The Culver's occupying the former Villa Bleu and Mr. Beefy's site recently opened to the public in Fox River Grove.

Owner Barry Himmelfarb said that, so far, business has been "great" and the restaurant has been busy.

"The community has been coming out and supporting us, and we appreciate that," Himmelfarb said. "They’ve been very patient with us; they complimented us on the building, the beautiful patio. It’s wonderful."

As of lunchtime Jan. 17, about 3,263 customers had been served at the new Culver's location at 514 Route 14.

Before opening, Himmelfarb said new employees were trained in the restaurant, and the new building was readied for traffic. He said he hired about 35 people to work in the newly launched eatery.

Himmelfarb also owns Culver’s locations in Woodstock, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.

“We’re proud they came,” Village President Robert Nunamaker said during his remarks at the Fox River Grove Business Roundtable on Jan. 16. “It took maneuvering to do.”

He said this is the kind of commercial development that could attract residents to the village.