Comings & Goings: Blissful Banana Cafe Opens Today in Orland Park
The new Plush Horse is open for business and slinging cones, splits and shakes in Tinley.
With lengthy construction delays finally behind them, Cyndi and Dennis De Zutter will open the doors today on their Blissful Banana Café at 15447 S. 94th Avenue in Orland Park.
The couple from Orland Hills originally intended to open their gourmet coffee shop and café in early January, but construction and other delays made that impossible.
They passed their village inspection last week and are expecting to open their doors this morning at 7 a.m. in a so-called soft opening.
Cyndi De Zutter said they would schedule a grand opening for later in the month.
In an earlier interview, De Zutter said everything on the menu was going to be made in-house and good for you.
“We’re steering toward healthy,” she said. “We won’t have any fryers and all of our lunch meats will be nitrate-free.”
De Zutter said the café will feature gourmet coffee, scones, muffins, side salads and a frozen concoction called a Banana Whip.
“We use pure bananas that are whipped into a custard-like soft ice cream,” she said. “Everyone who tries it will love it.”
The café will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For information, call 708-349-9600 or visit their Facebook page.
Plush Horse Now Open in Tinley
The second location for the Plush Horse ice cream parlor opened March 19 at 7903 W. 171st St. in the Tinley Downs Plaza in Tinley Park.
“Business has been pretty good,” said Mary Ellen Rydberg, whose husband Steve is the son of Ann Rydberg, who owns the original Plush Horse in Palos Park.
“We have cupcakes and a sweet section in front of the store, with carmel corn and gummi candy,” said Rydberg. “Our ice cream cupcakes, pies and cakes have been pretty popular, so far.”
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but that may change. “We’ll probably extend our hours to 10 p.m. for the summer,” she said.
For information, call 708-444-1800.
New Look for Batteries Plus
The Batteries Plus store at 16205 S. Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park has been remodeled and now also carries a full line of light bulbs for all kinds of fixtures and uses.
Plaza Jeweler Has New Home
Syman Jewelers, one of the Orland Plaza businesses that was forced to relocate, held its grand opening over the weekend at its new digs at 9428 W. 143rd St. in Orland Park. The new location has all of the previous services as well as a stained glass section.
Tollway Director to Address Chamber
Kristi Lafleur, executive director of the Illinois Tollway Authority, will be the guest speaker at the monthly Regional Consensus Luncheon of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, on Monday, April 9, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive.
Lafleur will give an update on the tollway including the Tri-State Tollway Interstate 294/Interstate 57 interchange project.
The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For information and reservations, call the chamber at 708-957-6950 or visit www.chicagosouthland.com.
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