Creative Cakes opens
Sisters Beth Fahey and Becky Palermo, who've operated Creative Cakes for 22 years in Tinley Park, can hardly wait for their newest venture to open.
They just moved the bakery from 16649 S. Oak Park Ave. into new space inside Rubino's plaza while they put the finishing touches on a new cafe, which they expect to open by the end of April in space adjacent to the bakery.
"We're just waiting for the cabinets," said Fahey, who says she was inspired to open a cafe during a trip to France. Like cafes there, Creative Cakes Cafe would serve coffee, sandwiches and crepes.
"It's a cool concept," she said. "A little more artsy and more Frenchy than what most people around here are used to. We're taking bakery to a higher level. It will be a nice respite for non-sports bar fans."
She said the cafe would feature natural foods with an emphasis on fresh and organic. They will also serve soups and other foods made in sight of customers.
The cafe also will feature a full coffee bar serving Intelligentsia coffee along with wine and craft beers from Tinley Park's Hailstorm Brewing Co.
"We won't be Cooper's Hawk, but ours won't be junky wines either," she said. "We have a rotating selection of wines."
Other plans include a nonprofit art gallery and music.
"I really want to have acoustic music," Fahey said. "And maybe a French movie night."
There will be seating for 50 to 70 along with more room on an outdoor patio.
Hours for the cafe have not been set, but will probably be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The cafe will be closed on Mondays.
For information on the opening, check Creative Cakes on Facebook or visit its website at http://www.realbuttercream.com.
Sleepy's, a New York-based company that calls itself the world's largest mattress retailer and which opened stores late last year in Orland Park, Frankfort, Evergreen Park and Chicago's Southwest Side, opened a second Orland Park store earlier this month at 158th Street and LaGrange Road in the former Starbuck's.
The Hicksville-based company, which has more than 800 showrooms in 14 Eastern and mid-Atlantic states and carries a wide selection of mattress brands, opened its first Chicago-area store last summer.
The original location of Sanfratello's Pizza closed abruptly last week at 127 Main St. in Glenwood.
Sanfratello's opened in 1969 in a small home as a carry-out pizzeria and expanded over the years to include a dining room. It began franchising the name several years ago.
Sanfratello locations in Tinley Park, Highland, Ind., and Dyer, Ind., remain open.
Bulldog Ale House opens
Bulldog Ale House opened Friday at 2387 Joliet Highway in the Bluestone Commons shopping plaza in space formerly occupied by Bluestone Bar and Grill and Prime Time Restaurant.
The bar features 72 beers on tap and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.