DeKALB – Eggsclusive Cafe owners have put a DeKalb restaurant on the back burner after opening one near Rockford this week.
Alex Henigan, who co-owns Eggsclusive Cafe at 265 W. Peace Road in Sycamore, planned to open a DeKalb location in March or April. But after opening a location Monday in Cherry Valley, Henigan decided to put the DeKalb plans on hold.
“The more I thought about it, I didn’t want to overextend myself,” Henigan said.
He added he owns the locations in Sycamore and at 7105 Cherryvale North Blvd., Cherry Valley, and was “scared” to rent the space at 2211 Sycamore Road.
Henigan said he still wants to open a DeKalb location and has eyed a few potential locations that he could purchase. However, he wants to let the staff at the 250-seat Cherry Valley restaurant learn to run the restaurant before he commits to opening another.
“As soon as I get Rockford on autopilot,” Henigan said. “It will take me six months to a year until I’m at that point.”
The Sycamore restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch, and is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Henigan, along with lifelong friends, brothers Dennes and Peter Spyratos, opened the restaurant in 2008.
John Pappas, the property owner and developer of the DeKalb space, said he wasn’t fazed by Henigan’s decision, adding he’s confident the remaining 8,000 square feet in the building will be filled soon.
“We are pursuing other restaurants,” Pappas said. “We are working with two to three different restaurants. I think something will happen in the next couple weeks.”
American Mattress, which opened in November, is the sole tenant of the development that was built after the former Smalls Furniture was demolished.
Pappas received $432,900 in tax increment financing from the city of DeKalb for the $4.2 million development. City leaders expect those funds to be replaced within seven years by sales and property tax revenues generated by the development.