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Batavia businesses change hands

BATAVIA – Downtown Batavia is seeing some changes with the sale of O’Brien’s Pub and Grill and attempts to fill the building which previously housed Fantastico restaurant.

City Administrator Bill McGrath told aldermen O’Brien’s, 12 N. River St., is being sold, and the new operator, Fox River Bar & Grill LLC, would have to apply for a liquor license.

The new owners currently own an establishment in Naperville, McGrath said. O’Brien’s owner Casey O’Brien could not be reached for comment April 28.

At the same time, the building at 227 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia which formerly housed Fantastico restaurant, still is being marketed. The restaurant closed several weeks ago.

Fantastico reopened for business in November 2012 after being closed for more than a year. At that time, owner Sam Abdelnour said he closed the restaurant because he needed to take a break after 14 years in business. The restaurant previously had been on North River Street until the move to its Wilson Street location in 2006.

Abdelnour could not immediately be reached for comment about the restaurant’s recent closing. Gary Morgan, business broker with Naper Realty, said he has received a few inquiries about the building.

Batavia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holly Deitchman said she doesn’t know if restaurant use is the best fit for the building.

“I could see a retail store or a bakery going in there,” she said.

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