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Corner Bakery Cafe eyes drive-through option

Published: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Corner Bakery Cafe in Crystal Lake is considering adding a drive-through window.

Restaurant officials floated the idea earlier this month at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Commissioners supported the idea, but the plan still needs formal approval from the city, said Michelle Rentzsch, director of planning and economic development.

The chain restaurant is located at 815 Cog Circle in a multi-tenant retail building that is part of the Archway East development along Route 14. The addition of a drive-through window would help address parking issues in the area, but would require changes to how traffic is directed through the parking lot.

About a third of the cafe's business traffic comes from people who are picking up orders, Rentzsch said. A drive-through window would help speed up that process.

Corner Bakery Cafe has more than 140 company-owned and franchised locations in the United States, including more than 30 in Illinois.

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