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Amelia’s in Sugar Grove fails to take off

SUGAR GROVE – Amelia Earhart, who was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was supposed to have a restaurant named and themed after her in Sugar Grove.

Apparently, that’s no longer going to happen.

Ronald Saballus, owner of the Bull Moose Bar and Grille, which has its own unique ambiance and history in Sandwich, was granted a special-use permit to open the new establishment at 1942 W. Route 30, Sugar Grove, for restaurant use, including alcohol service and live music.

Despite that approval, the new restaurant, which would replace the old Roundup Sports Bar & Grill that closed in late 2016, is no longer in development.

“[Saballus] informed the village in writing that he was not pursuing the restaurant [Amelia’s],” said Walter Magdziarz, community development director for the village of Sugar Grove.

“He did not divulge any reasons but made it clear that it was nothing the village did or did not do that caused him to reach his decision.”

Saballus had attended a Village Board meeting in mid-May to request a special-use permit that would allow him to open Amelia’s.

The Amelia Earhart theme appeared to fit perfectly because of the property’s close proximity to the Aurora Municipal Airport as well as due to the similar success of Saballus’ themed restaurant in Sandwich.

Bull Moose Bar & Grille, owned by Saballus, is situated in an authentic Pullman train car that was used by President Teddy Roosevelt during his famed Bull Moose presidential campaign, hence the name.

The railcar was restored and continues to offer a unique setting to enjoy sandwiches, burgers, cold drinks and more.

Such similar menu items were expected to come to Sugar Grove, but no longer will.

Saballus did not return repeated requests for comment about why he is no longer moving forward in opening Amelia’s in Sugar Grove.

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