Jul 27, 2014
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New Breakfast Restaurant to Open Next Month in Downers Grove

The Baked Apple Breakfast Co. will open next month at 1224 Ogden Ave., just a few doors down from the recently shuttered Omega Restaurant.

New Breakfast Restaurant to Open Next Month in Downers Grove New Breakfast Restaurant to Open Next Month in Downers Grove New Breakfast Restaurant to Open Next Month in Downers Grove

A new breakfast cafe is set to open next month in Downers Grove, just doors away from the recently shuttered .

The Baked Apple Breakfast Co., 1224 Ogden Ave., will take over the space formerly occupied by Dimitri's Pancake House, which closed last October.

Owner George Doulas said he and his two sons, Angelo and Nick, hope to finish remodeling the restaurant in the next few weeks.

"We should be open by mid-to late-September," George Doulas said.

The family has been in the restaurant business for three decades. Their last venture, Archway Cafe near Midway Airport, was sold in 2001.

George Doulas said he knew Dimitri's owner Pete Chrysanthopoulos for years before he died last fall. When the restaurant closed, Doulas thought it was a good opportunity to get back in the business.

"Downers Grove is a great community," he said. "We look foward to serving our new customers."

Just across the parking lot from the Baked Apple, it appears Omega could also be planning its return. On Friday, its marquee read, "New Ownership, Opening Soon."

Omega, 1300 Ogden, has been closed since mid-July after it lost water and electricity service.

The village turned off water service July 17 after Omega failed to pay its water bill. 

Owner James Stavropoulos said he was notified about an outstanding $8,500 water bill on May 11 that was the responsibility of a previous corporation and not his JJS Restaurant, Inc.

He said he ultimately paid the bill only to be told on July 17 he had to pay another $6,000 for an outstanding bill dating back to 2007. Stavropoulos said he had seen neither bill before and that his usual water bill is roughly $1,000 a month.

On July 18, ComEd shut off electricity again — for the third time.

Stavropoulos filed a lawsuit against ComEd on July 6 alleging ComEd was at fault for "breach of contract" by "violating the provisions of the Illinois Public Utilities Act and the rules and regulations of the Illinois Commerce Commission" according to the filing.

The restaurant has had a series of problems involving utility shut-offs, unpaid utility bills, employees claiming they have not been paid and village code violations. Problems escalated when ComEd shut Omega’s electricity in May for not paying a bill that was close to $50,000. After losing electricity, Stavropoulos used a diesel generator to restore power for several days, a violation of village code. He was cited with half a dozen violations.

Stavropoulos and building owner George Andrews are due back in court Oct. 15 for a hearing about Downers Grove ordinance violations.

Village spokesman Doug Kozlowski said the restaurant owner could face fines anywhere from $75 to $750, depending how a DuPage County Circuit Court judge rules.

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