Hamburger Jones Aims for September Debut in Former Good Earth Market Building

Plans call for new restaurant to occupy greenhouse area, as well as offer outdoor seating.

Plans have changed once again for the building housing the former Good Earth Market on the southeast corner of York and Vallette streets.

In March, Elmhurst Patch reported that the building's owner, Regan Cronin, had planned to and offer a small "Bier Garten" in the greenhouse on the east side of the building. While the plans for the market still appear to be moving forward, the business now operating in the greenhouse may not be Edelweiss.

The plan has, for some time, been for two businesses to share the space. On Monday, the Public Affairs and Safety Committee heard a proposal from Anthony Gambino, owner of Salseria Grill and Cantina, to use 2,200 square feet of the building, including the greenhouse area, for his new restaurant, Hamburger Jones.

Gambino assured the committee that Hamburger Jones would be a “restaurant that serves liquor, not a bar that serves food.” His proposal received a first-round nod from the committee.

Gambino said that in addition to the greenhouse on the east side of the building, outside seating will be offered in a small area at the corner of York and Vallette and on an outdoor patio near the parking lot on the east side.

Gambino's partners, Ken Patchak, Bob Ceddia and Alfredo Luna, are requesting a full liquor license but do not plan to offer packaged sales. Gambino said he expects to spend $250,000 to $300,000 to renovate the space and plans to employ 30 or 40 staff members.

Cronin approached the committee with the idea for Edelweiss, a European-style deli and eatery, last spring. Committee members OK'd a liquor license for the business but, based on some wording in the preliminary plans, were concerned that a would end up sharing the space. With Hamburger Jones planning to lease the space, that appears to no longer be a concern.

A revamped version of the Edelweiss concept still is planned for the remaining 4,000 square feet of the building.

The committee's recommendation now goes to the full City Council.

60126 July 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Oh geez, another hamburger joint? Well, at least it's not another Italian Eatery.
Steve July 24, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Or a bank...
Alan Brinkmeier July 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
If this is the chain from Minnesota, it was ranked #9 in the top 10 burger places in Twin Cities.
bill trudeau July 24, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I hope it does well. There might be an abundance of burger joints that have opened lately, but each has its own unique style. Smashburger tastes similar to In N Out, which we'll NEVER see in Chicago, and Back Alley is just fabulous with their stuffed burgers. Very different. In the mid eastern part of town, we're severely lacking anything like this. The placement of a restaurant there makes perfect sense. The building might be extremely close to the street, but If you've ever cut through the parking lot, the back is very relaxing and a patio outside the greenhouse would be pleasant to sit at. I'm looking forward to being an early patron!
Mark Entwistle July 24, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The Edelweiss concept sounds great. Something different. But really, another hamburger place! Let's see, if you want a good burger in town you can go to Smashburger, Back Alley, Hamburger Heaven, Silverado Grill, Elmhurst Public House, Pint's, Fitz's Pub, Mack's Golden Pheasant, 100 South, and I'm sure I'm missing someones favorite burger place. Can anyone get original with their concepts anymore? Well if we get lucky maybe someone will open another pizzeria cuz we are short on those!
York July 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
how many of those places are in South Elmhurst? one and personally I think Silverado is horrible
bill trudeau July 25, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I don't know if anyone else feels the same, but it would be nice to be able to walk to a good burger joint. Near Vallette and York, the options are limited. Pizza places? There are plenty by us, all with their own distinct tastes. To be able to leave the car in the garage and take a nice walk to have dinner would be a godsend!
Steve July 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM
8675309 August 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Bill, you make it sound as if there is nothing right where this new burger joint will be. There are already similar restaurants there in which you could walk or ride your bike. It's right across from Southtown and Riley's is right there too. I thought having Back Alley move in was too much and now another one! And I must say ditto to the comment about Silverado- HORRIBLE.
bill trudeau August 08, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I go to Southtown all the time, it's not a sit-down dinner place. Pizza puffs and fries have their place, just not for dinner. Been to Riley's many times as well, but it's a bar and is frequently pretty loud. There's nothing wrong with either one, they are both great places that do what they do very well. although I don't think I would confuse either one with being a place I'd go to sit down, have dinner and conversation.
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I gotta say, I like Silverado. Great chili and armadillo eggs, ribs are good, Texas chicken and burgers, among other things. And the atmosphere is fun. The owner also does a lot of good things for the community. But, of course, everybody has their favorite places in town. Hopefully there will be room for all. Time will tell.
The Smiths September 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
We like Charlies. The best burgers in Elmhurst. Will definitely try Hamburger Jones.
Bill Angel September 11, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Don't they serve burgers at South Town grill? What about DiLeo's, Spring Inn, Doc's, Riley's, Mama Maria's, Roberto's, Micky D's, BK lounge? Hamburger Jones? How many ways can you dress up a chunk of red meat? Tony Gambino selling burgers?? Bill, get out and and take a real walk! BURGERS gone wild!
1 Ply September 14, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Karen try and get some sort of Eating/Tasting competition between all these places. Say at the farmer market, cool cars, turkey trot, football game, or Elmfest(if it exists anymore). Level the playing field and go for a crowd pleaser, Chili contest. Allow the the restaurants to take pride in themselves and get their name out in the community.
TUCKER December 20, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Dont go this place sucks the egg that they charge for $2 was a joke and the "Big man" walking around said ooooo sorry ha ha what a bad place . Dont go if ur in elmhurst
TUCKER December 20, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Hamburger jones is the last place in elmhurst you should eat
TUCKER December 20, 2012 at 02:27 AM
sorry i just am so mad the man who looked like he was running the place said "sorry i have not had anyone else say anything about the eggs" now what kind of answer is that when talking to a paying person. This place sucks . last place in elmhurst anyone should ever eat
1 Ply December 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I like that is different than any thing you can find in elmhurst. I had a buffalo chicken sandwich that was awesome. The server was very attentive and the place was mobbed on a Friday night. Beer list is boring but is priced correctly. It is in the early stages and I hope they continue to chose quality over cutting corner on the menu. Like what I would call a beer garden in the old green house and the space for the live band is always a plus. Other haveherd from other that


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