Niche opens after remodel

By Pam Molnar
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April 16, 2014 4:36PM

Niche reopens in Geneva after remodel. | Submitted

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Where: 14 S. Third St., Geneva

Call: 630-262-1000


Hours: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday for private events.


Where: 742 Butterfield Road, North Aurora

Call: 630-358-9154


Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Mind Body Chiropractic

Where: 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Call: 630-978-8600


Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday

What a difference a week makes. Niche, a cozy restaurant located at 14 S. Third Street in Geneva, recently reopened after a quick remodel. “We normally do a makeover every two years to stay fresh,” says General Manager Vince Balistreri. In addition to a new bar top, tables and chairs, the remodel gave the restaurant more space by removing a wall around the bar and changing the wine room.

It also includes the return of St. Charles resident Chef Chris Ayukawa. Balistreri and Ayukawa worked together when Niche opened eight years ago.

Niche’s menu includes fine dining entrees like fish and steak, but also incorporates more casual dining with burgers and fried chicken. “We have evolved to a more casual, ‘come as you are’ restaurant,” says Balistreri.

The menu is changed daily based on the fresh fish that comes in or the produce that is available from their farm in Elburn.

While they don’t have a children’s menu, they are happy to alter the menu to fit a younger palate.

An easy way to sample the menu is by ordering a Chef’s Tasting. “This allows you to try a little bit of the menu,” says Ayukawa, and comes in three and five course options. “The five course tasting is a lot of food.”

Wednesday Night Specials include half price pints and beer. Wine Tasting Nights are offered every three months and they have a special late night menu for Friday and Saturday nights.

Niche is closed on Sunday and Monday for catering or to host private parties including showers and rehearsal dinners. “We even hosted a few small weddings,” says Balistreri.

An event to celebrate their re-opening is scheduled for April 27.

Computer, phone repair

Ron Beem has been fixing electronics as far back as he remembers. Ten years ago, he turned that hobby into a business and created RonnieWare, a technical services company.

In November 2013, Ron expanded his business to include a retail space. “We opened in North Aurora because there was a need for our service,” says Beem, a St. Charles resident.

Beem says the majority of their business includes iPhone, iPad and Android screen repairs which are done in the store. RonnieWare’s other services include computer hardware and software fixes, computer training, installations and assistance with TV install and set ups.

They also serve the business community with computer repair and training. “We save them from having to staff an IT department,” says Beem.

Chiropractor moves

A Ribbon Cutting was held on April 16 to mark the grand opening of Mind Body Chiropractic’s new location at 3535 E. New York Street in Aurora. Dr. Houston Brown and his staff offered tours of new offices and free consultations as part of the celebration.

It was Dr. Brown’s experience with a high school football injury that encouraged him to become a chiropractor. The chiropractic care at Mind Body shows clients they can feel pain relief without expensive medicines or surgery.

Mind and Body Chiropractic helps clients with back and neck pain or numbness caused by sports and work injuries or car accidents. In addition to pain relief, Dr. Houston Brown of Aurora, educates his clients about exercise, diet, and nutrition. “We treat people in order to be a better them,” says Brown.