The Buffalo Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor in Buffalo Grove is reopening this weekend under former management.
Chris Papaioannou and his father, John Papaioannou, are taking back control of the restaurant they operated until a few years ago and hope to serve customers again by Saturday with an expanded menu.
“We want to bring the business back here,” said Chris Papaioannou.
The restaurant has a rich history dating back to the early 1900s, when its original incarnation first opened in Chicago.
The Papaioannou family took over the establishment at 1180 W. Lake-Cook Road in 2009, while the country was still reeling from the Great Recession.
Despite the economy, the restaurant flourished.
Then, after nearly five years, the family rented out to new owners.
The new property, however, was unable to maintain its success and the business closed Sunday evening.
Almost overnight, the Papaioannou family began to prepare to reopen, working long hours to prepare.
The restaurant is undergoing a complete makeover including painting, kitchen remodeling, installation of new equipment, landscaping, dining room redesign and kiosk replacement.
Papaioannou said he aimed to create an atmosphere where families can stop and have a Danish sandwich or a lox sandwich.
He said the menu would have more choices, such as classic matzo dumpling soup, smoked whitefish platter, gefilte fish platter, tuna salad, chicken salad and more.
“I’ve been in this business long enough to know where to go to look for it,” he said.
“Everything we bring into the kitchen will be of the highest quality. We don’t play any games.”