Two exciting new businesses will be moving into Elmhurst this summer, and we can’t wait.

Fry the Coop will be opening at North Ave and Route 83. The restaurants serves Nashville hot chicken—fried chicken slathered in a spicy sauce, ranging from mild/no-heat to super spicy (made with the certifiably world’s hottest chili, the Carolina Reaper). They serve chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, chicken and waffles, and their popular donut fried chicken sandwich, which is served on a glazed doughnut.

This is the second Fry the Coop location for Villa Park native Joe Fontana. His first restaurant in Oak Lawn opened in 2017 and has been an instant hit. Fontana grew up cooking meatballs with his grandmother and felt fried chicken kept with that traditional home cooking theme. He keeps the menu small to ensure the quality, and the chicken is fresh, never frozen, and hand breaded daily. In addition to chicken, Fry the Coop serves a handful of sides and a rotating selection of craft beers.

On a different scale, but equally exciting is the new At Home home décor superstore set to open in late summer in the former Kmart space on Route 83. Designed to make decorating affordable and fun, the 103,000-square-foot space will feature more than 50,000 home decorating items, including furniture, rugs, housewares, patio furniture, and a wide selection of seasonal décor.

The store focuses on a wide range of affordable items, with about 400 new products coming in every week. Based in Plano, Texas, this is their fifth store in Illinois. A location in Geneva opened in May to rave reviews.

We love seeing vibrant new businesses move into our community! And we’re looking forward to relaxing in a redecorated space after a delicious fried chicken dinner!

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