After years of planning and construction work, Brad and Brandon Cesaroni have opened Cesaroni’s Cafe and Deli near the Woodstock Square.
The restaurant, 236 Main St., is operating with a limited menu and hours, but the duo plans to transition into a full menu before the cafe’s grand opening March 6, Brad Cesaroni said.
The business serves coffee, tea, smoothies and a variety of breakfast items, including a chicken and waffles breakfast sandwich and the “Busy Bee” sandwich (with local honey, peanut butter, banana and cinnamon on wheat bread). The eatery also serves more traditional breakfast sandwiches, such as the “Hometown Hero,” which includes egg, sausage, avocado and Vermont cheddar cheese served on an English muffin. Online ordering is available.
The lunch menu will include deli sandwiches, paninis, soups and salads, said Brad Cesaroni, who co-owns the cafe with his brother, Brandon.
Brad Cesaroni set his sights on opening a restaurant after stints working at Jimmy John’s and the Corner Grind in Elburn.
“Weirdly enough, I loved it,” Brad Cesaroni said. “I loved making food, making sandwiches, talking to people. I had a passion for it and figured at some point in my life I’d open up a sandwich shop.”
The brothers had to complete massive remodeling on the building, which was built in the late 1800s and has been in the family since the 1990s.
Their father, Mark Cesaroni, bought the building to use for his staffing agency when it seemed Harvard’s Motorola campus would bring thousands of jobs to McHenry County.
The plant closed after only five year of operation, and so Mark Cesaroni closed his Woodstock location and has leased the building to a variety of corporate clients since.
The brothers tried to keep as many original features as possible as a nod to the property’s history. Those features include original marble flooring in the kitchen and preparation area, as well as tiling to replicate an earlier time.
The space also offers couches, board games and coloring books for kids.
“The whole inside is amazing with the ambiance and décor,” Brad Cesaroni said. “I think it’s one of the best-looking buildings in Woodstock right now.”
Cesaroni’s is open from
6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to its website.