Papaspiros closes in Oak Park - for the moment

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

Papaspiros, the Greek restaurant on Lake Street near Oak Park Avenue, is closed – mostly empty, colorful blue awnings gone poof. The Journal has reported on the closing of the restaurant. Still after being a fixture on the street for 15 years, the sudden absence seems a bit of a shock. We have also reported on owner Spiro Papageorge's plans to open a scaled back version of Papaspiros across the street sometime this spring. It is unclear whether the Papaspiros name will carry across the street as the format changes. Work on the new site, the former home to the Velvet Rope nightclub, appears to be progressing slowly.

No official word on what will replace Papaspiros in the Scoville Block One building. James Bushouse, the long-time owner of that landmark building, has not returned calls for comment though it is understood a new restaurant is on its way. Bushouse has been steadily, and lovingly, restoring the mixed use building over the past two decades.

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Posted: January 2nd, 2014 8:32 AM

New restaurant still unopened. I contacted Groupon and asked for a credit which they gave me because they are "having difficulties contacting the owner." Phone is disconnected. On the bright side, I'll be patronizing the new greek restaurant opening in the old space. Anyone care to bet it opens first?

Sarah Corbin from Oak Park  

Posted: April 1st, 2013 7:59 PM

The building does look really nice. I had forgotten what it looked like without the awnings. Still - very happy Papaspiros is moving just right across the street. See you soon.


Posted: March 30th, 2013 11:34 PM

I won't miss it@ Bigoted against Greeks? The blue and white lettered awnings are the colors of the flag of Greece. Where's your tolerance of ethnic pride/diversity? I loved the restaurant and look forward to them reopening.

Bill from Oak park  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 9:43 AM

Reliably good food and always friendly place. Better than most places in Greektown--and right here in OP! Can't wait for the new place to open.

I won't miss it  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 7:59 AM

The place has never looked better with those ugly blue awnings gone. Maybe we won't see Spiros' car consistently illegally parked either

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 12:57 AM

My family really enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and warm hospitality of Papaspiros and will miss it . Hope they continue in business across the street.

c. kinnaird  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 9:25 PM

I ate in Greektown just last week and was sooo disappointed. Papaspiros has been uneven but was better on a bad evening than the Greektown joint.


Posted: March 29th, 2013 8:12 PM

Good riddance. The food there never measured up to the quality of authentic Greek restaurants. Go to Greektown on Halsted -- it's an easy trip from OP.

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