ComEd is suing the owner of a former New Lenox restaurant, contending that it has failed to pay its electric bill for nearly two years.

The suit, filed in Will County Circuit Court, alleges that Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant owes $19,000 to ComEd and “refuses and continues to refuse to pay.”

Joe Agate, who closed the restaurant in March but still runs a Papa Joe’s in Oak Lawn, said there was no reason for the lawsuit.

“What happened was we asked ComEd if they would give us a pay plan,” Agate said. “I made phone calls and I begged and pleaded with them, (but) they refused to do (it). Had they given us a pay plan, we would still be open over there.”

Agate said the Oak Lawn restaurant is not part of the lawsuit.

He said he still hopes to arrange a payment plan with ComEd, which he believes should resolve the suit.

Frank Vaisvilas