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Leona's May Close, Lease to Emerson's Ale House

The Italian eatery in Des Plaines is one of three suburban locations that are proposed for closure by Leona’s in a restructuring of the company, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

In a restructuring of Leona’s, three suburban locations including Des Plaines will close, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. The company will focus on more urban areas where they get more delivery business, according to the report by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Roland Ader, general manager of the Leona’s restaurant at 1504 Miner St. in Des Plaines, said the deal was not finalized, and it had not been determined yet if or when the restaurant would close.

“It depends, a couple months, or maybe a year,” Ader said.

Messages left at Leona’s corporate office for comment were not returned at publication time.

Nonda Karvelas, co-owner of Emerson’s Ale House in Mount Prospect, said they were in discussions to lease the property from Leona’s, which also owns the Des Plaines property. Karvelas said it was too early in the process to anticipate an opening date, but they were close.

“We’re actually just about to finalize everything,” Karvelas said.

Plans for Emerson’s Ale House to open a location in the space formerly occupied by Cheeseburger in Paradise stalled in May 2012 as Metropolitan Square underwent foreclosure.

Alexander Dambach, director of community and economic development, said he did not know whether Leona’s would close or Emerson’s Ale House would open in the space, but, because it was a highly visible property, Dambach said he was optimistic it would continue to be occupied.

“If they do close then I think it’s going to be pretty easy to re-fill,” Dambach said.

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