Uncle John’s, Belvidere IL | Merchant Profile

Uncle Johnís has been a family-owned restaurant since 1992. The current owners, Abedin and Patty Ibraimi, were given control of the restaurant from Pattyís parents in 2004.Abedin first came to America from the former Yugoslavia in 1988 when he was only fourteen-years-old. Abedin is of Albanian descent and since day one of coming to the US started working in the restaurant business. From starting out as a dishwasher to moving through the industry to a food distribution company, he has garnered years of experience. While working at the food distribution company, Abedin met his now-wife Patty. Patty is also of Albanian descent, but was born in the US. Most people refer to Patty as ìShpresaî which means hope in Albanian. Pattyís father first came to the western suburbs of Chicago in the late 1960s where he was a well-known chef. In the early 80s he owned a Swedish Pancake House in downtown Rockford. His Swedish grandmother taught him their special Swedish pancake recipe that Abedin and Patty still use at Uncle Johnís today.Today, Pattyís mother still opens the restaurant every morning at 5am. Customers rave about Uncle Johnís breakfast dishes like their Farmerís Omelet, which is made with ham, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions then is stuffed with hash browns and wrapped around like roll. They also offer a Hungry Man Skillet that is served on a huge platter instead of a traditional skillet loaded with hash browns, eggs, cheese, and any other fix-ins the customer chooses.For lunch they offer their popular rolls and club sandwiches along with fish fry, patty melts, and burgers. Abedin likes to stress that Uncle Johnís is not a fast food joint; they are a sit-down restaurant because they focus on quality and are going to make sure their food is made fresh and done right the first time.

1053 Logan Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008