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Ole Award Winners Exemplify Confidence and Investment in Batavia

Jan 22, 2019 12:26PM ● By Hannah Ott

Batavia - Seven Batavia businesses will be honored as 2018 Ole Award winners on Thursday, January 24 at the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Inspire 2019 event. One other business will receive a special Restoration and Beautification Award.

The Ole honorees and the appropriate category for their award are:
Remodeling – Industrial: Wedi Corporation, 1160 Pierson Drive
Remodeling – Commercial: Sierra Trading Post, 1980 W. Fabyan Parkway
Remodeling – Commercial: Aldi Store, 451 N. Randall Road
Remodeling – Commercial: Denny’s Restaurant, 521 N. Randall Road
Remodeling – Commercial: Burrito Parrilla, 76 S. Randall Road
Remodeling – Commercial: Crabby Boil, 220 N. Randall Road
Remodeling – Commercial: Pal Joey’s Restaurant, 2030 Main Street

Acquaviva Batavia, 35 N. Water St., will receive a Restoration and Beautification Award for their extensive redecorating of an existing restaurant space. Because this remodel did not fit into the Ole Award criteria, the committee choosing the award winners are giving the special award.

Committee chairperson Catherine Fitch, the marketing and special events coordinator for the Batavia Chamber, said Acquaviva’s remodel is inspiring as well. “We love seeing the addition of new retailers and restaurants in our town,” Fitch explained. 

“Acquaviva has taken a longtime restaurant space in our community and made it their own. Between the interior renovations and the exterior, including their beautiful signage, we felt they were a perfect candidate for our Restoration and Beautification Award.”

The public is invited to attend the Inspire Awards and honor the current generation of hard-working Batavia business owners. The awards presentation of the Citizen of the Year, Georgene Kauth O’DwyerSpirit of Batavia, Batavia United Way; Ole Award winners and the Ambassador of the Year will follow a social reception. 

Inspire 2019: "A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us" takes place on Thursday, Jan. 24, beginning at 6pm at the Nagel Emporium, Marmion’s Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora. In lieu of a silent auction, a live auction of six carefully-curated packages will take place. A playing card raffle will feature an array of entertainment and dining options.

About the Ole Awards: The Ole Award is an award started in 1976 by a group of people who had a love and passion for their community and wanted to promote the city of Batavia. The Ole Awards are given to businesses for a significant improvement and investment either for new construction or for remodel in Batavia. Winners of this award are ones whose investment enhances the city’s economic and aesthetic futures, and provides interest and excitement for the entire community through investing dollars in their properties and buildings. The Ole Award derives its name from a traditional Swedish name, Ole, to honor the hard-working Swedish settlers that were among the first to call Batavia home.

About Batavia Chamber of Commerce: A local business-centered organization, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce sponsors or is involved with several annual Batavia events; including the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast, Citizen of the Year/Ole Awards Event, Chamber Legislative Breakfast and much more. The president and CEO is Holly Deitchman. Membership and information about upcoming Chamber and community events are available online at or by calling (630) 879-7134.

Source: Catherine Fitch, and photo by