Fabio Viviani, a chef from "Top Chef" is bringing a Chuck Lager American Tavern to Orland Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

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Chuck Lager restaurant coming to Orland Park

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By Jeff Vorva

Fabio showed up to the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.

No, not the famous model and actor with the long hair. But this Fabio has a little bit of celebrity status.

Fabio Viviani, representing Chuck Lager American Tavern restaurant, was on hand to talk about a proposed restaurant in the 9,000-square-foot building that housed Granite City Food and Brewery, 14035 S. LaGrange Road, which closed two years ago.

The board voted 6-0 on approving a 21-page incentive plan for the restaurant that allows, among other things, Chuck Lager to keep 50 percent of the sales tax for 10 years and a 25 percent reduction on the permit and related fees. Mayor Keith Pekau was absent. He attended a family funeral over the weekend and had trouble getting a flight home.

Viviani is a chef who was on the “Top Chef” television show, and he is happy to bring the restaurant to Orland Park.

“We have a lot of friends in Orland Park and we love the area,” he said. “We have a restaurant with a fun concept. We take the casual dining experience and combine it with well-thought bard food and a fun atmosphere.

“We’ll be open for brunch, lunch and dinner service. This place is big. Maybe a little bigger than we need it to be. But we are happy to be here.”

He said if he gets his way, it will open in April.

“I never get my way, so it might be a month or so late,” he said.

Chuck Lager has three restaurants across the country – Wilmington, Del., Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Barrington, N.J.

The company plans to open locations in Oldsmar and Tampa, Fla.

The board also voted to grant a special-use permit to the new Hashem Restaurant , 8600 W. 159th St., Suite 4B. This allows the restaurant to be within 300 feet of residential parcels in the Seville Plaza Retail Center.

Trustee Michael Milani said new businesses are a good sign for the village.

“We have several different restaurants coming,” he said. “They are coming to Orland Park when a lot of businesses don’t want to open because we’re still going through a pandemic. That really shows the growth here in Orland Park.”

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