New pancake restaurant planned for Grant Square

HINSDALE – A pancake house is set to replace the void left after Grant Square Restaurant in Hinsdale closed this summer.

Ted “Theo” Maglaris, the owner of Prasino, plans to open Yia Yia’s Pancake House (translates to grandma’s) at 13 Grant Square in early 2014.

“It looks like late February or early March,” Maglaris said of the tentative opening date.

Maglaris said the pancake house will feature a fresh juice bar, special coffees, and a breakfast and lunch menu.

“The opportunity came up for Hinsdale and we liked the location,” Maglaris said. “Hinsdale is a good town.”

This would be the second location for Yia Yia’s coinciding with the long-running operation in North Riverside. Maglaris and his family are also the owners of three Prasino locations, including a La Grange location, and two Jam N’ Jelly Cafe locations in Darien and Woodridge.

“An active search from the longtime, committed property owners of the Grant Square Shopping Center has produced an agreement with a highly skilled operator whose team has a number of successful restaurants in the metro area,” said Tim Scott, Hinsdale director of economic development, in an email.

Maglaris said he couldn’t be happier with the location and is looking forward to working with village officials. Scott also spoke highly of the restaurant and owners, as well as its location.

“A restaurant of this type at Grant Square will complement the center and provide a vital volume of foot traffic that should prove beneficial to neighboring tenants,” Scott said.