Plainfield sells building that will become a restaurant
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent August 26, 2013 9:56PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:03AM
Not only does it stand to make a $50,000 profit from selling a downtown building, but the village of Plainfield soon will get a new restaurant as a result of the transaction.
The village board on Monday night approved the sale of the former St. Mary’s Church building, 24018 W. Lockport St., for $175,000 to restaurateur Darryl Sams, who plans to convert the vacant building into an upscale restaurant. Plans call for the restaurant, which would feature a southern creole menu, to open around November.
In April 2012, the village purchased the old church building for $125,000 when it became vacant following the 2010 closure of Baci restaurant. Since buying the building, the village has spent more than $41,000 on roof repairs and more than $26,000 on mold mitigation.
Village administrator Brian Murphy said the village used money from a special taxing district, which was created to facilitate redevelopment in the downtown area, including infrastructure improvements.
Village planner Michael Garrigan said Sams has nearly 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business and in 1992 was identified as one of top chefs in the Chicago area. He said Sams has been a chef at some of Chicago’s finest restaurants and was the former culinary director at the Compass Group, which manages more than 280 restaurants.
Garrigan said Sams currently owns three restaurants in the Chicago area and plans a full restoration of the building to establish an “upscale steak and fish restaurant” that will include a banquet area downstairs.
Mayor Michael Collins was excited about putting the building back on the property tax rolls and thanked Murphy and Garrigan for their work to accomplish the sale.
“Without your help, we never would have got it done,” Collins told them.