Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee Wednesday afternoon recommended approval of plans for a whole foods, plant-based juice and smoothie bar at 1906 Main St.

The owner of  the planned 4 Suns Fresh Juice restaurant is Gabrielle Jean-Paul Aguilar, who until recently was manager of the Chute Middle School cafeteria.

Aguilar says she started a mobile juicing pop-up business two years ago and that the new location will be her first brick-and-mortar business.

The planned menu features all vegan items made with freshly juiced fruits and vegetables along with smoothies, teas, soups, rice bowls and salads.

The 700-square-foot location will have limited seating at a counter and a couple of tables

Aguilar says she plans to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Her request for a special use permit for the restaurant now goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals and will ultimately require City Council approval.

The Design and Project Review Committee Wednesday also recommended approved of special use permit applications to expand a detached single family home in a B1 business district at 1717 Simpson St. and for child residential care homes at 820 and 824 Gaffield Place operated by Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Juice Bar in a busines location.

    Can anyone explain why a juice bar in a building that is built for business require a special use permit?

    1. Juice bar

      Hi Dan,

      …because any restaurant that offers carry-out service requires a special use permit in Evanston.

      Many years ago the aldermen decided that they needed the hammer of having the power to revoke a special use permit to get carry-out restaurants to pick up trash customers leaving the restaurants might drop on the sidewalks.

      There also have been other concerns that the wrong sort of carry out joints could degrade a neighborhood.

      In practice, would-be owners of carry-out restaurants always promise to follow the rules and the permits are almost always approved and I can’t recall off hand an instance of such a permit, once issued, actually being revoked.

      — Bill

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