A new restaurant could be coming to town in the near future to breathe new life into the former Mia Cucina location.
Tap House Grill currently has seven Illinois locations in Glen Ellyn, Highwood, Oswego, Plainfield, Westmont, Lemont and St. Charles, according to their website.
“This allows the village to negotiate a 10-year lease, with an option [for Tap House Grill] to purchase the property,” Ottesen said.
Ottesen said the village believes this is a good use for the building that will create more synergy in the downtown area.
The property has been vacant since 2006 when Mia Cucina went out of business. The village was approached by the owners, and purchased the property for $2.2 million with an eye toward future development.
Previously, there was an approved mixed-used development that included ground floor retail and condominiums above, according to village documents.
“Since then there has been no development approved for that block due to the downturn in the economy,” Ottesen said.
Tap House Grill is seeking a special use permit, which would first go before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The process for approval could take between five to seven weeks, according to Ben Vyverberg, director economic planning and development.
Ottesen said if approval is received by the ZBA, the proposal could be considered by the village council by February.