Published July 5, 2012
New restaurant, other businesses
cancel out loss of Gap locations
Restaurant slated for Gateway Square and Verizon opening
help offset loss of Gap stores
By Pamela Lannom
Hinsdale’s downtown has two
new vacancies, but the health of the central business
district continues to be strong, according to Tim Scott,
the village’s economic development director.
The Gap and Gap Kids closed
last week as part of a corporate strategy to focus on
high-volume stores at malls and urban locations, Scott
said. Almost 200 stores are being closed nationwide.
“Certainly we appreciate
their presence here and I think consumers did, and
national brands interspersed among our big collection of
independents makes for a nice complementary mix,” Scott
The same individual owns both
Washington Street buildings and has hired a large
brokerage firm to find new tenants.
“One of our challenge will be
the size of the spaces,” Scott said. “People want less,
and these are fairly good size spaces.”
But as two stores close,
other new businesses are planning to open.
Among the most anticipated is
Peter Burdi’s latest eatery, slated to open later this
year in the former Lily Pulitzer space on First Street.
Cine, a shortened version of
the Spanish word “cinema,” pays homage to the
restaurant’s location and its cuisine.
“We went along with the theme
of being a movie theater,” Burdi said Tuesday. “This
place will be almost like a scene, in a sense, and fun.”
The taqueria menu will
feature different kinds of tacos and mainstream Mexican
items. Chef Rosalia Barron will bring her 12 years of
experience working with Rick Bayless to the new
“She’s worked with me prior
at Nabuki, but her specialty is Latin cuisine. She’s
traveled with Rick Bayless in Mexico,” Burdi said.
The menu for the 160-seat
restaurant could evolve.
“We’re gong to do mainstream
and we’re going to let the clientele dictate what they
want,” he said. “If it becomes more upscale, it will be
more upscale. If our clients want beans and rice and
burritos, that’s what we’ll give them. We’ll cater to
the clientele. That’s what we’ve always tried to do.”
Cine also will feature a
private dining room and large outdoor seating area.
Demolition has been completed
and the building permit is ready for pickup.
“We should start construction
this coming Monday,” Burdi said. “Signage and things
like that, we’re working on as we speak.”
Burdi is shooting for an
October or early November opening.
“If we don’t get it open by
Nov. 1, it will be March,” he said.
Burdi said he’s anxious to
open this third establishment in town and thanked
customers for supporting Nabuki and Il Poggiolo.
“I want to thank the people
of Hinsdale and the surrounding areas, because they’ve
really supported us,” he said. “We give a good product
and good atmosphere and good service, and that’s what we
keep trying to do.”
Another restaurant, Fox’s
Pizza, is also due to open later this year at Gateway
Square. Amazing Gracies, a children’s clothing store,
recently opened at Gateway Square.
Core Power Yoga is now open
at 34 S. Vine St., and School of Rock at 116 S.
Washington St. celebrated its grand opening this spring.
Scott said an artisinal
coffee roaster is looking at the former Garden
Collection space on Village Place, and Jack’s Salon,
above Einstein’s at the corner of First and Washington
Streets, will become Salon by David and William.
“As numbers go, we’re equal
to or ahead of where we were,” Scott said.
Some changes also might be in
the works for Todd Naccarato’s building at First and
opportunities for the building’s future and for
potential reconstruction,” Scott said.
Hinsdale continues to have a
relatively healthy downtown, in Scott’s opinion.
“I spend some time on a
pretty regular basis in comparable towns,” he said. “On
balance, Hinsdale is doing quite well.
“That does not mean there is
not a lot of room for improvement, because there is
always room for improvement. It doesn’t mean that
individual stores wouldn’t like to see more and more
traffic and business, because certainly that’s something
everyone would like to see,” he added. |
“In terms of relative health,
looking at occupancy and tenant mix and sales tax
revenue, I would say, in terms of comparable towns,
we’re doing pretty well on balance.”