At the time Patch announced the forthcoming of Homewood’s newest fine dining restaurant, “The Cottage on Dixie,” the owners of the new business remained a mystery. After nearly three months of mild speculation, local philanthropists Glenna and Dudley Elvery have come forward as owners of the anticipated restaurant. The Elvery’s are well known throughout the area for their charitable work, including fundraising for South Suburban Family Shelter and church activities and other fundraisers—many of which they run from their own home in Olympia Fields.
"About a decade ago my husband and I seriously considered moving away form the South Suburbs,” Glenna Elvery said. “Instead we made a commitment to them, he through his work both in a local congregation and in collaborative efforts between faith groups and I through my support of needed agencies such as the South Suburban Family Shelter.
"As ‘foodies’ we value fine dining," Elvery continued. "When the opportunity to open a fine dining restaurant, The Cottage on Dixie, arose, both our commitments to the South Suburbs and passion for good food came together seamlessly."
The Elvery’s are currently working alongside kitchen and restaurant consultants to develop The Cottage on Dixie as a destination location within the Southland.
“We bring an ability to create a vision and to develop a team to fulfill the vision to the project,” Glenna Elvery said. “We firmly believe that the South Suburbs deserves fine dining and it's one of our hopes that we will draw people from the city to experience fine dining here for a change.”
But a questions reamains: why did the Elvery’s wait so long to announce their ownership?
“It's about the business, not us,” Elvery said.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for The Cottage on Dixie will take place today at 8:30 a.m. An opening date for the new restaurant is still pending.