The lunch scene in Algonquin will be getting some news players over the next few months and losing one popular spot.
Bubs Subs, which has become a popular family-owned sandwich shop on the west side of Algonquin, will be adding a second location on the east side of the community.
It will open Jan. 4 next to Starbucks at 1534 E. Algonquin Road in Algonquin.
The popular eatery, which is filled with hungry diners from lunch time through dinner time, will fill a spot formerly held by Quiznos, just as it did when Bubs opened its first spot on the west side of Algonquin at 260 S. Randall Road.
Owner Dominick Pulli said he wanted to add a second spot because Bubs has become so popular in the village. He wanted to make his great food available to more people by making it as convenient as possible
“I definitely knew I wanted to do something else in Algonquin so I’ve been keeping my eyes on all of the available properties in the area,” Pulli said. “I wanted to grow Bubs Subs into something very big, and you can’t do that without expanding. I want to keep growing it because everybody’s been loving Bubs Subs. We’ve been successful so far, and we want more people to eat our delicious homemade food.”
Since Pulli secured his new spot, he’s been working on getting it ready for the grand opening early next year.
He said people who stop into the east side Bubs can expect the same great food, quality and freshness they’ve become accustomed to at the eatery’s Randall Road locale.
The Return of Luke's
Another new lunch time favorite will be opening soon in Algonquin.
Luke’s, which for many years was a popular hot dog and beef joint along Route 31, will be reopening, Algonquin Senior Planner Ben Mason said.
The business, at 1202 S. Main St., should be opening soon, Mason said, though he does not have an exact date.
Dante's Leaves Algonquin
Another popular spot for hot dogs and more soon will be leaving the village.
Dante’s, 10400 Route 31, will be around until December.
Then the restaurant is moving to Carpentersville and merging with the Luke’s Beef restaurant — which is not related to the Luke’s that will be reopening in Algonquin. Dante’s will begin doing business in Carpentersville in February.
Dante's Owner Harry Canellos said he and employees at Luke’s have been friends for 30 years, and decided to go into business together.
Canellos said he has had trouble negotiating the lease at his Algonquin location and feared his business would decline because of the traffic from the Western Bypass project.
Already, he said, business has been down 6 percent each month since the construction began, and he expects it will only get worse as the project continues for the next couple of years.
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“I worked hard to establish my business and I don’t want to go backwards,” Canellos said.