It’s been many months in the making, but Egg Harbor Café is finally in the midst of their move from Cook Street to their brand new Barrington Main Street location. They’re looking forward to welcoming diners to the new and improved space which is scheduled to open at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6th!
After business hours on Sunday, Egg Harbor closed the doors of their Cook Street location where they’ve been since 1992 and they’ve been busy moving into the new space ever since. Curious to see the new restaurant, I stopped by on Monday for a quick look inside and a conversation with owner Mike Farrell.
At 4350 square feet, Egg Harbor Café’s new space on Main Street is considerably larger than the Cook Street location they have occupied for the past 23 years.
With so much ground to cover, Egg Harbor employees are working feverishly as we speak to prepare the new dining rooms for opening day.
Owner Mike Farrell gave me a quick tour of the new space on Monday and says diners can expect many exciting features in their new location, starting with these FIVE new Egg Harbor Café highlights…
1. The Espresso Bar
“There’s going to be a new espresso bar by our main entrance off the parking lot for waiting guests which we’re really excited about. It will give people a welcoming space to gather as we prepare their tables.”
“There will still be complimentary coffee for waiting guests, but for people who like their coffeehouse fix, they don’t have to walk two blocks down to get it. We’ll have espresso beverages made to order right here at the Egg Harbor Café Espresso Bar and we’ll be serving our Intelligentcia Coffee, which we believe is the best coffee around.”
2. Bright & Open Dining Areas
“In the new location, we’ve expanded our seating capacity by about 35%. We’re offering big booths down the main stretch so diners can come and go from either side. The dining room is bright and open with a wall of windows overlooking Main Street. We’re also using all LED Edison light bulbs which are more energy efficient and create a really nice effect.”
“While the ambiance will be a little bit different, we’ve created a stone wall where we’ve put our stained glass window from the Cook Street location as kind of a tip of our hat to our 23 years there.”
3. More Space & Improved Accessibility
“We’re moving because we needed more space. For anyone who’s been a regular at the other location over the years, you know the space there was very tight. There were upstairs and downstairs areas and it was difficult, particularly for older folks or people with walkers or in wheelchairs so we feel this new space is going to offer a much more user-friendly environment.
4. Expanded Outdoor Dining
On the east side of the building we’re going to have a covered patio area with a retractable awning plus lots of plants and planters. The eastern exposure is really nice because you’ll get to see the beautiful sunrises, just like you did at the old location, but the outdoor dining area is going to be expanded.”
“We’ll also have some seating along Main Street and tables with umbrellas, which will be nice, just to add that outdoor café effect to Barrington’s Main Street.”
5. Environmentally Sustainable Kitchen
“The kitchen has been expanded in a big way, which is a huge help to our people. And we’re moving to something called induction cooking which means, instead of having a roaring flame under cast iron, we’re going to have magnetic heating for our egg pans. That means no more raging heat in the summer for the people who work here.”
In addition to all of these exciting new features, Mike says the parking situation will also be a big improvement. The main entrance to the new restaurant will be via the parking lot off Station Street with many spaces available in the lot. There will also be a Main Street entrance for pedestrian traffic which, Mike says, he’s hopeful they’ll see even more of as new businesses open in the new Barrington Village Center development.
“This whole development in the center of town seems to be kind of a focal point right now. We’re going to have a sushi bar with rooftop dining and a steakhouse coming in, I just think it’s going to be a really nice amenity for the people of Barrington. It’s all very exciting because we live in North Barrington and moved here from Lake Bluff not long after we opened Egg Harbor on Cook Street because we love the feeling and the vibe of the town and we look forward to continuing this great tradition in our new and expanded Barrington location.”
Egg Harbor’s new address is at 125 West Main Street, right across from the Jewel/Osco in Barrington. The restaurant will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting on Wednesday, May 6th, and they’re also HIRING! For more information, be sure to ask the manager about current jobs available at Egg Harbor in Barrington. Along with their extensive and creative regular menu, Egg Harbor Café features a popular children’s menu, a gluten-free menu, excellent catering services and after hours events. Here is our full gallery of “sneak peek” photos as Egg Harbor prepares for opening day in Barrington.
Originally hatched in 1985 in Hinsdale, IL, Egg Harbor Café is a third generation, privately-owned and operated eatery specializing in unique breakfast and lunch creations in a warm, casual setting. Now with 18 locations, Egg Harbor Café has a core philosophy of partnering with local, family owned and operated businesses in an ongoing effort to create a unique and healthy breakfast and lunch experience. For more information, visit EggHarborCafe.com.