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Winery owners hope to open new restaurant

Published: Sunday, April 27, 2014 11:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 8:45 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Owners of the Acquaviva Winery are working on plans to open a new restaurant at 215 W. Elm St. in downtown Sycamore.

The city has scheduled a liquor commission hearing for 2 p.m. May 6 at the Sycamore Center’s council chambers, 308 W. State St., Sycamore, to consider a request from the winery for a liquor license.

Sycamore mayor Ken Mundy said the restaurant being proposed could have a different name than Acquaviva Winery, which is a family-owned, 40-acre estate vineyard and full-service winery at 47W614 Route 38 in Maple Park. Its facility includes a tasting bar and Neapolitan-style pizza bistro. The company also has a St. Charles location.

“It’s a very nice place,” Mundy said. “It’s very good food.”

Art Attack Gallery uses the basement space in the Elm Street building.

Susan Edwards, director of Art Attack Gallery, said the building owner gave them until Thursday to move out because he had received an offer from another tenant to pay the full rent.

The building owner had been subsidizing part of Art Attack’s $2,000 monthly rent as an in-kind donation to the nonprofit organization.

“I’m taking this as a positive,” Edwards recently told the Daily Chronicle. “This is an opportunity to turn this into something absolutely fabulous.”

Vito Brandonisio, the owner of Acquaviva Winery, said through an employee that their business would be in Sycamore soon. The owner also plans to meet with a building inspector Tuesday.

Joe Brandonisio, manager of Aquaviva Winery, downplayed the possbility of the company moving to Art Attack Gallery’s location.

“We haven’t made any concrete decision yet,” Brandonisio said.

Winery representatives filed the appropriate paperwork to get it out of the way in case they do decide to move into the Elm Street location, Brandonisio said.

Even if Sycamore city officials do grant the winery a liquor license, they still would need to secure a state license, Mundy said.

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