Brunch boutique to join South Oak Park Ave.

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

A former Oak Parker's latest venture will bring brunch to a vacant spot in the Hemingway District this summer.

Mary Moy-Gregg, an Elmhurst resident who was raised in Oak Park, will bring her take on early and mid-day meals with OMG! Brunch and Boutique.

The restaurant will be moving into 100 S. Oak Park Ave., and though it's vacant now, the space will soon be renovated and turned into a place where residents can grab a bite and view the work of local artists.

"I've kind of combined my love of food with the arts," Moy-Gregg said.

She backs the philosophy that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and believes it can enlighten people's morning when they engage in the meal together. She's also looking at this as an opportunity to bring people their favorite breakfast items in a fresher and healthier manner. This means offering smaller portions, calorie counts on the menus, and cooking with healthier ingredients.

The concept for the brunch boutique came to Moy-Gregg while on a recent journey to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. She's been a widow for two years now and was looking for a new adventure.

Mixing cultures was nothing new to her since she is Chinese and her husband was Polish. She'd only made Chinese food until she met her husband, and after spending time traveling the world and tasting the flavors of different countries, she learned to incorporate them into her own cooking.

"I've enjoyed fine dining all over the world," she said. "And I've had breakfast all around the world."

Brunch growing up meant dim sum, a traditional Chinese meal, but she soon discovered she loved items like corned beef hash and traditional savory French crepes. She's still deciding how her love for so many foods can be wrapped into one small menu.

"I want food done right," she emphasized. "I don't think Americans eat right. … There are too many eggs or too much cheese. It's too heavy. We're not eating right. I think we can do comfort food right."

Moy-Gregg won't be doing it alone, however, as she'll be joined by chef Tom Chino Yamauchi, who has worked in many fine dining restaurants. OMG! Brunch and Boutique is still a work-in-progress, but Moy-Gregg is excited to offer healthy and natural items, many of which will be influenced by foods from around the globe. She will support local farmers when possible and has plans to give a portion of her profits to a chosen charity.

"It's been a long journey," she said about getting started in the restaurant business. "But this was the right time for me."

An official opening date hasn't been set yet, but she hopes to be ready in June or July.

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sharon carrillo from schaumburg  

Posted: April 14th, 2013 8:17 AM

Congrats Mary, I will look forward to experience it! Sharon

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 12th, 2013 3:24 PM

Omg! Really????

Jess from Oak Park  

Posted: April 11th, 2013 11:49 AM

To "not offended", this is a great article on why calling this entrepreneur beautiful is offensive.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: April 11th, 2013 10:13 AM

Folks-- We are working on a software change to allow readers to flag comments as inappropriate. Our hope is that that refinement will be operating in the next couple of weeks. We actively remove comments that violate our sense of civility based on our comment policy. It is not always plain where that line should be. Further even after 18 months of live comments it is unpredictable what stories have the potential to go south. The opening of a new breakfast place? We weren't expecting a problem. But there was, it was pointed out and we took down comments this morning. Many of the inappropriate comments and some of the comments complaining about the inappropriate comments came from a single IP address. So some troll is trying to stir the pot. Yes, pathetic. Finally, don't know how big you think our company is but it isn't. We have a small staff and no one has the full-time job of monitoring comments. We're doing our best and we're working to refine our system by adding the flagging option.

not offended  

Posted: April 11th, 2013 9:57 AM

How is it "offensive" to call a woman beautiful? Is it now sexist to admire someone's attractiveness?

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 11th, 2013 9:52 AM

Good ideas offered by Manning on ways to address the issue of inappropriate and offensive comments being posted on this forum. Hard to understand why slurs, personal attacks and off- topic posts are not promptly deleted. The forum provides an excellent opportunity for residents and interested parties to voice opinions, engage in debate and share information. It also must provide the WJ with a revenue source that certainly helps with the struggle to keep print editions viable. It remains the editor and staff's responsibilty enforce the code of conduct.


Posted: April 11th, 2013 12:10 AM

Jim, it should be obvious by now that the only comments that get deleted straight away are the one's where residents comment on where a criminal may have come from (typically east of Austin Blvd), and the culture of dysfunction tat are the root causes in some of these communities etc... while people like Django (remember?) were allow to spew directly racist, homophobic and discriminatory remarks, probably because she was black, so it's not PC to delete her filth? It's called a "double standard".

Unitas from Baltimore  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 11:00 PM

Manning, You are a silly excuse for a footballer, will never be as good as me. Johnny


Posted: April 10th, 2013 10:51 PM

Thanks for the mansplanation, Mr. Coughlin. I am aware of how the comments on this site work, and more importantly, don't work. These are solved technological problems: 1) require sign ins (can still be anon, but prevents sock puppet accounts and discourages slander) 2) allow community to flag posts 3) add community moderators. Most important is #1. The easiest solution of course is me to stop visiting this train wreck.

Silly OP  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 10:34 PM

I've only been to New Robozo once, and I was unimpressed. I got the special, which was boiled pork and pineapple. It was sold to me by chef Paco as meat that falls off the bone, and pack full of flavor combinations... in reality, it was flavorless and a bit rubbery. I'm not going to discount the place, and I will go by a couple more times and try a few more things before cementing my impression, but so far I found it over hyped and lacking. Yes, I go Paco's "OMG" hard sell, but not so "OMG"!

Silly OP  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 10:27 PM

It's not that it's non-PC to say you don't like the name, it's just that judging an eatery by it's name is somewhat meaningless to me. The name my be disruptive enough to your post church tradition, but it's not going to stop most people from trying it for the concept, which IMO, it a lot more important. Plus, the name has struck up enough discourse, which I'm guessing was it's intention... It's light hearted and stands out in OP.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 10:15 PM

Manning, this forum has a moderator but most likely has not seen the offensive comment posted earlier this evening. Let's hope it will be deleted and the user blocked. Racist, sexist, homophobic and vulgar comments were posted recently and sadly remained on these pages for a number of days. We can hope that the WJ will try to do a better job of moderating but the way this works is that all postings go live and are not regularly reviewed for offensive content.

OP Foodie  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 9:35 PM

The name is an issue, because I'm not going to be overly anxious to take my family to OMG! for Sunday brunch after church...and we go to brunch with friends on that day weekly in the area. Frankly, Chef Paco's over use of the phrase is off-putting as well. Sorry if that's not PC in OP. I do hope the business is a success and am excited to see good local places thrive.


Posted: April 10th, 2013 9:30 PM

I'm going to keep posting this link periodically until Dan Haley actually reads it, and decides that elevating discourse in our community is more important than pageclicks: This is a solved problem.

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 9:02 PM

Actually Paco Lopez's wonderful restaurant has been opn and he has uttered his deliciously creative phrase for over 15 years!!! Oh My God!

Silly OP  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 8:37 PM

Really? OMG is now chef Paco's coined phrase? Please tell me this is a joke, because if I'm not mistaken, schoolgirls have been spewing that phase ever 5 seconds for the past decade. I'm looking forward to the new eatery. I wouldn't care if the name was call "This food sucks" as long as it serves good food. Moaning over a name is so stupid.

Missy from Oak Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 8:01 PM

What year is this? This woman is starting her own business and people are seriously commenting about her looks? I wish her much success, OMG is is Chef Paco's coined phrase...I would steer clear of that name as all it makes me want to do is eat at New Rebozo!


Posted: April 10th, 2013 7:36 PM

I thought the WJ had a comment policy prohibiting harassment based on gender or race. Does that not apply to women tyring to start businesses here? I suspect most of the postings here are by a single troll, but the WJ is not promoting a friendly business environment by allowing these sexist and now racist comments to stay.

Judy from Park Ridge  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 7:33 PM

I work in Oak Park, and I cannot want to try this out this new place. Guys, quit obsessing over this woman's looks. You men seem pathetic.

Sara from Forrest Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 7:24 PM

Guys, This woman does not need you lusting over her. She is trying to start a business, can you just stop thinking with your hormones for one minutes. And I like the idea, and cannot wait to be at her restaurant when it opens.

Belle from Cicero  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 7:22 PM

Good idea, hope food good too. I hope open soon.

Anne from Forrest Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 7:18 PM

I love the concept, and it seems like it will be a great place. I don't understand why the name is bad to some people? So what omg, I like the name.


Posted: April 10th, 2013 6:46 PM

I'm delighted to learn about a new restaurant opening in our community and the concept sounds great, however, I find the name cringe-inducing.

Rachel from Oak park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 5:53 PM

Also agree with Christine. All I think of when I see OMG is New Rebozo and Paco.

Woman business owner  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 5:08 PM

Way to be creepy, guys. Can we welcome her back to Oak Park without with the sexist comments?


Posted: April 10th, 2013 5:06 PM

I know Mary, and have enjoyed Tom's cooking. I can assure you this will be an excellent restaurant, and the Breakfast and Lunch menu will be fantastic. I believe the quality and value offered at OMG! will be unlike any other restaurant.

Mike Bergeren from football  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 4:42 PM

Breakfast is important meal. Restaurant OMG! is may be best restaurant for breakfast.

Axl from Oak Parl  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 4:35 PM

I cannot wait for OMG to open. This town needs a good corn-beef-hash

Peyton from Forrest Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 4:32 PM

I like the name, I am going to definitely going to be there on first day.

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 3:23 PM

I agree Christine.

christine nelson from Oak Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 2:34 PM

Good idea, but really the name needs changing. For Oak Park restaurant goers, that phrase belongs to Chef Paco of New Rebozo. Pick something else and I'll be happy to come for brunch.

OP Rez  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 1:34 PM

I am just okay on the idea but would be willing to give it a try (it's supporting local farmers after all!). But the name? Work on that please.

Karen from Oak Park  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 1:24 PM

I love this idea, can't wait!

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