Rosati’s Pizza is coming to 1013 Madison St. in Oak Park later this summer, according to franchise owner Brian O’Kelly.

It will fill a long vacant space which most recently housed Prairie State Animal Hospital. That business relocated after purchasing and renovating a building at 909 S. Oak Park Ave.

O’Kelly said it’s his first foray into the world of entrepreneurship, and he chose Rosati’s because he loves the product and grew up eating it.

O’Kelly, a Carpentersville resident, said he chose Oak Park after becoming familiar with the village working as an IT consultant. “Most importantly there’s not a Rosati’s in the village,” he said.

The new location aims to have a few seats up front but not a full dining room. Most of the business will be delivery and carry-out, O’Kelly said.

Dan Perillo, Rosati’s president of franchising, said the Warrenville-based pizza chain has 110 locations in Illinois and is planning to open three more this year.

Geraldine M. Healy, of David King & Associates, represented the landlord in the lease transaction.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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