Mayor: Popular eatery Flap-Jack’s staying in Oak Lawn
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org February 16, 2014 7:00PM
Flap-Jack's will be moving into the former home of Top-Notch Burgers in the Coral Plaza near the northeast corner of 95th Street and Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury said Tuesday during her "state of the village" address. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 17, 2014 3:42PM
A murmur rolled through the banquet room at the Oak Lawn Hilton last week after Mayor Sandra Bury revealed the new location of a popular restaurant.
Flap-Jack’s, which for 18 years served many thousands of meals at 111th Street and Cicero Avenue, is moving two miles north — into the Coral Plaza near 95th Street and Cicero, east of the Walgreens and south of the Hilton.
It’s the former site of Top-Notch Burgers, which has been closed for several years, Bury said Tuesday during her State of the Village address to the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce.
Flap-Jack’s owner Nick Stamos did not return a phone call about his pending move, but Bury said “the lease is signed.”
Late last year, Stamos expressed a strong desire to stay in Oak Lawn after having to move to make way for a redevelopment project.
A quick visit to the new location — OK, a reporter peering through a locked door — revealed some tables and chairs stacked inside. A woman who works at a nearby business said, “I hear Flap-Jack’s is moving in.”
Stamos closed the restaurant the day after Thanksgiving, seeing the proverbial writing on the wall.
Oak Lawn has a redevelopment project under way at the northwest corner of 111th and Cicero. All the other businesses there — save a chiropractor’s office — have closed, and most of the buildings have been torn down. The Flap-Jack’s building still stands, but the bulldozers are ready nearby.
Late last year, the village board agreed to pay Stamos $2.1 million for his property. At the time, he said he was working on a deal to reopen in Oak Lawn but was unable to say where. It remained a secret until Bury’s announcement.
“You’ve got to call (Stamos) to find out when they’re opening,” she said. “Everyone loves Flap-Jack’s, and I’m thrilled they’re going to stay in Oak Lawn. It’s something I really worked hard for when we were negotiating with them.
“He’s a local guy. He loves Oak Lawn. He said his heart was in Oak Lawn. He loves his customers,” Bury added.