New restaurants look to offer tasty new options
By Marissa Amoni For Sun-Times Media October 31, 2013 11:42AM
Ari Chatziarapoglou, of Aurora, recently opened Ari's Kitchen on Randall Road in North Aurora. His fresh take on breakfast and lunch food has made the restaurant an instant success. | Marissa Amoni~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 4, 2013 2:23PM
Lingonberry dreams and Swedish pancake thoughts might consume diners after just one breakfast at the newly-opened Ari’s Kitchen at 362 N. Randall Road in North Aurora.
That is exactly what owner Ari Chatziarapoglou wants. Chatziarapoglou opened up the breakfast and lunch restaurant at the end of August, and he said customers “keep coming back and back.”
Chatziarapoglou, of Aurora, spent the last few years working at Mother’s Pancake House in Aurora and Lakeview Grille in Yorkville. Originally from Greece, Chatziarapoglou said he is well versed in the restaurant business, and opening his own restaurant gives him the chance to do it right.
“I’ve been doing it my whole life,” he said of working in restaurants.
He added that perfecting the restaurant experience requires a lot of “trial and error.” In the United States, “It was kind of fun learning new things and a new kind of service.”
From fresh coffee to whipped butter, Chatziarapoglou said that Ari’s Kitchen is his chance to get it right, down to the details. He bakes the bacon because he says it tastes better that way, and he keeps the temperature at 70 degrees for the comfort of the workers and the customers.
“We do things different and better. Customers seem to appreciate that,” he said.
And arguably, Chatziarapoglou is doing things better. The portioned out cups of homemade jams, the pepper grinders at the tables and the Oberweis products are just some of the ways that Ari’s Kitchen is proving that they are different and better.
Chatziarapoglou is also proud of the restaurant’s smaller portion sizes.
“There are a lot of small differences,” he said. He added, “It’s a long list.”
Ari’s Kitchen offers breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Homemade soups are made from scratch every day.
Find Ari’s Kitchen on Facebook or call 630-340-3569.
What do you do when you open a restaurant in what was formerly Riley Flynn’s Sports Pub? Shirley Phillips’ answer was to switch around the letters and create Silly Pots Café.
Phillips, of Oswego, said that she wanted to use the shuttered pub’s outdoor signage, so she and a friend played around with the letters. Silly Pots was the result, and Phillips loves it.
“It’s a cute name. It’s just fun,” she said.
Silly Pots Café opened in early July at 4566 Route 71 in Oswego. The café specializes in homemade American fare, including soups and cobblers.
“I have been in the restaurant business for 30 years,” Phillips said of her days at Washington Square Restaurant in Naperville and elsewhere. Phillips started out bartending and worked her way up to management.
From baked goods to hand-carved French fries, they make everything in house. Phillips said they make a great jalapeno macaroni and cheese sandwich on a homemade bun.
Phillips described the food as comfort food, and the beef stroganoff and beef stew are especially popular. Phillips is trying to go against the fast food norm and provide a family atmosphere and fresh food.
“We’re very family friendly,” she said.
The café, located in the plaza with Ace Hardware, also serves wine and beer.
Silly Pots Café is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday.
Find them on Facebook or call 630-554-8441.