Que It Up finds new home
Kankakee businessman Ken Crite wanted to give his restaurant a second chance. He just didn’t know it would happen so fast.
The owner of Que It Up Bar & Grill will reboot and open a new location inside 1006 S. East Ave., Kankakee. Crite will be operating the kitchen inside Head Up Here Pub. The South East Avenue location was formerly the long-time home for the Copper Corner.
The location will hold a “soft” re-opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Crite will only be operating the kitchen at the location.
“The bar will be functioning at it has. I will be selling and providing the food,” he said. He noted the location has indoor and patio seating for about 120.
He said the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The kitchen will be closed on Sunday.
As he did when he operated Que It Up Cafe, 2005 W. Court St., Kankakee, the location will offer carry-out orders and catering services. Que It Up Cafe opened in August 2016 and closed in February 2018.
Crite wasn’t anticipating getting back into the food business this soon, but when he was approached by Heads Up Here ownership a few months ago, he felt this was the place to give his food business another chance.
Crite is also the director of Kankakee Community College’s Small Business Center.
He said staffing will be far less than when he operated on West Court. He said the kitchen will only have two employees working at a time. At its peak, Que It Up had a staff of nine.
To place an order, call 815-929-1080.
Crite said as in the past, the restaurant will feature pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, rib tips and chicken wings.
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One of Kankakee County’s better known locally-owned restaurants, Fran’s On 17, has been put up for sale and has a $550,000 asking price.
Located at 7096 W. State Route 17, the restaurant and bar has been operated by Limestone’s Fran and Dewey Noe for the past 24 years.
Dewey said due to health reasons, he and Fran are retiring from the business. He said they plan on remaining in the community.
The eatery has seating for 140, Dewey said. The listing also notes there is a 1,400-square-foot second-floor apartment. In addition to the restaurant and apartment, there is a two-car garage and a storage building.
In addition to those structures, the 15-acre property has 12 acres which are farmed.