Breakfast, lunch and beyond:New CoCo’s open for dinner

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 The New CoCo’s Restaurant is open and the PAGE-10-2-col-ownersKenny, Lu and Imo Asani have reopened CoCo’s Restaurant in Hickory Hills. Photo by Jeff Vorva.owners say they’re ready to offer family dining at reasonable prices in an area lacking that feature.
  The Hickory Hills restaurant, 9505 S. Roberts Road, reopened on March 5, nearly one year after the previous owners closed the doors.
  Kenny and Lu Asani, the restaurant’s new owners, believe they’ve made the necessary changes to make the restaurant a huge success.
  The duo is not short on experience.
  “I grew up in the restaurant business with my dad,” Lu Asani said.
  Kenny also came up in kitchen, working with family in all aspects of the food business since arriving from Macedonia.
  Kenny’s brother, Imo, and brother-in-law, Jimmy, also are involved in the day-to-day operation of the restaurant.
  The new owners did little to alter the appearance of the eatery other than to make some small changes to the entrance. A new pie case was added to display the restaurant’s wide variety of desserts.
  “We get a lot of compliments,” Lu Asani said.
  So far, the restaurant’s greatest challenge is to spread the word that it’s open for dinner until 10 p.m. The original CoCo’s Restaurant closed at 4 p.m.
  “It’s slowly progressing,” Lu Asani said. “I still get a lot of feedback from people who say, ‘I didn’t even you know you were open for dinner.’”
  The dinner menu is varied, featuring a wide selection of Greek cuisine, seafood, stir fry, steaks and chops and Italian dishes.
  Dinner selections come with homemade soup or salad, potato and rolls and dessert. Many dishes are less than $10, as the owners strive to offer affordable dining to community.
  Numerous club and croissant sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers and hot sandwiches also are available for lunch and dinner.
  CoCo’s also serves an extensive breakfast menu for every appetite.
  Pancakes, toast or biscuits and gravy are served with every egg dish.
  The breakfast menu also features Belgian waffles, crepes and numerous varieties of French toast, including red velvet, banana nut and cherry kijafa. Eggs benedict, omelets and skillet dishes round out the breakfast menu, which is served all day.
  The owners are hoping that the unique menu selections coupled with affordable prices will set them apart from the competition.
  “We have some dishes that are not offered at other restaurants around here,” Lu Asani said.
  CoCo’s is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, and carry-out is available. The restaurant seats 220 people in three dining areas, which can easily accommodate large parties. For information, call 708- 634-2051.