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Former Urban Grille space generating interest

Downtown Geneva restaurant closed in December

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:44 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:01 a.m. CST
(Eric Schelkopf – eschelkopf@shawmedia.com)
Efforts are ongoing to find a new restaurant to replace Urban Grille in Geneva, which closed permanently last December.

GENEVA – Efforts continue to find a new restaurant to replace the former Urban Grille at 524 W. State St. in downtown Geneva, which closed in late December.

"We are trying to get somebody else in there," said Jake Finley of Conlon Commercial, which is marketing the space for the new owners of the building that had housed Urban Grille. Geneva developer Joe Stanton previously owned the building, but he sold it in January.

The building also houses the Playhouse 38 theatre, which is operated by the Geneva Park District. Urban Grille had opened in 2007 and was known for its design-your-own burgers. Efforts to reach the owners of Urban Grille were not successful.

"They have not been open as far as we know since New Year's Eve," Finley said. "I liked the food. Most people I talked to are disappointed they closed."

Finley said he has received a number of inquiries after putting up a banner about a week ago stating the space is available. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant space includes a banquet room and a patio.

"Some of the interested parties are other restaurateurs in Geneva," Finley said. "We haven't come to any agreement with anyone. We want to make sure that it is the right operator and that it is a good fit."

He did not name the restaurants that have presented proposals. A few of the concepts that have been proposed for the space include a sushi restaurant, a restaurant that serves southern comfort food and a family restaurant with an emphasis on ribs, Finley said.

Those who would like to submit a proposal can call Finley at 630-448-9050.

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