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Lifelong Palatine Residents Purchase Brandt’s The Little Café

Walt Oswald and Jimmy Iuorio purchased Brandt’s on Wednesday, and plan to keep the family feel and raved about food that has been a staple in Palatine for close to 50 years.

Great news for Brandt's The Little Cafe fans, new life has been breathed into the business after two lifelong Palatine residents purchased it on Wednesday.

Jimmy Iuorio and Walt Oswald bought the business and according to Iuorio, the two plan to make some upgrades, but will keep the same food and general ambiance of the Palatine favorite.

“Brandt's has been there since 1964. We feel that there needs to be something in our lives and in our towns that stays constant. So far it's been constant for 50 years and we hope to get another 50,” Iuorio said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Iuorio said after travelling through Europe, he grew to love the little pubs that felt like the community living room.

“That’s the way we hope people feel about it, not fancy but homey and friendly and good for a Tuesday night dinner and a game,” Iuorio said.

Before the sale it was unclear whether Brandt's would remain open in 2013.

How the business got into trouble, as reported by Palatine Patch in mid-October, goes back to the late 1990s when property taxes on the two acres the restaurant is located on, began to rise.

"In the early 1990's, I was paying $12,000 a year in taxes, but in the late 1990's, they [taxes] rose to $50,000 a year, that's when things got hard," Brandt's then owner George Grisco told Patch in December.

According to court documents, as of May 31, 2011, and foreclosure proceedings began against the property in June 2011.

Stay tuned for updates on this story from Palatine Patch! 

Kelly Kelley February 01, 2013 at 11:58 PM
So glad to hear this news. Good luck to all of you. Tom and I will be there often. It was our first date 25 years ago. Kelly Kelley
Matt Ellis February 02, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Even though a business has been in town for over 50 years, that does not guarantee continued success and prosperity. I have been a regular since the70s and have seen the rise of an institution years of mediocracy and what in the last 10 years as a place sadly to say, to avoid. What once had large portions and a family feel all for some reason changed in the mid 80s. On a recent visit I was hoping for a meal from the early days that I remembered but instead I was in a virtually empty building on a Friday night at 7:30pm. We had to stay away from the Steaks as the were at Prime steakhouse prices. I ordered the famous burger that I remembered and for just under $10 bucks it just wasn't the same. It was ok, but it was on a white plate not the baskets from the past and it had some all wilted romaine lettuce hidden under the bun for some reason and with 2 scrawny pickles and about 7 fries on the plate I felt ripped off. The Chick Parm had about a very small amount of pasta and a pile of corn dumped on the side of the pasta. The pitcher of beer cost over $15 bucks. And a hamburger soup? Seriously it contained cooked patty broken up in a vegetable soup. A food critic Im not but I don't know why Brandt's gave up on the food side. The bar was never the catalyst and it was sad to watch the Little Cafe loose their way. Good luck to the new owners. Take that quaint old building and start a new chapter with new cooks,new bartenders and new servers. Use a new vision and tradition!
Kristina Hertler February 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Thank you for keeping Brandt's alive! A suggestion for the future Brandt's - make a Facebook Page and get some new burger creations on the menu. Keep the classic burger on the menu. Get some good specials going - a burger of the month or something to keep people coming back. Burgers and Bloodys on Sunday? Heck yes. What I love most about Brandts is the atmosphere. Dont take that away... Keep is true to it's reputation!
Reid Seidner February 10, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Part of their sucess will depend on if they bring back the waitresses, each waitress has a huge group of loyal customers that come to Brandts not just for the food, but for the friendships that have developed - to much " change " can be a bad thing for a business - sometimes a fatal mistake. Fix the bathrooms, enlarge the kitchen, but don't go crazy - you bought Brandts to save a Palatine institution - not to create a new place in old building - your going to completly loose the Brandts reputation. Good Luck.
Jim Mertes February 26, 2013 at 04:04 PM
All The Best To The "NEW BRANDT'S" !!!

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