Lourdes Nicholls


Maya del Sol, 144 S. Oak Park Ave., has introduced “Maya To Go” and reopened on May 21 to offer food and cocktails for contact-free curbside pickup. They are offering a robust menu including their popular ropa vieja, wagu burger and mango braised beef nachos as well as margaritas and sangria by the quart.

In addition to maintaining strict kitchen sanitation procedures, Maya has introduced additional COVID-19 related safety measures to protect staff and patrons when ordering and picking up from the establishment. Details on safety protocols, hours of operation and ordering instructions can be found on Maya’s website.

Additionally, customers should keep an eye on Maya’s patio. On May 20, Governor J. B. Pritzker announced, as part of phase three of Reopen Illinois, it is probable restaurants will be allowed to reopen for patio seating as soon as May 29. Maya is not currently taking patio reservations, but will update their website as plans for outdoor dining become clear in the coming days.

“I anticipate Oak Park will follow the governor’s order. We can be tighter on regulations but not looser,” said Mayor Anan Abu Taleb and Maya del Sol stakeholder, “Having a good working relationship with the state is important to us. There will be a meeting of the board on Tuesday to discuss all of these issues.”


Craving a feta burger, gyro sandwich or grilled octopus?

Kalamata Kitchen, located at 105 N Marion St., has re-opened for take-out and delivery from 3 to 9pm daily. Visit kalamatakitchen.com to view their special carry-out menu that includes appetizers, sandwiches, wine and beer.

Owner Gus Karas and the entire Karahalios family hail from the Kalamata region of Greece. Known for producing their namesake olives, Kalamata is located on southern Peloponnese peninsula and boasts beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Karas and his family have been celebrating their rich culinary history since opening Kalamata Kitchen in December of 2019.

Kalamata Kitchen’s traditional dishes are now available via free, no-contact delivery within a three-mile radius. Opa!


La Bella Pasteria, at 1103 South Blvd., permanently closed on Sunday, May 17. The 30 year-old restaurant, known for serving up Italian cuisine, was an Oak Park mainstay.  Television personality and author of 2018’s “Pizza City, USA,” Steve Dolinsky, named La Bella’s thin crust pizza among the top five available in the Chicago suburbs.

Specific reasons for the closure were not given, but a post on on LaBella’s website expressed gratitude for their “supportive, kind and wide customer base” and expressed hopes they would “stay safe and in good spirits  during these difficult times.”

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