Downers Grove's Omega Restaurant readies for March 4 reopening
DOWNERS GROVE — The return of Omega Restaurant is in sight.
Owners have announced March 4 as the date the long-standing restaurant at 1300 Ogden Ave. will reopen its doors, more than seven months after shuttering under a slew of unpaid bills, code violations and infighting between the owner and managers.
Co-owner Nick Christopoulos confirmed Friday that the restaurant's marquee sign — "OPENING MARCH 4 HIRING ALL POSITIONS" — is accurate.
The owners are planning on cutting back from 24-hour service. Christopoulos said the new Omega Restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
The restaurant is reopening with the same owners but new managers after closing suddenly last summer.
Long-running problems at the restaurant became public in May, when Commonwealth Edison shut off the building's electricity over what they said was a nearly $50,000 unpaid bill. Power was restored, but the utility company shut it off again the next month over another unpaid bill.
By July, the restaurant also had racked up another roughly $20,000 in unpaid water bills to the village and the Downers Grove Sanitary District.
All along, the restaurant's operator, Jim Stavropoulos, was at odds with the owner, George Andrews.
The DuPage County Circuit Court records show years of fighting over both rent and the running of the restaurant. In May, Andrews claimed in court that Stavropolous hadn't paid rent since February.
By July, Andrews was claiming in court that he was owed $364,000. That month, Stavropoulos agreed to vacate the restaurant and pay Andrew $81,000.
Since then, the owners have been doing work on the restaurant to bring it up to code. Christopoulos, who now is co-owner with Andrews, has said he hopes the restaurant can move forward from last year's debacle.
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