SYCAMORE – Mugzzies Pizzeria & Restaurant could reopen under new management after a lawsuit was settled this week between the former operator and the owner of the building, who also happen to be father and son.
The pizzeria at 2030 Baron Drive on Sycamore’s north side, along with the connected Big Shots Bar, closed Dec. 31.
Pete Tsiftilis, who owns the building alleged in the lawsuit that The Jackman of Sycamore LLC, and Nick Tsiftilis, Pete’s son and tenant, owed $16,067 in past-due rent, plus unpaid real estate tax reimbursements and maintenance costs, court records show.
The lawsuit was filed Aug. 16. Pete Tsiftilis gave the power of attorney to his other son, Hristos “Chris” Tsiftilis, because Pete was in ill health, said Richard Larson, Pete Tsiftilis’ attorney.
“Peter is in the process of lining up a new tenant,” Larson said. “Nick is no longer involved with the restaurant.”
All of the doors were locked at the restaurant Wednesday.
Larson declined to disclose details of the settlement.
Pete Tsiftilis currently has control of the restaurant, and Chris Tsiftilis will act as his agent.
“I want to emphasize they do intend to get it up and going as soon as possible,” Larson said. “I’ve been told by members of the community that they enjoy going there. They want to know how soon it will open up again.”
A three-year lease that expired Aug. 3 set the rent for the space Muggzies occupies at $5,778 a month, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleged the defendants illegally continued to operate the restaurant after the lease expired.
Pete Tsiftilis served the defendants a five-day notice to leave the restaurant Aug. 8, which they did not do, court records show.
In the lawsuit, Pete Tsiftilis claimed that several items in the restaurant were his property, including a pizza oven, eight flat screen TVs and grills. The judge filed an order requiring the defendant not to remove any of the equipment from the restaurant, Larson said.
Jeffrey Meyer, attorney for the defendants, declined to comment on any information not relating to the court documents.