Oswego Year in Review: Local Businesses in the Spotlight

What's opening? What's closing? A look at the local business scene in 2012.

From business openings and closings to plans for the future, here are the business headlines that made a splash in Oswego in 2012:

  • Chick-fil-A All-Nighters Set Up Camp in Restaurant Parking Lot: From protests to its opening to all-nighters camped out for free coupons, Chick-fil-A opened in Oswego in August to a lot of attention
  • Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Facility Opening Doors in Oswego: Autumn Leaves, with locations in Orland Park, Crystal Lake and Vernon Hills, began accepting residents at Oswego location in late November.
  • Oswego Dunkin’ Donuts Opening This Week: Oswego once more has a Dunkin’ Donuts after losing its Gas City location more than a year ago.
  • Craft Beer Brewery Proposed for Downtown Fire Barn: Misfits’ Craft Brewery has been in the proposal stage since January. Do you think it will open sometime in 2013?
  • Local Comcast Employees Picketing Every Wednesday at Mason Square: A group of union employees want their careers to be respected by Comcast.
  • Oswego Firehouse Pizza and Pub Officially Opens: After months of waiting, the new Oswego family-owned pizza and pub restaurant opened its doors in December.
  • : Local employees of Ruby Tuesday at Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora got something of a shock on a Monday morning after discovering through text messages or Facebook posts that they were out of a job.
  • New Comedy Club Opening in Oswego's Tap House Grill: After losing its Comedy Under the Tap group, a new comedy group sets up home at the Oswego Tap House Grill three nights a week. 

Read More Year in Review:

  • The Top 10 of 2012: Oswego Patch's Most-Read Stories of the Year
  • Oswego Year in Review: The Stories That Touched Our Hearts in 2012
  • Oswego Year in Review: The People That Inspired Us in 2012
Oswego Resident December 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I have really become a fan of My Sisters L'il Donut Shoppe this year. Great stuff. And Roberts Auto has found a new customer as well, thanks to the Patch "Best of Oswego" Articles. And no, I don't think the Misfit Brewery will ever open in Oswego.
KevP December 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Actually, I believe it closed around October 2011, so that's probably why is wasn't mentioned.
KevP December 28, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Good to hear. I plan to go this weekend and give it a try. Unfortunately, that's been a cursed location. About 3-4 restaurants have bitten the dust there in the past 5 years or so with some long periods of no occupancy. I commend the new owners for giving it a try and wish them luck!
Logansdad December 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Flappy's had great food and large portion sizes. The service was great when it first opened, but it was pretty bad when I went there about a month ago. The location is bad because there is not many other businesses in that area, plus it is difficult to know if the restuarant is even there when you are driving down Orchard
P. Covello February 22, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Yes My Sister's is a godsend ! I go at least once a week, and would go more often if my wife would let me. You can keep your oatmeal at PANERA & McDONALDS, that's for babys.... Donuts and Coffee, that's for big boys and girls.


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