Comings & Goings: A place for skateboarders
Marissa Amoni For The Beacon-News February 21, 2013 4:50PM
Nick Guzman, of Oswego, is a musician, a student, and a skateboarder. Guzman recently started selling skateboarding gear at Paddle and Trail near downtown Aurora. | Marissa Amoni~For The Beacon-News
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:26AM
Nick Guzman has been riding a skateboard longer than he’s been in school. The 19-year-old Oswegoan picked up the hobby before kindergarten and stuck with it. Now a student at Waubonsee Community College, Guzman wants to share his passion with others and fill a void in the area.
Guzman recently opened up Disgruntle Skate Shop, a small retail shop inside of Paddle and Trail, 107 Spruce St., near downtown Aurora. With the help of store manager Charlie Zine, Guzman has a rack of skateboards in the front showroom and a display case filled with skating accessories.
Guzman hopes the shop fills a need in the skating community. Aside from selling boards and hardware, Guzman wants Disgruntle Skate Shop to be a resource for skaters. He wants to offer clinics for skateboarders, and he would like to bring more accessible skate parks to the area.
Guzman called the new skate park at Aurora’s Phillips Park “a masterpiece.” Before the park’s opening, skaters would often use parks in Oswego and Plainfield. The closest indoor skateboarding park is in Tinley Park. Both he and Zine would like to see an indoor/outdoor skate park open close to downtown — perhaps nearby to RiverEdge Park.
“We want to do everything we can with skating to make it better. Whatever I can do to make it better I am willing to do,” Guzman said.
So whether that involves selling quality wheels that won’t easily tear apart, facilitating classes or talking with others about building a strong community around skateboarding, Guzman is excited to take on the task.
“We’d love to get the word out there. Skateboarding is an art, too,” he said.
Call Paddle and Trail at 630-506-5706, or email Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find Disgruntle Skate Shop on Facebook.
Tommy’s in Oswego
Tommy’s Sports Bar and Eatery is open at 1031 Station Drive in Oswego. Owners Thomas and Pamela Rogers, of Oswego, first welcomed guests Feb. 1 to the more-restaurant-than-bar.
Thomas Rogers said that it might have been temporary insanity that drove him from the trucking business into the restaurant business, but he and his wife were looking for an added revenue stream.
The couple works at the restaurant serving large food portions at reasonable prices, Rogers said. The sports bar part of the name comes from the eatery’s nine large-screen TVs.
Tommy’s serves a one-and-a-half pound triple Angus beef patty burger for those not concerned about their arteries. The “ultimate burger challenge” dares diners to devour the burger along with a half-pound of fries in less than 20 minutes for a T-shirt and a photo.
Other menu items such as a portabella sandwich and macaroni bites with smoked Gouda cheese are tempting for non-meat eaters. A full bar menu is also available.
If you plan to be a regular at Tommy’s, then consider joining Tommy’s Mug Club. For $25, you’ll get a custom Tommy’s Beer Mug, a Mug Club membership card, a keychain, a voucher for a free appetizer, and one half-priced beer at each visit for a year.
Tommy’s Sports Bar and Eatery is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call Tommy’s at 630-554-7773 or visit Tommy’s online at www.tommyssportsbar.com.
Frank’s Pizza and Grill at 362 N. Randall Road appears to be shuttered. Visits to the North Aurora eatery last week were met with locked doors and a closed sign. The phone is also disconnected.
Charles Penrow, of Geneva, opened Frank’s last year along Randall Road and brought unique hand-tossed brick oven pizza and traditional East Coast hoagies to the area.
Penrow modeled the pizza and hoagie shop after his brother’s shop of the same name in Maryland.