By Anna Lothson
Wednesday Journal reported in January that Lou Malnati's Pizzeria was expected to move into 1038 Lake St., the former location of Mancini's, sometime in the fall.
Fall is here and you may notice Lou Malnati's is not.
After receiving a few questions from our readers about the progress, I got back in touch with Mindy Kaplan, the marketing director for the company. Kaplan reported the new projected opening date in late January or early February 2014.
"Why the delay," you ask? Permits. Kaplan said the business just got the necessary permits from the Village of Oak Park to start construction this week on the interior demolition.
The restaurant group finalized the purchase of the Lake Street building at the end of 2012, along with the parking lot behind it. The restaurant group has been eyeing Oak Park as a potential location for years, and the 6,500-square-foot space will allow seating for 150.
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What Malnati's has to say
@JSnakenborg We had delays with some other construction projects we were working on and were not able to start in Oak Park as planned.— Lou Malnati's Pizza (@LouMalnatis) October 15, 2013