Opening a restaurant is not for the impatient.
A couple of local eateries that were expected to be open by now are going to need more time.
One is Angelo’s, which owner Jack Fasciano is working to reopen at 5231 E. Central. His Thanksgiving target date turned to early February, but now, Fasciano says it will be the third week of February before he’s open. A few unavoidable construction and permitting delays pushed the opening back, meaning he’s had to pay rent on the space for two months without income, eating into his budget. He’ll have to open without his liquor license, which will take longer to obtain than he wants to wait to open, Fasciano said. He’ll add that after he gets some money flowing in.
“Once we open the doors and people start coming in, it’s going to all be okay,” he said. “In the meantime, we’re panicked. Even though we’ve got thousands of people watching it, I’m still a little tense about it.”
Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro, the restaurant going in in the old Rock Island Depot building at 701 W. Douglas, is the other restaurant running behind. Neil Bhakta had hoped to have it ready this month, but he’s importing a clay oven from overseas, and his custom furniture still isn’t ready, he said.
“Its quite a big project,” he said. “But it’s going to be pretty cool.”
Bhakta said early April is his best estimate for an opening date. He’ll likely get the first floor fast-service component finished and open before completing the upstairs bar and fine dining section, he said.