Preparing for Future Businesses
Off The Record, Todd Wessell
Journal & Topics
The tall temporary chain link fence encircles a well-known parcel in Rosemont where two familiar restaurants once operated.
The restaurant building and an adjoining parking garage, both owned by the village, will likely be demolished in May or June.
When that happens, the last remaining images of the Rosewood Restaurant and in more recent years Gene & Georgettis will be gone.
Village officials are currently in the process of weighing three proposals to demolish the structures. A company to do the work will probably be approved at their early May meeting, said Mayor Brad Stephens this week.
Future plans call for the construction of two buildings on the site where two or three quick foodservice operations will expand an area that is currently home to a Taco Bell, Moretti’s and other retail establishments.
“There’s no market for large restaurant buildings,” explained Stephens, adding that the former Rosewood encompassed about 24,000 sq. ft. Its owner was Jim Mandas, a native of Des Plaines who attended Maine West High School. “The village in this case will be the developer. It will produce more jobs and tax revenue,” said Stephens.