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A Special Plea

Posted in News and Events

To put it bluntly, our favorite news of the week was NOT finding out that the majority of our customer parking will disappear for the next 8 months due to the development across the street from our Glen Ellyn location. With this said, we are committed to staying positive and making the best out of a not-so-great situation that falls in the midst of a year that is evidently addicted to change.

What does this mean to YOU?

It means that the Main Street parking lot will be CLOSED from now until May 1st. It also means that the west side of Main Street and half of Hillside will be closed for the same amount of time. The dining tent (which provides much needed support to our fellow restaurants) will remain on Main Street until November 1st. In other words, your regular way of getting to your friendly neighborhood South Main Street establishments is about to shift significantly.

 

What does this mean to US?

Transparently, we felt like we had worked hard to get back to about 80% of our existing business and 80% of our 2019 staff (which we acknowledge as very fortunate in light of many restaurant closings this year). Needless to say, all of us who do business in this part of Glen Ellyn are a bit nervous that our crucial autumn/winter months will take a significant hit in light of the added congestion and street closures.

Please. Please. Please?

(This is where you come in…)

With your help, we believe we have it in us to navigate the challenge that this development is creating. And we think the best way to do that is for us to simply be honest and clear in our ask of you. So, here it is…

Please don’t choose to avoid South Main Street during this season of construction. Instead, would you be willing to keep coming to Blackberry even if you have to walk an extra few minutes to get here. For our part, we promise to do our very best to make it worth your while!

In fact, just to get us started on keeping that promise, for the next week, we want to reward you for posting on your social media about staying faithful to us in this new situation with a free drip coffee or cookie. We even have a few ideas below you can steal.

We’ve provided a map that you can access here along with and some some additional parking notes (below).

Again, thanks so much for hanging in there with us! YOU are the reason we keep pushing through all the challenges of 2020. We’re grateful to be able to keep finding creative ways to put food on your table.

 


 

Park Blvd is Your New Best Friend!

Believe us when we tell you that we have spent the last few days working with the Village and squeezing as much parking as possible out of what we have to work with!  So, here are a few “pro-tips”!

TIP #1: Navigate via Park Blvd. Your best bet going to be to drive north or south on Park and turn west onto Hillside. From this direction you have access to the majority of the closer and more accessible spots.

Tip #2: Utilize the NEW Curbside Pickup Spots: We moved our picnic tables onto the parkway on Hillside (in the grass in front of St Mark’s) in order to add four new curbside spots. Also, there are still two curbside pickup spots on Main Street. With 6 spots total for 15-minute curbside pickup parking, we hope you will consistently have a spot to use to get your online orders!

Tip #3: Enjoy the VERY BRIEF Walk. We have timed it and it only takes 1-3 minutes to walk from anything on Hillside, Forest, Phillips or Glenwood. Also, due to the tent, there are typically spots on Main Street south of the tent during the morning/afternoon, which is worth checking if you don’t mind making a 3-point turn to get back out! If you are looking to get some extra “steps” in, the commuter lot behind Einstein’s is going to be free with plenty of spots!

Tip #4: Utilize Glen Ellyn Bible Church! GEBC is graciously giving us 9 exclusive parking spots on the far west side of the parking lot (the spots that face Glenwood). We will have signs up on these spots soon, but for sure if you haven’t found a spot by the time you get to GEBC, you should be able to grab one there.(THANK YOU GEBC TEAM!) Note: This is for parking ONLY in these designated spots. And ONLY available when there is not an existing event (which signs will designate) at the church. Lastly, the lot is currently getting repaved and will re-open on Saturday FYI! Thanks, we ask that you respect these requests.

Again, we want to thank you for your persistence and all the great love this community has for our local Glen Ellyn South Main Street Businesses! If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact us! 

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