Culver's in Berwyn officially opens

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Culver’s, the popular fast-food franchise known for its Butter Burgers, officially opened in Berwyn today, across the street from Oak Park.

All registers were open early this afternoon, as customers buzzed about, ordering everything from cheese curds to frozen custard.

The city of Berwyn was able to lure the chain here by using $975,000 in TIF dollars to buy a parcel of land at 6935-49 Roosevelt, kitty corner from Jewel, and reselling it to the owner of the Culver's franchise. The restaurant takes the place of a stretch of vacant buildings, which formerly included a fruit stand and a bar.

Before the Berwyn location opened on Monday, the next closest Culver’s to Oak Park were about 5 miles away, in Lyons and Franklin Park.

CONTACT: mstempniak@wjinc.com

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Silly  

Posted: August 10th, 2011 2:19 PM

Its nice to live in a country that allows us choice. Thanks for your business Freespirit. Adios

Freespirit  

Posted: August 10th, 2011 10:37 AM

I've visited this "overly packed" Culver's 7 times now and it's not been a charm! The food is lukewarm at best, service isn't good, the tables are dirty as well as the doors, they got my order wrong 4 out of 7 visits, your shoes "stick" to their unmopped floors and there is WAY too much fooling around going on with the very young employees. They all move around as if to look busy, but they really aren't doing anything. I finally called Corporate and will NOT be going back there.

Amy from Berwyn  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 1:08 PM

Yeah, for Berwyn. Nice job to all who closed this deal and wishing many more to come. Berwyn Rising!

AL from Oak Park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 1:06 PM

DRD- I agree with you- a light is better than a stop sign just as a stop sign is better than an illuminated crosswalk. I'm happy there is a Culver's nearer to OP now but I just worry about kid (and adult) pedestrians and bikers heading over to get custard. It's like the light that was installed at Home & Washington... only got put up when a kid was hit walking to school. Hopefully the crosswalk does it's job but I doubt it will.

DRD  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 12:40 PM

@AL from Oak Park What makes you think that people are going to stop at a stop sign at Home/Roosevelt? I can't tell you how many times I've nearly been broad-sided by idiots that don't stop at stop signs in Oak Park. And it never fails, because of the distinctive vehicle stickers, the idiots live in Oak Park. Is there a law in Oak Park that Oak Parkers don't have to stop at stop signs in Oak Park? The only thing that will force people to actually stop is a stop LIGHT.

John McCarthy from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 2:34 AM

Once again, Doopers live down to the stigma that they'd complain if you hung 'em with a new rope. Just watch: somehow, some Dooper will turn this into a discrimination issue, an obesity issue, a conservation issue, or a traffic issue. The village of broad lawns & narrow minds continues to be the land of the crybabies. So it goes...

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 6:15 PM

@GJK I is inappropriate and offensive to but the word "Roadkill" in the heading of your message. Given the context of what you wrote, you simply shouldn't use the word roadkill. You should appologize.

Homer Simpson from Springfield  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:54 PM

Mmmmmmmm... frozen custard...

John from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 12:38 PM

It's OK to subsidize and be landlord to a hot dog stand, open arms to 5 Guys & Chicken & Waffles, but Culvers? Oh, no! That's junk food. Oak Park, get over yourself! Have a drink!

Just Another OP resident  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 10:34 AM

Don't go there. Put on your tie-dyed shirt, slip on your Birkenstocks, hug a tree and eat your tofu. Nobody really cares what you think.

Another OP resident  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 6:17 AM

We need more JUNK FOOD like we need more holes in our heads. Aaack!

G J K from Roadkill  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 10:12 PM

Jim T a 60 year old Navy Veteran from the 900 block of Wenonah Avenue OP was run over-DEAD in the crosswalk of Roosevelt at Clinton at 3 pm on a Saturday afternoon. Be careful eating your custard. Condolences to the family of this war hero.

AL from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 8:26 PM

First of all Culvers fan- read the comment policy at the bottom of the bar. Your name calling is not appreciated and would be offensive had actually spelled "twit" correctly. Secondly, I love Culver's but I do know that without a stop sign or light, MOST cars will not stop. Look at any other intersection that has the crosswalk lines and you will see no one stopping for pedestrians or bikes crossing.

nb from north oak park.  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 5:26 PM

Jeez, you guys are a bunch of complainers. Wompin' about stop signs and what not. Go to culvers and get some custard, that'll cheer you up. woo! so excited, love this resturaunt. YUM<3

Resident  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 5:06 PM

What about the "news" of Louie's Grill in FP re Opening??

OP'er  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 4:12 PM

I'm sticking with the "Hole in the Wall".

Culvers fan from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 4:08 PM

Oh, AL, You are such a twitt. We don't need a stoplight at Home and Roosevelt, we need a crossing guard... and maybe a cul-de-sac. T.J. you are out of your mind. There is nothing at the Jewel "Market" that is worth buying.

JBK from OakPark  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 3:56 PM

Custard is excellent-great variety of flavors changing monthly -- and food is fresh, good tasting. Loved them in Wisconsin and glad to have a shorter trip than going to the one in Lyons the last few years. Wish we could have got them onto the old Girl Scout building site or other areas on north side of Roosevelt.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 3:33 PM

Too bad their "custard" doesn't taste good. Sadly, you can get better ice cream accross the street at Jewel.

Sarge311 from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 3:33 PM

Berwyn continues to beautify their side of the street while Oak Park gets stuck with Berwyn's eyesore - namely the Turano truck receptacle across from the bakery. What a disgrace to have all those nasty looking trucks on the Oak Park side and across the street in Berwyn are brand new buildings. I hope Oak Park ends the lease agreement with Turano's and gets them to move their ugly trucks and fenced in lots on their side of the street.

kp from Berwyn  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 3:00 PM

They will be installing lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Home and Roosevelt as part of the streetscape improvements currently going on. Good planning if you ask me...

AL from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2011 2:44 PM

No crosswalk at Home & Roosevelt. Just a heads up if you are walking or riding your bike. Cars will NOT stop. Bad planning, in my opinion. There should be a light.

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