Comings & Goings: Zapatista here at last
By Daina Saleh For The Sun February 8, 2013 1:44PM
"It's where fine dining meets Mexican cuisine," says Keith Zust, general manager of Naperville's Zapatista, the newest addition to a selection of restaurants on Freedom Dr. | Daina Saleh~Sun-Times Media
Where: 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: 710 E. Ogden, suite 330, Naperville
Hours: Office hours by appointment, seven days a week
Where: 1199 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville
Hours: Daily 6 a.m. to midnight
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:19AM
The hype and wait is over. Zapatista opened Jan. 9 at 1703 Freedom Drive in Naperville, and celebrated its grand opening last Thursday.
“Zapatista is a chef-driven Mexican concept that celebrates the cuisine and diversity of tastes,” says Keith Zust, general manager of the Naperville location. He previously ran the only two other locations, one in the South Loop and one in Northbrook.
The restaurant promises to offer rustic and updated Mexican cuisine, covering all seven regions: Noroeste, Noreste, Sureste, Occidente, Centro, Golfo and Oaxaca. The indigenous dishes were selected upon extensive travel of Mexico, Zust says.
Some of the popular items on the menu are Zapatista’s fajitas.
“They are different. We use hand-carved lave stone molcajetes,” a traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle tool, Zust explains.
Another distinguishing item on the menu are the specialty tacos, including fish and lamb variations. Enchiladas, burritos, chilis, quesadillas as well as plated entrees can also be found on the menu. Try the Fajitas for Two, selecting two from the options of pollo (chicken), carne asada (skirt steak), camaron (shrimp) or vegetables served in hot molcajete plates.
Each item on the menu is labeled by its origin. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes are all available; menus can be found online at www.zapatistarestaurant.com.
Also check out their lunch combos and weekend brunch specials with items priced as low as $5.
“Our principal is to serve daily fresh foods, cooked to order. Except the ice cream,” Zust chuckles.
Zapatista, the name based on a hero of the Mexican revolution, owned the prime location since 2009.
“This is an A-list property. Five minutes from anywhere,” adds Zust, a Naperville resident since August.
Come to this fun lunch or fancy dinner destination to enjoy the food, or just sip on a cocktail.
Charlene Thobe Scott, a longtime Naperville resident, was encouraged by an ever-growing network of friends and colleagues to start her own business a few years ago. Initially practicing alone, therapists soon joined and Passage Counseling Center, 710 E. Ogden Ave., suite 330, was born.
“There are many people in the Naperville area who require our services but may feel anxious about starting treatment. We work hard at making them comfortable so they can get the help they need,” says Scott, hinting at the obstacles clients have to overcome to feel trust in a therapist and practice.
Passage Counseling Center has five therapists who work with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group, couples and family sessions, with expertise in addictions, dual diagnosis, mood disorders, women’s issues and couples therapy.
Scott summarizes the goals of the practice: “Between the patients and the staff, we held onto a vision of creating an atmosphere where people would feel comfortable sharing a vulnerable aspect of their lives and move forward in a healthier way.”
Kmart closing on Ogden
On Jan. 27, the Kmart store at 1199 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville officially started its liquidation sale, and will close April 14, confirms Howard Riefs, director of corporate public relations at Sears Holdings.
“This store is being closed because it was under performing. ... The store’s 98 employees will have an opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores,” Riefs adds.
“The store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model.”
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