JOLIET, IL — Last September, Patch broke the news that Joliet’s only Church’s Chicken had closed at the corner of Collins and Jackson Streets. On Monday afternoon, the former Church’s restaurant was a hub of activity.
As several contractors were working inside the building, a sign company was using a bucket truck to take down the Church’s advertising marquee along Collins Street. Inside, contractors told Joliet Patch that the former Church’s is being converted into a Shark’s Fish and Chicken.
The contractors said it was their understanding that the owner of the Shark’s hoped to have the new restaurant open in about 30 days.
“Family-style meals are what we are all about at Shark’s Fish & Chicken. Located in Chicago, we pride ourselves the best fresh fish and homemade chicken meals served,” the restaurant’s website proclaims.
Contractors told Joliet Patch that the property will still need to have the city of Joliet’s building and inspections department approve its permits for occupancy.
The new Shark’s restaurant on Joliet’s east side will not feature a drive-thru window, the contractors said. Instead, the restaurant will focus on carryout orders and indoor dining. The future Shark’s is across the street from a Gulf gas station.
A Shark’s restaurant had been open in recent years along Joliet’s South Chicago Street, but that Shark’s closed several months ago and recently became a Seafood Junction carryout restaurant.
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