Home Slice, a pizza-by-the-slice and chili restaurant, opened in Homewood's Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Home Slice, at 18322 Governors Highway, is in the location that previously was home to Gloria Jean's Coffees.
Home Slice is not a chain restaurant, according to owner Vincent Cryns of Frankfort. It carries slices of Home Run Inn pizza and Lindy’s Chili, two popular food staples in Chicagoland. The restaurant also has various pastries, deserts, tamales and the Walking Taco, a taco made with Frito-Lay chips, cheese and jalapeño. Cryns said he plans to expand the menu to include more sandwiches.
Home Slice serves several kinds of beer, wine and a wide variety of soft drinks.
“I got every kind of soda you can think of,” Cryns said. He points out that Home Slice is serving both Pepsi and Coke products, including Manzanita Sol and multiple flavors of Mountain Dew and Crush. All soft drinks are served by the can.
Cryns described Home Slice as being like an “old-fashioned diner” with decor that includes a green wall depicting a pepperoni pizza with one slice being cut out. There’s also a photo of the first Lindy’s Chili and the people who ran it.
Guests can use the drive-thru service, sit at one of the outdoor tables, or choose indoor seating at a table or booth.
The restaurant has an arcade machine with Galaga or Ms. Pac-Man. Cryns said he plans to add more gaming. Home Slice also has a jukebox that a customer can link to their phone’s Bluetooth and play music of their choice.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business my whole life,” said Cryns, who had owned the Gloria Jean's franchise in the same location. In addition to Home Slice, Cryns owns seven Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage locations, and was the original owner of the Pop’s in the shopping center.
“I thought this was what we needed here, what the town needed,” said Cryns. “You can come in for a quick lunch, and it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg.
“I think this is going to go over well with the high school kids, too. […] I’m a little afraid I could’ve created a monster.”
Cryns said future plans include a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony.