it -- OTOH that land was all unincorporated to begin with, so ANY revenue that comes out of Walt's would have been "new" to the village.
Crete: so you're saying that McD's wanted Crete to guarantee no competition could be built near it, Crete resisted, and you think that was a bad thing for the village to do? I don't know ... I think I would resist that too. Again, I never heard that either, so I'm not trusting that it's true.
#9 Mar 27, 2011
you have never heard of a mayor and board doing what they want to do?
#10 Mar 27, 2011
Oh of course I have! I'm just not following "Crete's" line of thought. He says that Crete makes it hard for restaurants to open here. And his example is that McD's was asking the village to effectively guarantee that they wouldn't allow any competitors around them.
A few things bug me about that.#1: I personally wouldn't be in favor of that request! Hey, if you can't take competition then why are you in business?#2: McD's did come here. So what does that mean? Does "Crete" know if the village agreed to not letting competition come in? I think Subway came in afer McD, didn't they? And the DQ? They're not far from McD. And they've been actively trying to get another fast food on the other side of 394 and according to rumors is pretty close.
So I'm sorry, but I'm not following the logic. Is "Crete" saying that we don't have restaurants because the village agreed to not let anyone compete with McD's? Again, doesn't make sense because things have opened up since McD's came here.... If you can explain for me, "you know who", let me in on it!
#11 Mar 28, 2011
I remember reading something in the Crete Record a few years ago about how the village had some agreement with Mcdonalds where there cannot be another fast food place similar to mcdonalds within the village. I'm not sure what the article was saying or what it was all about, but I just recall reading that specific statement and being suprised about it. Myself, along with most of the other residents of this town all agree we need more of a variety around here. With gas prices on the rise, along with other factors, most people around here probably don't feel like driving all the way to Orland area, or other far places just to get some good, and something different. You can only eat at places like Northwoods, Smokey Joe's and Mcdonalds so much. Something like a Chili's, Culvers, or even an Arby's would be great to have close, around the new development by 394/Richton Rd.
By the way, I was suprised when I saw a new restaurant where vic's on main use to be. I didn't hear anything about it, nothing in the papers or anything. Hope it stays put for a while.
#12 Mar 28, 2011
That is the same thing i heard about mcds
Granted I like mcds and i like subway and even northwoods
but why on earth would you not have more variety is beyond me.
Its not like mcds needed a non compete clause
how silly for crete
it gets bad when i go to subway and they know exactly what i want and mcds i think i know all the workers hours..
harolds - not my cup of tea.. wish they had that pizza joint there at least.
that chicken is just gross
never knew this patricks place was open either
but there sure seems to be traffic at the kohls developement and room for a panera or egg and i .. something..
#13 Mar 28, 2011
Well, it IS a strong rumor that another fast food place is close to signing a deal and it was always discussed as being wanted over by Kohl's, so if there was a non-compete it's either over or doesn't extend to the other side of 394!
I haven't gone to Harold's yet. My brother says he tried their chicken and didn't like it. So I probably won't bother.
Crete Rez: Oooh! An Arby's! That's what I would like! I desperately want an Applebee's. But as I mentioned before, I remember that Crete is out of liquor licenses. I think I read an article that when the Spano's Family Fun place wanted to serve beer. I don't know what the process is, I doubt they can simply add more licenses without some kind of public hearing. Could be wrong.
Yeah, "Patrick's View" (above the bowling alley) isn't officially open yet. They're having a "soft opening" to iron out problems before they start a full advertising campaign. I only found out because my sister knows one of the guys and she told me! To the end of March, all their lunch sandwiches & wraps are 1/2 price. I went there for lunch on Friday, had a wrap, and loved it. Great french fries too.
#14 Mar 28, 2011
I think this is great!!!
#15 May 6, 2011
Whats with this new Mcdonalds drive through with the double lanes? Seems kind of odd to put that there. Wouldn't be surprised if there are tons of fender benders there. Overall though, the renovation they did looks nice.
#16 May 8, 2011
I HATE double drive-thru lanes. And yes you're right -- I was at the one in Richton Park with my truck. As I pulled forward after ordering, a car to my right either decided to try to beat me to the window or he didn't see my big truck and ran into the back end of it. Not a scratch on my truck because he went underneath it with his small car. Scratched up his hood pretty good. Everyone behind us was pissed because they had to wait. And another time at that same one (I think they were the first in our area to get the double), I got a totally wrong order. I'm sure I got whoever was on the other lane.
Stupid, stupid idea. But I love the new inside! Very nice!
#17 Sep 16, 2011
Would anyone have an interest in a Mexican Restaurant in Crete?
#18 Sep 16, 2011
I would rather have a Chinese restaurant!
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