New commercial building with restaurants planned for Ogden Corridor

A four-tenant commercial building is to be built on an outdoor plot within the Naperville commercial lane along Ogden Street, with two restaurants already signed as tenants.

The Town Planning and Zoning Committee gave its recommendation at its last meeting to a series of conditions for an 8,300-square-foot building within the Eastgate Outlot of the development at 1199-1299 E. Ogden Ave. Parcel near H Mart and Dollar Tree.

2 new restaurants

James Sean Devine with developer Norcor Naperville Associates LLC announced the confirmed tenants at the meeting. Both are rapidly growing casual restaurants with a presence in the Chicago metro area.

“These are signed tenants,” Devine said. “This is the one we have a lease on.”

Nansence

Naansense, a fast-casual casual restaurant serving Indian-inspired cuisine, is one of the restaurants associated with the location. Co-owners Hiran and Viral Patel used to run two restaurants in Chicago, but they closed both locations at the start of the pandemic.

The restaurant has since appeared in a new location in the inner-city Chicago Loop and is branching out into the suburbs with a planned Naperville spot, as well as a new location in Oak Brook.

Kura Sushi

Kura Sushi, located in Schaumburg, is the other named tenant within the Eastgate Outlot. The company, which has 37 locations across the United States, got the most discussion at the last committee meeting because tentative plans include a drive-through service.

As in many municipalities, the Naperville zoning code includes provisions for detailed drive-thrus reviews, in part because of the effect it can have with traffic coming and going from the place.

Devine said Kura Sushi plans to operate as a small pre-order window, rather than the traditional drive-through and order window. He said these types of windows proved popular during the height of pandemic protocols. He said an outdoor place for motorists to easily pick up their food would complement the overall operations plan.

However, Devin fell back on the idea that the driving lane in the Kura Sushi space would have a significant impact on the surrounding parking lot and beyond. About 10% of the company’s revenue comes from ready orders, he said.

“This is no ordinary sushi restaurant,” Devin said. The appeal is to go to the restaurant. It really is an essential component of their operations.”

Devin noted that the restaurant will feature a touch panel, a rotating sushi bar and delivery robots.

2 open slots

At this time, Devine said there are no announcements for other tenants within the proposed Eastgate Outlot. He said the intent was to set up the traditional retail business at both venues to complement the two signed restaurants.

After years under the radar at the hands of abandoned or underutilized buildings, Ogden Street properties under the microscope have seen a revival in recent years.

The project punctuated the creation of a new Costco at the former Kmart site. When the wholesale retailer announced its plans for the Ogden Corridor in 2020, Mayor Steve Chirico described it as a mechanism to spur additional development in the area.

Commissioner Bruce Hanson, who chairs the Planning and Zoning Committee, said he was pleased with the recent plan sets. “We appreciate all the changes,” Hanson said. “Looks great over there.”

The commissioners’ recommendation now goes to the City Council for consideration.

For Naperville News 17, Dave Fedlin reports.

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