Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Patch readers have responded to our new weekly feature, "Visions for Vacancies," with ideas of what should open in vacant spaces in Wheaton.
Last month, Austin BBQ closed its restaurant at 226 W. Front St. in downtown Wheaton. Following a 10-year partnership with a Rosati's restaurant in Rolling Meadows, owner Doug Pierce opened Austin BBQ on January 8, 2011 at 226 W. Front St. Patch's feature, "Visions for Vacancies," asks readers to share their ideas about what should fill vacant spaces in Wheaton. Here are some of our past Visions for Vacancies posts—We'd love to know what you think of these, too: Whether it's a new restaurant, a Gap or something completely new, we want to hear what businesses you'd most like to see take over at 226 W. Front St. in Wheaton. There are plenty of ways to keep up with Wheaton news:
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Patch recaps top news of the week, including the death of 16-year-old Wheaton Warrenville South student Kaelan Mondragon, approval of a second parking lot for Mariano's Fresh Market and the closing of Austin BBQ in downtown Wheaton.
Here are some of the top headlines from last week: Kaelan Mondragon, 16, June 5, 1996-March 28, 2013 Follow Live Updates From the District 200 Candidate Forum Austin BBQ Closes in Downtown Wheaton Kaelan Mondragon 'Always Had a Smile on His Face' Council Approves Plan for Mariano's Parking Lot at Downtown Gateway HomeAgain Consignment Plans Move to Downtown Wheaton City Approves Development Plans for Old Jewel Site Nothing Bundt Cakes Opens in Town Square Wheaton Of Wheaton Homeowners, 13,936 are Mortgage-Free Residents Criticize D41 Plan To Take Wheaton College Property By Eminent Domain Unemployment Report: Wheaton Jobless Rate Increases Slightly Arrowhead Golf Course to Open Thursday 28 Wheaton Students to Receive PTA Scholarships …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Austin BBQ has closed its doors after three years in business on Front Street in downtown Wheaton.
Austin BBQ has closed its restaurant at 226 W. Front St. in downtown Wheaton. Following a 10-year partnership with a Rosati's restaurant in Rolling Meadows, owner Doug Pierce opened Austin BBQ on January 8, 2011 at 226 W. Front St. Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Paula Barrington confirmed the restaurant is closing Wednesday. "Sadly we just learned that Austin BBQ has closed," she said. "Despite this loss, things are still trending upward in Downtown Wheaton," she added. Lee Jackels, the landlord for the 226 W. Front St. property, declined to comment on the reason Austin BBQ closed. Patch was unable to reach Austin BBQ on the phone or via email. Check back for updates as more details become available. There are plenty of …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Readers pick Wheaton restaurants for "Best of the West" categories in 17th annual "West Suburban Living" rankings.
"West Suburban Living" magazine has published its results of the 17th annual "Best of the West" winners after readers ranked their favorite spots in the western suburbs. In the "Dining" category, Wheaton businesses cleaned up. You can read the full article here. BEST OUTDOOR DINING Ivy Restaurant BEST ICE CREAM OR DESSERT Tate's tied for third with Tate's in La Grange and All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva. BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH The Red Oak Room at Cantigny was rated best and Egg Harbor Cafe tied for third BEST BARBECUE Austin BBQ (3rd) BEST PLACE FOR BREAKFAST Egg Harbor Cafe (multiple locations) and Egg'lectic in Wheaton took third. BEST PLACE FOR VEGETARIAN Whole Foods (multiple locations) was listed in "other favorites." BEST SUSHI Sushi …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Austin BBQ celebrates its two-year anniversary in business in downtown Wheaton.
Austin BBQ, a downtown Wheaton restaurant with Texas-style beef and brisket and a smokey barbeque smell that travels for blocks celebrated its two-year anniversary in business over the weekend. Following a 10-year partnership with a Rosati's restaurant in Rolling Meadows, owner Doug Pierce opened Austin BBQ January 8, 2011 at 226 W. Front St. He told Patch after the opening that he started barbecuing at his house five years before opening, using meat from the Wheaton Meat Co. Once he refined his spices to satisfy his taste buds, he invited his personal team of taste-testers to sample his food. “I would have 70, 80 people over to try out my food,” he said. “I used my family and friends as my guinea pigs and I solicited feedback from them. …