The owners of Good Earth Market, which has been closed for about a year, are planning to open a new store at the same location, with a new name and a new design.
Edelweiss Market will share the building at the corner of York and Vallette streets with another business, according documents submitted to the city of Elmhurst. Store owner Regan Cronin is asking for a new liquor license to sell packaged wine and beer, as well as serve alcohol on the premises. The license granted to Good Earth in 2009 has expired.
"The existing building will be divided into two spaces, allowing an additional tenant to occupy its south side," according to the liquor license request signed by Cronin. "Much like its predecessor, Edelweiss Market will be selling fine wines and ales, bakery goods, gourmet deli meats and cheeses, fresh cut meats from the butcher, specialty grocery items and prepared foods, but all with the influences of a European Market."
According to a floor plan attached to the request, the second tenant is listed as a Children's Center. Calls and emails for more details on this business were not immediately returned.
The former seating area at the main entrance of Good Earth will display wines in "custom-built wood shelving," and the seating area for patrons will be moved to the east side of the market.
"We will be furnishing a small bar in this space, as well," the letter states. The "Bier Garten" will be situated in the greenhouse, where the proprietors will continue to sell plants.
"This will give patrons the ability to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful greenhouse space," Cronin wrote.
The full City Council on Monday, March 5, is expected to refer the request to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee.
When the request for a liquor license for Good Earth Market came before the committee in 2009, aldermen recommended the city approve the request. At that time, Police Chief Steve Neubauer said establishments such as this do not generate significant enforcement problems.
While Cronin did not indicate a date for the store opening, the letter states they "look forward to opening as soon as possible."
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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