Oberweis plans for ice cream, burgers, pizza in Geneva


GENEVA – An Oberweis Ice Cream/That Burger Joint/Woodgrain Pizzeria is proposed for a vacant acre on the southwest corner of South Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway in Geneva.

“It will be our ninth That Burger Joint and our fourth Woodgrain Pizzeria,” Joe Oberweis, president of Oberweis Ice Cream said.

It will be the third that is the combination of all three, as the company has one in Bolingbrook and Glen Ellyn, Oberweis said.

Combining the company’s ice cream with a burger restaurant began in 2012 with the later addition of the pizzeria, he said.

Plans filed with the city of Geneva call for drive-thru access. The company is seeking an amendment to a planned unit development to allow what it is proposing, records show.

The proposed schedule expects the request to go before the Geneva Plan Commission in November followed by City Council approval, records show.

Oberweis said the construction schedule would depend upon the weather, but they hope to be open by mid-2019.

There is an existing parking lot on the property, so the company would be building a 5,667-square foot restaurant there, Oberweis said.

While he would not say exactly how much money the company was spending to site and build the restaurant, Oberweis said the investment was “in the millions.”

The company does not own the property, but it has a land lease for 50 years with the owner with an option to buy it during that period, he said.

The property owner is Ohio-based MidAmeco, listed as Geneva Center 2015 LLC in the application to the city.

While the application refers to the restaurant as fast food, Oberweis said it should be considered “high-end quick serve, not fast-serve.”

The burgers are all Angus beef, sourced for their flavor, Oberweis said.

But the restaurant would have other options, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, salads and children’s items, he said.

The pizzeria takes its name from the wood burning oven the pizzas are made in, he said.
The restaurant would be family-friendly, an option that is particularly important to him, Oberweis said.

“I have five kids, with an age range of 3 to 13,” Oberweis said. “It’s difficult to find a restaurant that can accommodate everybody. … This would be a great place for large families.”

Joe Oberweis is the son of State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove.

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