Comings & Goings: Fire It Up with taco fusion

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Fire It Up

Where: Weston Ridge Drive, suite 112, Naperville

Call: 630-305-8225


Facebook: Fire-It-Up

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

The Springs of Monarch Landing

Where: 2255 Monarch Drive, Naperville




Hours: By appointment

Ann Taylor

Where: Main Street Promenade, 55 S. Main St., Naperville

Call: 630-573-4825


Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Sharko’s BBQ

Where: 4931 S. Route 59, suite 127, Naperville

Call: 630-717-7227


Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

When Rick and Julie VanBuren decided it was time to take their flourishing food truck business main stream, Naperville was their first choice to park.

They recently debuted their mostly organic, but definitely all natural, taco fusion fare at Fire It Up, by the Route 59 Metra Station.

“Tacos are our canvas,” says Rick VanBuren of the non-traditional taco-based menu at the full-service restaurant that opened in October.

They take some inspiration from Argentinian and Cuban cuisine.

“We add different flavors to the canvas by utilizing clean foods. They are not your traditional tacos,” VanBuren explains.

The idea of going with natural and organic ingredients stems from personal changes the VanBuren household adopted years ago.

“We did research on the food system, how much it impacts lives,” VanBuren says. “Once you have that knowledge, you cannot go back!”

Rick VanBuren has more than 20 years of restaurant business experience. He and his wife, who works in the marketing industry and helps out on that front of the business, decided it was time to bring their knowledge of “the correlation between food and health” to the market.

Finding the freshest and most natural ingredients at farmers markets and bringing in specifically chosen meats and dairy from farms in Wisconsin was only the start.

Almost all tacos, salads and sides of quinoa, rice or homemade Parmesan-tossed chips can be ordered to match dietary restrictions — from the Paleo diet to gluten-free requirements. Mix and match to your taste.

Everything is made in-house and from scratch, VanBuren promises.

“We dry, soak, cook and sort our own beans. Nothing comes form a can,” he adds.

Local craft beers such as Solemn Oath and Two Brothers, as well as Blue Agave spirit from Chicagoland Tailwind Distillery used to make some in-house margarita recipes round off the selective offering.

“It’s a small focused menu but very detailed,” VanBuren says.

Stop in for lunch specials Tuesday through Friday.

Expansion starts

Started last year, the new addition to Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement community, is in its final stages.

The Springs is destined to open this summer at 2255 Monarch Drive, off Route 59 and just north of I-88.

“The same high standards at Monarch Landing — engaging programs and activities, excellent food, amenities and service — will carry over to The Springs,” said administrator Jennifer Roach.

The annex will be home to 28 residents and facilitates couples staying together despite different care needs.

“It looks and feels like home,” said Julianna Greer, director of residential health services.

“The Springs embraces a household philosophy, with a shared lobby, clusters of private rooms around welcoming living and dining areas, art on the walls, service equipment out of sight, no overhead paging system, and no hint of an institutional atmosphere.”

Greer also said the addition will provide memory-support assisted living in a non-sterile environment.

Providing familiar surroundings and familiar people is one of the principles at Monarch Landing. Furnishing their own rooms is especially helpful to residents with memory issues, Greer said.

A new health center also offers short-term rehabilitation, respite care and long-term care for residents also.

Final location

After only a few months at its Washington Street location, Ann Taylor plans to move by April 28 to its new concept store at the recently developed Main Street Promenade, 55 S. Main St.

The concept store will fuse a boutique-style atmosphere with the look of a stylish home for a more intimate shopping experience. Chandeliers accent modern tufted furniture, giving the feel of being in an oversized walk-in-closet with plush carpeting.

“Spring 2014 is about redefining the modern closet for our clients. We have our ‘A-List’ pieces, perfect for any occasion, throughout the store,” said Lisa Axelson, creative director and Council of Fashion Designers of America member. “We’ve updated the look of our stores to feel light, modern and airy, and showcase the full breadth and versatility of the spring collection.”

The temporary Washington Street location will be closing its doors.


Coming up to its first year anniversary, Sharko’s BBQ, 4931 S. Route 59, is adding some seasonal diversion to its rustic menu formed around “everything barbecued and smoked.”

“We are always looking to improve the experience,” says owner Brian Sharko, introducing some seasonal specials like bone-in ham and turkey.

Sharko’s BBQ, winner of best sauce at Naperville’s Ribfest, promises rubbed meats slowly smoked for up to 17 hours, and is also adding fish to their menu.

“We will have fire-roasted Atlantic salmon every Friday,” adds Sharko.

He also wants to bring live entertainment to the patio once temperatures allow.

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