SYCAMORE – A new restaurant could open soon in the old Pizza Hut building on DeKalb Avenue.
John Sauter, building and engineering director at the City of Sycamore, said by the look of the floor plan, it's a family-style restaurant with booths and table seating.
The site in question is 1640 DeKalb Avenue, the site of a former Pizza Hut from 2013 to 2014 and, more recently, Midwest Title Loans, just north of McDonald's.
The future restaurant has a building permit for commercial remodeling dated Feb. 20 and work should begin soon.
"From the conversations I've had with [the owner], he'd like to open as soon as possible," Sauter said.
Sauter said the roughly 2,400 square feet building would be remodeled. Based on the scope of work he estimated the restaurant would be open during the early part of spring. He estimated it'll be four to six weeks before the restaurant is ready for business.
"They're remodeling the kitchen area for their needs and remodeling the seating area," Sauter said. "It's an overall facelift to convert from a former Pizza Hut to their own restaurant."
"Pizza Hut closed for six months to a year before [Midwest Title Loans] moved in," Sauter said. "It seems like that building's been vacant for roughly a couple of years. My best estimation is it's been vacant a year and a half to two years."
Sauter said he suspects the unique arch feature of Pizza Hut locations slowed people from buying the building and it's why the location was vacant for that long.
"The right person has to have a vision for it," he said. "The new owner did."
The 1.12 acre lot was purchased in July for $370,000 by Dashmir Adjini and Xhemile Ajdompslo, according to DeKalb County property records.