Boom! New Businesses are Popping Up All Over Lake Zurich

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. — Lake Zurich has experienced an unusual business boom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the new businesses are restaurants, which makes the trend even more unusual, as the restaurant industry has been among the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus economically.

“I don’t know if it’s a business boom or just the continued climate of people wanting to be in Lake Zurich,” said Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton.

“I think even during a pandemic you have to look forward, you have to take a chance, you can’t sit still. We present a business climate such that people want to be here. It’s a good sign for the future.”

Hay Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant in Lake Zurich

“Even during a pandemic you have to look forward, you have to take a chance, you can’t sit still. We present a business climate such that people want to be here. It’s a good sign for the future.”

Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton
White Alps Cafe in Lake Zurich

https://www.lamulamexicangrill.com/Some other businesses that are opening include restaurants Hay Chihuahua at 596 W. Main St., White Alps Cafe (previously Molly’s) at 572 W. State Route 22, La Mula Mexican Grill (opening by the owners of Hungry Mule) at 927 S. Rand Road, a new Popeyes Chicken, opening soon at 742 S. Rand Road where Pizza Hut used to be, and Stompin’ Grounds Café at 64 N. Old Rand Road. Spa Float Sixty has also opened at 305 N Rand Road, replacing the former Epic Float.

Stompin’ Grounds Café owner Laura Cison used the word “Exhausting” when first asked what it was like starting a new business in the midst of a pandemic. But she also said she started planning to open the café before COVID-19 had even entered the vernacular.

“[Last week] was our first week open, and we had a great week,” Cison said.

Though not without challenges during a pandemic.

Cison experienced construction challenges due to people being afraid of coming to work with the virus, freight deliveries slowed by the pandemic, and other woes directly caused by the virus caused her to reach out to the Village of Lake Zurich, who she said was helping her with coordination of obstacles.

“Perseverance is a big part of it. I got going and I wouldn’t let COVID-19 stop it, because at the end of the day it’s about people and socializing and I think that’s good for the soul and I want to continue to do it.”

Laura Cison, Stompin’ Grounds Cafe

“The social distancing has been a challenge as well,” said Cison.

“Perseverance is a big part of it. I got going and I wouldn’t let COVID-19 stop it, because at the end of the day it’s about people and socializing and I think that’s good for the soul and I want to continue to do it.”

Stompin’ Grounds Cafe in Lake Zurich

In press briefings last week, Governor J.B. Pritzker stated that indoor service will be prohibited again at restaurants and bars in DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee counties, an area that’s home to more than 1 in 6 Illinois residents.

Pritzker mentioned in a briefing that some areas including Kane and DuPage counties are seeing alarming increases in infection, though he promised he will not enact another sweeping shut-down again.

By Daniel J. Cameron

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