BATAVIA – Sam Abdelnour on Monday moved another step toward reopening Fantastico restaurant in downtown Batavia.
The Batavia City Council on Monday voted to give him a liquor license so he can reopen the restaurant after it was closed for more than a year.
Abdelnour, owner and head chef, told aldermen he plans to reopen the restaurant at 227 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia by the middle of November.
“It will be nice to have that space taken again,” 1st Ward Alderman Garran Sparks said.
The restaurant closed last year after 14 years in business. The restaurant previously had been on North River Street until moving to its Wilson Street location in 2006.
Charm Thai had been in the space for the past year before closing in August. Abdelnour still owns the building and said he closed the restaurant because he needed a break.
The restaurant’s emphasis will continue to be Italian and Mediterranean food, Abdelnour said.
Fantastico will be open for dinner seven days a week, Abdelnour said. Dining, carry out and catering will be available.
Abdelnour said he has been receiving well-wishes from the community since announcing that he plans to reopen. He said the restaurant’s name reflects what people say when they taste one of his dishes: “Fantastico.”
The restaurant specializes in fair prices, large portions and a cozy atmosphere, he said.