[The doughnut bites are a featured item as are the shoestring potatoes.]
"We do have a dedicated fryer for french fries," he said. "Nothing breaded ever goes in that fryer."
Initially, the restaurant has been offering lettuce wraps for patrons avoiding buns with wheat, but has been planning to add a gluten-free bread option.
One of the signature garnishes on the menu is the "Schlick sauce," a recipe the namesake guards closely and describes as amazing.
The 302 Wheaton menu extends to shoestring fries, salad, an Impossible burger, hot dog and doughnut bites, plus grilled cheese and chicken tenders for children.
Schlickman's career as architect took him to places like Abu Dhabi and China, and back in his hometown of Wheaton, he turned his skills to reinventing a long vacant transmission shop with lots of potential.
"I bought Shane's Deli in downtown Wheaton to get experience – with 302 as the end goal," Schlickman said of that previous joint enterprise. "It was always a place my family loved going. [We'd] run into other friends and families there."
His intention was to create a place that similarly captured the interest of multiple generations and would be a fun place for kids and adults to hang out, he said, adding he has four children, ranging from a 2-year-old to a sixth-grader.