New restaurant opens in downtown Franklin Park with ‘flexible’ menu of American and Polish dishes – Chicago Tribune


Franklin Park recently welcomed a new restaurant and club to its downtown area.

The Sky Cafe, located at 9743 Franklin Avenue, opened on May 27, with village officials attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The restaurant takes over the commercial space where a tavern called Sugar Skull operated until it closed in July 2021 following a fire at the nearby pizzeria that burned through a party wall.

The new owner is Katarzyna “Kasia” Debowska, who said she plans to serve lunch and dinner.

“Our menu will be flexible at first,” Debowska said. “We will have American dishes like burgers, salads and wraps as well as Polish dishes like sausages, pork chops and pierogi. That’s what we’ll offer at first, then we’ll tweak the menu and find out what customers like for their favorite foods.

After weeks of extensive renovations, the restaurant is now open with a full-service bar and video games.

“The Village Council has approved a liquor license with video games for Sky Cafe,” Village Chairman Barrett Pedersen said. “Franklin Park currently has 10 such businesses. We only issue new video game licenses to full-service restaurants.

Officials said there are currently 34 liquor licensees of all classifications in the village.

“We’ll also have all kinds of live music on Friday and Saturday nights,” Debowska said. “We will have bands playing American covers from the 80s and 90s as well as Polish bands. Also rock and jazz.

Sky Cafe will be one of the food vendors at Franklin Park Fest, which will take place a short distance from the restaurant June 9-11.

Although Debowska is the sole owner, she said, “My husband is the big cook. He prepares many different types of food and can cook from scratch, making “something out of nothing”, so to speak. »

According to the online menu, dinner entrees include grilled chicken breast, blackened salmon, jambalaya and grilled bone-in pork chop.

Six different burgers are available – five of them made with black angus beef and one plant-based. In addition to five different salads and wraps, lunchtime specials include breaded pork tenderloin, grilled Polish sausages, and a turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich. Eight different entrees are offered, including fried or grilled calamari, three-cheese nachos, and fried pickles with ranch dressing.

“We pride ourselves on having the highest quality foods,” Debowska said. “We hope to be a great addition for businesses in the neighborhood and people will get to know us as a fun, family-friendly place to come to dinner or a glass of wine.”

Gary Gibula is a freelancer.


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