ST. CHARLES – The Poblano Pepper Grill restaurant will remain closed during ongoing negotiations to reassign the lease, a leasing representative for the property said Wednesday.
Angela Gasbarro of Mid-America Asset Management, Inc., said she is working with a nephew of current owner Ruben Alonso to see if he will take over the lease. She said the nephew already owns a Mexican restaurant outside of St. Charles.
“If we can’t agree to a deal, it will remain closed,” Gasbarro said of the restaurant at 3677 E. Main St.
Gasbarro did not know when exactly the restaurant closed.
The Kane County Health Department placed a notice sticker on Poblano’s front door in March after several attempts to reach its food service permit holder, said Tom Schlueter, the department’s health communications coordinator.
The notice is routine for any restaurant that closes, Schlueter said. The notice informs the next tenant of the space that a permit is required if the business will involve handling food.
“We had nothing to do with them closing whatsoever,” Schlueter said of Poblano. “Whatever reason that they closed, it’s their business decision,”
Alonso on Wednesday did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The restaurant’s phone number is picked up by an automated message that says the number has been temporarily disconnected.
Neither the restaurant’s website, www.poblanopeppergrill.com, nor its Facebook page make any reference to the restaurant’s closure. The restaurant’s tables and chairs on Wednesday were unstacked and appeared from the outside of the business to be in their regular floor plan arrangement.
Poblano Pepper Grill opened in February 2012 in the Main Street Commons shopping center on the city’s east side. The restaurant’s menu included authentic Mexican food, and Alonso’s family helped operate the business, according to its website.