LEMONT – With two businesses closing at the location since 2012, 206 Main St. in Lemont will soon be home to Gelsosomo’s Pizza.
During the Lemont Village Board meeting Monday night, Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves announced that the pizza franchise with locations in Indiana and Michigan will open in June.
The building was previously home to the restaurant This Must Be the Place, which closed in February 2012, followed by the Mindflow Cafe, which closed in February 2013.
Reaves said the Gelsosomo’s franchise has opened nine locations since 1979, with none of them closing.
Owner and Lemont resident Ed Gricus said he thinks the new pizzeria will fill a need in Lemont.
“There’s not a sit-down pizzeria in downtown,” he said. “There’s some good pies in Lemont, but not a place you could seat a party of eight.”
Gricus said he has more than 40 years of experience in the food service distribution industry.
He said he currently works as vice president of operations and sales at iit/SourceTech in Lisle and owned a restaurant in Vernon Hills several years ago.
Gricus said he went to high school with Tom Gelsosomo, the franchise’s founder, and had been contemplating with his wife about opening a location for years.
He said the restaurant will look like a 1950s style sit-down pizza parlor.
He described the pizza as Chicago-style thin crust with a sweeter sauce. He said the pizzas will be cooked in a brick-lined oven.
According to the franchise website, other menu options include pasta, sandwiches, salads and appetizers.
Gricus said he likes the location of the restaurant and is not sure why the previous tenants did not last. He said he is confident that his business experience and the management team he has put together will make his business successful.
“We’re going to be very tied together with social media,” he said. “We’re going to work very actively with the community.”
More liquor licenses in Lemont
The Lemont Village Board issued liquor licenses to Gelsosomo’s Pizza, the BP gas station at 12300 Archer Ave. and the Target at 13460 S. Archer Ave. Monday night.
Reaves said BP asked for the liquor license after the Shell station across the street had been issued one.
He said he had discussed the issue of giving a liquor license to a gas station with Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy when Shell was issued the license.
Village appoints village treasurer
In what is called a housekeeping item, Village of Lemont Finance Director Christine Smith was named the village treasurer during the meeting.
Village Administrator George Schafer said the village is required by its municipal code to have someone named as the village treasurer.
Smith’s official title and duties will not change, and the appointment does not come with any pay increase, Schafer said.