Naperville Train Station Food Truck Staple Harry's Cafe Wins Out Against Moving

Bernie Tafoya
October 02, 2019 - 12:36 pm

Harry and Kathy Buenger

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NAPERVILLE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Morning commuters in Naperville will continue to be able to get their java from a popular food truck. 

Harry’s Café has been serving up coffee, packaged foods and cheerful conversation for four decades. 

Last night, the Naperville City Council amended an ordinance it passed that would have made it more difficult for Harry’s to continue to do business where it is now, at the 5th Avenue train station. 

Last week, the city passed an ordinance that would have forced the food truck to move after 41 years in business.

More than 3,000 people signed an online petition asking the council to reconsider its ordinance — and last night, it did.

"It got to the point where I not only memorized people’s coffees, but then I started working on names and their kids names and before you know it, I’ve got second generation people coming through there," 62-year old Harry Buenger said, owner of the cafe.

Buenger's wife, Kathy Buenger, said Harry's Cafe provides a personal touch you don't find many places.

Kathy Buenger and Harry Buenger. (Harry Buenger)

"We’ve got commuters that will be running for the train and we can see them; Harry will prepare their coffee and run it to the train for them," Kathy Buenger said.

Harry Buenger said one retired customer showed up Monday to get people to sign paper petitions in support of Harry's Cafe. Buenger said he was almost moved to tears by the support. 

Buenger said he hopes to be able to continue to get permits to stay in business for about five more years, when he plans to retire.

"If I could get five years, I’d be the happiest guy on the planet," he said.