The brownfield study will include the former Grainco FS property, which Imperial Investments owns.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Musician Jon Conover is handing booking for the theatre in the former location of The Follies Theatre downtown.
Yorkville's new downtown theatre's debut show will feature three singer-songwriters Friday in the former location of The Follies Theatre. Here is a news release provided by Rivers Edge Theatre: Musicians/Singers/Songwriters Jon Conover, Leslie Beukelman and Miles Nielsen will kick off the start of the singer/songwriter series at the new Rivers Edge Theatre. This series will bring the region’s best songwriters out to tell the stories behind their music every Friday in August and September. Conover, whose first album was recorded in Chicago in 2006, and most recent album last year in Los Angeles, has recently taken over booking for the Rivers Edge Theatre. This seemed like a good fit for Conover who has a large fan base and many talented …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Kendall Pub is getting a new name and atmosphere, Cobblestone is getting more space, and the town is getting a whole new restaurant.
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Rick Tollefson, of Imperial Investments, wants to use Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro as a template for other downtown projects.
Developer Rick Tollefson and his crew spun about three dozen different concepts before settling on three for the west side of Route 47 in Yorkville's downtown. "I hope what we build here is something people will be proud of," Tollefson said at a Tuesday morning meeting with local press. Tollefson, who also is president of sportsware manufacturer Boombah, plans to expand Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro to allow for more large-group seating and more bakery sales space. That would add 80 to 100 seats to the 40 interior seats and 20 exterior seats Cobblestone presently offers. Tollefson also plans to revamp The Follies Theatre into a performance area managed by musician Jon Conover and add a BD's Mongolian Barbeque-style restaurant next door. The …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Boombah Retail Store is celebrating its grand opening from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Customers can touch the fabric and test the sizing of Boombah products in the recently opened retail store on Yorkville's north side. The store is in the former office space for ProBuild. It sits at 204 Boombah Blvd., which is directly west from the building that houses Boombah's corporate headquarters, merchandise customizing space and warehouse space. The retail store is an opportunity for Boombah to brand itself for more general athletic apparel and equipment, store manager Amanda Winter said. The selection is much broader than the "will call" area Boombah previously offered in Morris. "Everyone knows Boombah for baseball or softball," Winter said. "But why doesn't everyone know about the polos for dad?" Boombah offers a high-quality …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Downtown pub expected to reopen Saturday after deal closed Thursday afternoon.
The operation behind Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro and The Follies Theatre has purchased a long-time downtown Yorkville establishment with no plans for immediate changes. Rick Tollefson, of Imperial Investments, bought Kendall Pub on Thursday afternoon, according to Rachel Conover, whose executive chef duties will expand from Cobblestone to include Kendall Pub. The pub's 25 or so staff members have been invited to stay - without exception - and Conover hopes to revamp a team that plays to everyone's individual strengths, she said. "Right now, we're hoping to get the staff together and see how we work together," Conover said. Kendall Pub was closed Friday as the new owners worked to transfer the liquor license, but Conover expected the pub …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Here's what Rick Tollefson, of Imperial Investments, and his associates have planned for the buildings involving Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro and The Follies Theatre.
Crews are continuing construction in downtown Yorkville so The Follies Theatre can open on New Year's Eve and Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro can expand its offerings. The Follies Theatre Producer Don Grant Zellmer and Yorkville Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynn Dubajic (in separate interviews) recently shared more construction details for the northwest corner of Route 47 and Van Emmon Street. The buildings are owned by Rick Tollefson, who also owns the Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro business, Dubajic said. Tollefson, who sits on the YEDC's board of directors, is president of Boombah Inc., a sports apparel and equipment company that is relocating from Morris to a building on Wheaton Avenue on Yorkville's north side. …