Comings & Goings: Golden opportunity for cook turned owner
Marissa Amoni For Sun-Times Media August 16, 2013 1:48PM
Roy Angeles recently opened Golden Egg Pancake House to good reviews at 459 S. Randall Road in North Aurora. | Marissa Amoni~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:35AM
After just a couple months in business, Golden Egg Pancake House might prove that the third time is a charm. The restaurant at 459 S. Randall Road in North Aurora was formerly Mother’s Pancake House, and most recently Randall Crossing.
Rogelio “Roy” Angeles, of Aurora, said the restaurant is a dream come true for him after years of working in the kitchens of local restaurants, such as Mother’s Pancake House, Southern Belle, among others.
“I’ve been working too many hours (for others),” Angeles said about the realization that led to his decision to open his own restaurant. “Finally, I’m going to do it,” he said before quitting his latest job as a cook.
Angeles, who moved from Mexico to the U.S. when he was about 14 years old, said his family thought he was crazy when he told them about opening his own business, but he was determined.
After dropping out of West Aurora High School at age 17, Angeles said he took jobs at restaurants and learned the ins and outs. Now, at 36, Angeles said he’ll do whatever it takes to make his own restaurant a success.
“I need to work for me,” he said.
Angeles bought the business three months ago from the former owners of Randall Crossing. Just recently he changed the name after his girlfriend’s children gifted him with a golden egg cartoon.
Since opening, business has improved 20 to 30 percent, Angeles said. He said that initially the restaurant was very slow, and he was worried that it was not going to make it, but their focus on customer service and quality is paying off. Almost everything on the menu is homemade, he said.
Some Golden Egg specialties include pancakes, omelets, skillets, wraps and burgers. Early bird specials are available for $6.99 from 6 to 10 a.m., and lunch specials are $7.99 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Golden Egg opens daily at 6 a.m. for breakfast and lunch. Learn more at www.goldeneggpancakehouse.com, find Golden Egg on Facebook, or call them at 630-326-9807.
Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar, the western suburbs first “Kaiten-style” sushi restaurant, recently opened in Aurora at 4430 Fox Valley Center Drive, Suite 106, next to Naf Naf Grill.
According to a press release, the 3,000-square-foot space is designed to be clean and contemporary with an Asian flare. In true Kaiten style, a refrigerated conveyor belt system delivers a variety of sushi rolls to every table and booth throughout the space, allowing customers to choose the rolls they want.
The plates are color coded to determine the price of the item, ranging from $1.25 to $6.50. Customers also can order specialty rolls, small plates and drinks off the Japanese-inspired menu created by Chef AJ, formerly of OSAKA Japanese Restaurant.
Collectively, Chef AJ and owner Jason Chooi, bring more than 10 years of dedicated restaurant experience to Sushi + Rotary. Chooi, who originates from Malaysia, has more than a decade of operations experience with a specialty in delivering a hospitable service experience to his guests.
The menu at Sushi + Rotary features traditional Japanese fare with a few unique spins, including crispy tacos, crazy jalapeno, sushi pizza and To-Go box sets for sushi lovers in a hurry. While the beginner and specialty sushi rolls are the main feature of the menu, the restaurant also will offer hot and cold small plates as well as Bento Boxes. Mochi ice cream is also sure to be a hit.
It opens daily at 11:30 a.m. Visit www.rotarysushi.com.
Two Bostons Pet Boutique is celebrating its grand opening Saturday at the new location, 309 W. State St. in downtown Geneva.
Two Bostons recently moved into the retail space of Le Doggie Divine, which continues to pamper pets with grooming services.
Two Bostons sells grain-free foods, healthy treats, safe chews, durable toys, beds and collars. The store has two locations in Naperville and an online store.
On Saturday, the store will offer family-friendly activities. Anderson Animal Shelter also will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. with a dog cookie decorating station.
Cupcakes to be consumed by humans will be provided by The Sugar Path in Geneva and canine cupcakes will be provided by Two Bostons. Dogs are welcome to join the fun, and each shopper will receive a free gift with purchase.
Two Bostons is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit Two Bostons Pet Boutique at www.twobostons.com and find them on Facebook.