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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! 

Beth January 31, 2013 at 04:34 PM
This is great news - Thanks for making the investment, I wish you many years of success!
wendy marconi rosman January 31, 2013 at 04:46 PM
FABULOUS!!!!!! Can't wait to support the new Brandt's!!!!!!
Catherine January 31, 2013 at 04:52 PM
This made my day!
Tom Lunde January 31, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Excellent. I need this bar because it is stumbling distance from my place.
Peggy January 31, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Thank you for investing in Palatine's tradition! Best wishes for continued success!
Paul Shafer January 31, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Will they serve breakfast using eggs from local Palatine chickens?
Jay F. January 31, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Let's hope the service becomse a bit more friendly under the new ownership. Every time I've been there I've been treated like I'm burdening someone for asking for a drink or food.
DKpromoter January 31, 2013 at 06:41 PM
That's fantastic news for Palatine....glad another Bank or Gas station isn't taking over the corner.
Tom Lunde January 31, 2013 at 07:08 PM
They might do cockfighting too...
Neal January 31, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Best of luck to you, I cannot wait to see an updated Brandt's, it needs it, and has for many years... Please work on good service and value, a couple healthier options on the menu would be nice too. Burgers and fries are good, but not all the time..
Cassie Konuk January 31, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Keeping the family tradition? Just kidding.... You kicked the family out of the tradition. The tradition is no longer there. You're just stealing the name and calling it your own. And a bit more friendly? Good joke. You'll have the same service you had before.
Ken Baldree January 31, 2013 at 09:12 PM
To serve food at the Building that once housed Brandt's Little Cafe is one thing ,but to replace the heritage that Brandt's added to a community is another. At least get the history straight. Brandt's opened at that location in 1969 after moving from a location at Palatine Rd and Northwest Hwy. Joe and Ronnie Brandt opened that location in 1946. You can make all the claims that you want, but no one can ever claim to be the original!
Louanne February 01, 2013 at 01:38 AM
This is awesome news! Many happy blessings and success for the new owners.
Kelly K February 01, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Melanie thanks for the update! I was wondering what happened with Brandt's after the story in October. Thanks to the new owners for making this investment in our community! I especially like the fact that they are longtime Palatine residents. That makes it even more awesome!
Elizabeth Ahlenius February 01, 2013 at 05:04 AM
I was sad to hear that Brandt's had closed their doors earlier this week but elated to see that a lifetime friend and his colleague have purchased the business! Walt - I've known you and your family since the 1st grade at St. Theresa's and wish you and Jimmy nothing but the best with your new endeavor! Thank you for keeping a big part of Palatine's 'little' history alive! Elizabeth Ahlenius
Sue Kirchner February 01, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Great news! Thanks for keeping one of our favorite Palatine hang-outs open.
Debbie Moretti February 01, 2013 at 05:14 PM
So happy to hear that a PALATINE STAPLE will remain in tact for more good times and great food... especially the BURGER!!! Best of luck. A Remaining Patron Debbie M
Jerry Goldsmith February 01, 2013 at 07:23 PM
No, Paul and dthey won't let you sing there either!!!
Neal February 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Hey Cassie, it's not stealing if you bought it. I appreciate each of us having our own opinion, but this couple is only trying to make something that was run down and inefficient into something better, how again is this bad? Also, where's the joke. Huh?
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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