McHENRY – The Hidden Pearl Café is planning to open at a new location in early winter – and it will start serving alcohol.
Hidden Pearl Café, formerly called Hidden Pearl Coffee, closed in January – when the lease of its old location at 1208 N. Green St. was not renewed – to allow for redevelopment of the city’s downtown theater. It now will open down the street at 1250 N. Green St.
Co-owner Dan Kearns said the space will offer live entertainment and arts, and will host events such as poetry nights and comedy.
Hidden Pearl will serve coffee and tea, breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches, wraps and small plates. It also will have mixed drinks, beer and wine.
The owners also plan to add retail merchandise, including bulk coffee and tea, coffee and tea accessories, and equipment and apparel, according to the business’ application.
Hidden Pearl closed when the city approved plans for the downtown McHenry theater redevelopment. It then launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to relocate, and raised $3,760 of its $46,000 goal.
The McHenry City Council approved a liquor license for the space at its last meeting with few questions, aside from a concern about video gambling machines.
The space will offer one machine, but gaming won’t be a focus at the café, Kearns said.
“At this point, I want to make sure we have all bullets firing,” he said. “It seems silly not to tap into a source of income that every other restaurant has.”
Seventh Ward Alderwoman Geri Condon said she was excited to have Hidden Pearl back in the city.
“I felt it was a really eclectic atmosphere. … It really geared toward a whole lot of different populations of the community,” she said. “I am anxious to see it open again and succeed.”
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