McAlister’s Deli has opened its first south suburban location in Orland Park’s new Gateway Plaza at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road.
The restaurant opened Monday at 14309 S. LaGrange Road.
Orland is the second location for a McAlister’s Deli operated by The Hari Group, a franchise development company based in Naperville. The first one is in Naperville.
A third McAlister’s Deli location is planned for U.S. 30 and Wolf Road in Mokena.
“We’re very excited to be opening in Orland Park,” said Ravi Patel, one of the co-owners. “It’s a great location.”
Patel said McAlister’s has a large variety of sandwiches, salads and soups. It also has a menu item called Spuds, which is a large baked potato that can topped with a variety of items from black olives and jalapenos to grilled chicken and black angus roast beef.
McAlister’s is also famous for its iced tea, which can be regular or sweet or a combination. You can also get it mixed with lemonade.
Patel said McAlister’s will offer dine-in, carryout and catering.
“Eventually, we will have outdoor seating,” he said.
Patel said hiring is still underway for the Orland location, which will employ 50-60 when it opens.
The company started in 1989 in an old service station that had been turned into a 1950’s diner by a film crew. It now has more than 400 locations in 28 states.
There are 18 restaurants in Illinois and two in northwest Indiana in Schererville and Merrillville.
The 10,500-square-foot Gateway Plaza was developed on the former site of Steagerman’s Union 76 gas station and is kitty-corner from the University of Chicago Medical Center. A Visionworks optical shop is already open at the site. A City Barbecue restaurant is scheduled to open in the same development later this month.