Sweet Basil Café opens new location near CherryVale Mall

The restaurant chain has six locations around Illinois with two more opening soon.
Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 8:15 PM CDT
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CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. (WIFR) - A chain with a few “links” in it extends its reach into the Rockford region with the opening of a new restaurant.

Sweet Basil Café took over the former TGI Friday’s location at the corner of Perryville Road and Harrison Avenue. Owners say renovations took about six months.

The café has locations in around the Chicago area with plans to open another in Champaign next month.

Owners say they have a good feeling about bringing their business to the Forest City. Co-owner Denise Karonis, tells 23 News, “The amount of business that we’ve generated initially has been tremendous. The support from the community is incredible. But, we also knew we were going to be busy. We’ve been getting phone calls for months of ‘when are you going to open’?’ So, we’re very, very excited about being here.”

Sweet Basil will also offer dog-friendly outdoor dining. For more information or to look at a menu, go to

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