By Bob Bong
Partners Monica Chiarello and Allen Davidson said phooey to the pandemic and opened their new business Honey Pedals Gourmet Coffee and Ice Cream last week in historic Downtown Lemont at 400 E. Illinois St.
“We definitely had reservations about opening,” said Chiarello. “But we were knee deep in the process and knew we had to open.”
The new shop opened May 7 in the former Muffins ice cream parlor and serves Colectivo Coffee, Capannari Ice cream, and Troubadour Bakery in addition to homemade waffle cones, bubble waffle, Belgium waffles and house made treats.
Customers can order from Honey Pedals three ways: Come to the walk-up window located on Stephen Street and they will take your order there; park in the designated curbside area on Stephen Street and call in your order to 331-318-7967; or come inside to place your carryout order.
A maximum of four customers is allowed inside the shop at any given time.
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
Bolthouse Farms gives back to community during pandemic
California-based Bolthouse Farms has stepped up during the pandemic both helping employees at its warehouse in southwest suburban Hodgkins as well as giving back to the community as a whole during the emergency.
“Early on, we knew it was something that was not normal,” said company president Bill Levisay last Friday.
The company, which is the largest carrot farmer in the country and harvests 1 million pounds of carrots each day, immediately went out and secured food and other essentials for its thousands of workers in the U.S. and Canada.
It instituted a sick policy to test workers daily at the start of their shift and send home those that appeared to be ill. It broke up employees into 10-person cells to further reduce the chance of spreading the disease during the crisis.
“We are taking the temperatures of employees,” he said. “We are wearing masks. We reorganized plants into smaller teams.
“Our employees matter to us. We have given away 10,000 meals to employees as well as water and soft drinks.”
Levisay said the safety measures are working.
“Our precautions have really worked for us. We’ve had nothing like the problems at some of the meat plants with hundreds of workers getting sick.”
Bolthouse also wanted to help the communities where it was located. The company operates a massive facility at 7300 Santa Fe Drive in Hodgkins, so it has a stake in the local community.
“Our warehouse in Hodgkins is an important part of our distribution in the Midwest.”
In keeping with that goal, last week, the company donated a truckload of carrots to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
“That’s the equivalent of 25,000 meals,” Levisay said.
Bolthouse has also partnered with Feeding America. The company has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar all employee contributions up to $20,000. CEO Jeff Dunn said he would personally match each donation dollar-for-dollar up to another $20,000.
Bolthouse began in 1915 in Grant, Mich., before moving to California in 1972-73.
“We try to be a good partner with the community,” Levisay said.
The company opened its 250,000-square-foot distribution facility in Hodgkins in 2002-03.
Besides carrots, Bolthouse produces a variety of salad dressings and juices and smoothies.
Talerico-Martin store hopes to reopen soon
The Talerico-Martin retail store at 7320 W. 63rd St. in Summit is closed temporarily because of the pandemic.
In a posting on Facebook, the company said, “While none of our Retail bakery team members tested positive, out of an abundance of caution we have determined that the safest course of action for our customers and team members is temporarily closing the bakery and thoroughly disinfecting based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The company said it expected to reopen the bakery store to the public later this month.
“We will notify you when we have a confirmed reopening date. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, however please know that this decision was made with everyone’s safety in mind.”
Last south suburban Fuddruckers closes
Houston-based Fuddruckers has closed its last two Illinois locations, in south suburban Matteson and west suburban Downers Grove, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company shuttered both locations last week.
The Village of Matteson shared this message from the company in a Tweet: “The restaurant has been a staple in the community for more than 20 years. The Matteson location and the Downers Grove location were the last two restaurants the company had remaining in Illinois. The company had been struggling for quite some time and the impact of COVID-19 made the final decision to close their last two sites.”
The chain was founded in Texas in 1979 in an old bank and by 1988 there were 150 restaurants, including several in the south suburbs including Calumet City and Orland Park. As one of the first gourmet hamburger chains it featured large burgers ground on-site and buns that were baked on the premises.
The Matteson and Downers Grove locations closed on May 7.
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