Popular Oak Lawn restaurant plans addition
By STEVE Metsch email@example.com July 10, 2014 9:24PM
Stacked owner Tom Demacopoulos stands where a proposed addition would be built for his restaurant in downtown Oak Lawn. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 11, 2014 2:09AM
Tom Demacopoulos, the owner of Stacked, a popular breakfast-and-lunch restaurant in downtown Oak Lawn, soon may be able to tell folks their wait is much shorter for a table.
If things work out as planned, the restaurant will add 880 square feet on the west side of the building, 5273 W. 95th St., to increase its seating capacity from 70 to 110.
Demacopoulos discussed his plans during a village board meeting this week. The expansion would feature a retractable roof and walls to allow for outdoor dining and would require leasing the sidewalk and part of 53rd Avenue from the village, he told trustees.
While trustees have concerns about leasing village land to a business, they were supportive of the plan. Village attorney Patrick Connelly said issues such as insurance and liability must be addressed if Oak Lawn leases land to the real estate trust that owns the building.
Demacopoulos, 52, of Hickory Hills, said the extra seating could end long waits for a table and make it possible for businesses told hold meetings at the restaurant, which opened in December 2011.
Architect Nick Scarlatis told the board that landscaping would be installed between 53rd Avenue and the addition, and the entrance would be moved from the west side to the south side, closer to a parking lot behind the strip mall.
Demacopoulos said the addition would be similar to one at La Fiesta, at 3333 W. 111th St., in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.
A frequent visitor to Stacked, Trustee Terry Vorderer (4th) said Stacked needs more seating, but he questioned the loss of four parking spaces with the addition.
“I am concerned about congestion. ... There’s either a huge waiting line (at the restaurant) or there’s no parking. Now we take four spaces away. I want to know how it impacts other businesses and the neighborhood,” Vorderer said.
That issue would be addressed at a public hearing before the village’s planning and development commission, officials said.
“No doubt parking is an issue, and we’re seeing that now,” Demacopoulos said. “I know the lot behind Deja Brew (5219 W. 95th St.) is village property, so I encourage my employees to park there.”
Trustee Bob Streit (3rd) said Stacked “has been an outstanding addition to the village” and trustees would “do all we can to see you succeed and grow. It’s a very attractive plan, but we’ve got to make sure we do it right.”
Demacopoulos added that he wants the addition “to be a showplace so people driving down 95th Street say, ‘Wow, what is that?’ “