Gino's Open By End Of July


By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter

Not only is Gino’s East pizzeria returning to Rosemont in the now vacant 7,000 sq. ft. former Rosie’s Rivers Edge space on the first floor of Village Hall, but it will bring with employees, most of them long-term, from their current location down the road at O’Hare Plaza, 8725 Higgins Rd., Chicago, after that restaurant closes toward the end of July.

“We are delighted to be returning to Rosemont,” Gino’s proprietor Russ Lubliner told the Journal & Topics last Friday. “We expect to close the O’Hare Plaza restaurant and open the new one at Village Hall toward the end of July. We are pleased to have Mayor Brad Stephens and the Village board as our landlords.”

When asked about hiring for the Rosemont location, Lubliner said, “We don’t really need to hire anyone as we’re bringing the employees from the Higgins restaurant with us. Most of them are long-time employees. For instance, our manager has been with us for 23 years, the assistant manager for 16 years and most of the wait staff have worked for us for 10 to 11 years.”

He said they purchased two double-dish pizza ovens to add to the existing kitchen, are having new awnings installed and a new monument sign built with the Village’s name and Gino’s logo to be placed at the entrance off Devon Avenue.   

The owners of Rosie’s, Ala Carte Entertainment, also own the Moretti’s restaurant franchise. They are working on renovation work on the new Rosemont Moretti’s located in the shopping center on the south side of Higgins Road just west of River Road.

The new Moretti’s is expected to be completed and open for business by October, officials said last week at the village board meeting. Currently, the windows are covered, but much activity is taking place inside. The restaurant sits at the west corner of the strip mall.

As for Gino’s, they have been here before. From 1993-2004 Gino’s East operated in Rosemont on Higgins Road about a mile west of River Road before moving to O’Hare Plaza.

Officials note when Gino’s East first approached the Village about returning to Rosemont, Rosie’s owners were contacted and asked if they would consider a buyout of their lease at the Village Hall location. They agreed, paving way for Gino’s East to move in.

Last month, Rosemont trustees unanimously approved buying out the lease from Rosie’s for $475,000, which freed up the space for Gino’s East. Gino’s East will pay the Village approximately $90,000 per year in rent over a 10-year period, officials said.

Not only will the restaurant provide full-service dining and drinks seven days a week, but also take-out meals.

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