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New Jölane's Café And Wine Bar Gets Abt into Restaurant Business

GLENVIEW, IL (FebruarY, 2008) - The Abt Electronics family has taken the adage 'Honor thy mother' to heart with the opening of Jölanes Café and Wine Bar, a new European-style coffeehouse located adjacent to the Abt store in Glenview. The cafe is named after the family matriarch, a Hungarian immigrant known in the U.S. as Jewel but born Jölane. She started the business as Abt Radio with her husband Dave in 1936 and worked side by side with him into her 70s.

Offering indoor seating for 100 plus an 80-seat outdoor patio, Jölane's is a full-service restaurant with a European flavor featuring an extensive coffee and tea menu, a full wine bar, and entrees ranging from freshly prepared baked eggs, asparagus crepes and Nutella crepes to traditional Austrian goulash and Viennese pasta tossed with cheese, onion, garlic, bacon and chives. The menu also includes soups, salads, sandwiches and a broad selection of Viennese pastries.

The café serves freshly roasted Viennese coffee from Julius Meinl, Central Europe's leading coffee company for 145 years, with unique European-inspired specialty drinks such as Linzer and Cinnamon Bun Lattes, Black Forest and Macadamia Nut Mochas, and Toffee Praline Frappes.

All coffees and teas are served in porcelain cups and saucers presented on a silver tray with a chaser of purified water to offset any dehydrating effects of caffeine. Other drinks include European hot chocolate, smoothies, Italian sodas, fruit tea infusions and flavored lemonades.

The upscale décor consists of deep brown mahogany booths, plush red leather seating, granite tables, faux Venetian plaster walls, and a long mahogany and granite counter with a custom-made glass pastry case.

"Jölane's is a response to our customers' continued requests for a dining experience comparable to the shopping experience in our store. Like our retail store with its emphasis on customer service, it is a luxury environment that delivers much more than the typical coffee shop," said Abt Electronics CEO Bob Abt. "As part of the new Abt design center, it offers a place where Abt shoppers as well as anyone traveling near the store can meet, eat and relax in a truly comfortable setting."

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