LAKE IN THE HILLS – After operating for about 17 years in Lake in the Hills, Butcher on the Block is expanding its business to a caboose concession stand in East Dundee.
The deli and butcher shop, 4660 W. Algonquin Road, nearly doubled its size after expanding last summer in Lake in the Hills, and owner Tom Yucuis said he can’t wait to bring good food to East Dundee’s downtown.
“We have a menu that is quite exciting, to say the least,” Yucuis said of the stand, which will feature options different from what’s available at the Lake in the Hills store.
The new menu will feature items including brisket burgers, an assortment of brats, garlic Parmesan fries and walking tacos, as well as some healthy options such as power bars and energy drinks for those using the Fox River Trail near the stand.
East Dundee trustees approved the two-year lease with Butcher on the Block at their April 10 meeting, Yucuis said.
He said that according to the agreement, 10 percent of gross sales made at the stand will be what Yucuis pays the village for rent.
The caboose, 112 Railroad St., was bought by the village about three and a half years ago and is about 350 square feet, East Dundee Village Administrator Bob Skurla said.
The village considered four other vendors to lease out the space, he said.
“They were the only one of the four applicants that really had ongoing, current experience running a food service operation,” Skurla said of Butcher on the Block.
The village also liked that Butcher on the Block owners, Tom and Jill Yucuis, are East Dundee residents and locally source much of their food, Skurla said.
Yucuis hopes to open the stand at the beginning of May under the name “Butcher on the Block Stop.”
In the future, Yucuis said he wants to apply for a liquor license for the caboose and add an outdoor fire pit and teepee so he can operate year-round.
“I don’t do things small when I see an opportunity,” Yucuis said.