NafNaf Grill, the Mediterranean fast-food restaurant that started from a small Naperville location five years ago, has quickly grown to eight Chicago-area locations. A third Naperville location is opening at 22 E. Chicago Ave. downtown.
David Sloan, one of four owners, attributes their success to never budging on their recipes and product quality.
“We make no sacrifices in terms of our product,” he says.
The downtown restaurant will introduce a concept slightly different from the other two Naperville locations.
“It’ll be more like a Chipotle lineup,” Sloan says. “It’s a game changer.”
NafNaf Grill will continue to offer its popular falafel and shawerma, introducing a chicken shawerma and steak option to the menu.
“We are offering the choices in a bowl or pita, and have added a few new sauces and an onion salad,” Sloan says.
He specifically points out their special garlic sauce.
“We want to focus on our main items only,” Sloan adds. “Either do something at your best or don’t do it at all.”
NafNaf Grill, already environmentally conscious, will continue their commitment to using recycled glass tiles, efficient lighting and re-purposed wood for furniture such as their benches.
“We are always looking to improve on that,” Sloan says. He’s always open to suggestions, too.
Sloan and co-owners Sahar Sander, Elan Burger and Justin Halpenny started NafNaf in January 2009 from an old Taco Bell store on Ogden Avenue.
“I run a money management firm, and when I tried their food, I was hooked,” Sloan remembers. “I jumped at the opportunity, partnered up with them, and it’s been the right decision.”
Passages Counseling Center, which opened in Naperville in 2008, is introducing Guided Passages, a specialized program offering all kinds of interventions.
Charlene Scott, founder of Passages Counseling, has been doing interventions since 2008. She is offering Guided Passages to “help save lives and restore family functioning.”
“Interventions are very difficult because the clinician needs to have significant knowledge, training and experience in multiple areas, which include family systems, mental illness, chemical dependency, crisis intervention and psychotherapy,” says Scott, who is also a trained interventionist. “There are few trained interventionists who are also clinicians.
“We chose the Arise model of intervention, because it is respectful and effective.”
The Arise model is a three-phase process designed to lead and guide the addicted individual to the appropriate treatment. It includes the patient in the process.
A typical intervention usually starts with a non-committal 45-minute meeting with family members, and then continues with 10 clinical hours to help “the intended patient” and assist family to prepare for some further form of treatment.
“This model has a very high success rate,” Scott says.
Scott, the senior interventionist, is a certified professional interventionist (CPI), the national intervention credential, and also a certified Arise interventionist (CAI).
Eric Mueller, another counselor at Passages, also is training to become a certified Arise interventionist.
Those who feel they have exhausted their own options in helping a loved one can contact Charlene Scott through the website www.passagecounseling.net or call 630-848-0445. The website also offers more on the approach and pricing.
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