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New lineup of restaurants set for Jefferson Street project

Construction has started in the lot near Caterpillar Drive and West Jefferson Street in Joliet as seen Monday.
Construction has started in the lot near Caterpillar Drive and West Jefferson Street in Joliet as seen Monday.

JOLIET – A Chipotle Mexican Grill, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Mooyah burger restaurant, as well as an Aldi food store, will be featured at a new shopping center at Jefferson Street and Caterpillar Drive.

The latest lineup of restaurants no longer includes Panera Bread, which once was to go into the new development.

Construction crews recently began breaking ground at the site.

“Permits have been issued and they’re doing the foundation work on the Aldi’s and what I call the three-restaurant building,” said James Haller, the city’s director of community and economic development.

Texas-based Mooyah serves burgers, fries, salads and milkshakes. The restaurant uses fresh ground beef and cuts its own fries daily.

Potbelly, headquartered out of Chicago, offers hot submarine sandwiches, soup, shakes, malts, smoothies and cookies. Restaurants at times feature live music.

Chipotle, out of Denver, specializes in gourmet burritos and tacos.

Previous plans had included a Panera Bread as one of the three restaurants at the site.

The developers, the father-and-son team of Jerry and Matt Cairo out of Chicago, also developed outlots in the Menards-Wal-Mart shopping center for the Applebee’s restaurant and the Starbucks shop.

The new shopping center will be located across Jefferson from the Menards-Wal-Mart shopping center. The property is the former site of Joliet Dodge.

The new Aldi grocery will replace an existing store at 1820 N. Jefferson St.

The Cairos also are working with Aldi to attract a new user for their existing Jefferson Street store, Matt Cairo told The Herald-News in an earlier interview.

Haller said he expected construction at the site would continue this year, with the center opening some time next year.

In other projects, property at Route 59 and Theodore Street has been purchased by a developer, although no tenants have yet been lined up for the site, Haller said.

Likewise, owners of property at Millenium Square, 2351 Plainfield Road, are continuing to market their site, Haller noted.

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