Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by By John des Rosiers, Chef/Proprietor of three Lake Bluff businesses –Inovasi, Wisma and The Other Door. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.
By John des Rosiers
Good afternoon to all of our fellow Lake Bluff residents and valued customers. I want to take a few minutes share some of my thoughts regarding the rumors swirling around about The Daily Grind.
Now for those of you who don’t live in our area this probably won’t have much meaning.
Since Inovasi has anchored downtown Lake Bluff, we have seen our community grow, expand, and thrive into a retail downtown that has enjoyed 100% capacity for the past four years. I love this town, the style of it, what it represents, and its strong community feeling. More importantly, I am so happy we have made this our home, and I am proud to be a businessman and employer here.
I chose to write this to clear the air regarding some of the comments brought to my attention that we have something to do with the apparent disagreement between the landlord and The Daily Grind’s owner. First, as a small business owner, I want to assure you that I never want to see another business leave the central district.
Secondly, I have no plans or current interest in the space for any operations involving Wisma, Inovasi, or The Other Door. Furthermore, I am in no position to offer judgment on what is best for the landlord or The Daily Grind. From my perspective as a citizen this is an issue between the two parties, and the issues they share we in the public are never truly privy to.
As always, we are completely committed to our local communities. We continue to strive to have a positive impact in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, we have grown our businesses along with our town’s natural growth. Currently, we employ over 70 people from the surrounding area, and we help contribute to the growing tax base in our small town.
I want everyone to know that our entire staff cares for our customers and their satisfaction, and we value our presence in the community very much.
Therefore my hope is that all of our local citizens will continue to support our businesses, and also the amazing list of local retailers we have that make this town such a wonderful place to live, work and play.
I appreciate that you have taken the time to consider my thoughts, and I hope to see all of you in downtown Lake Bluff soon.
John des Rosiers
the other door