Omega Restaurant is making its return to Downers Grove.
The popular eatery, located at 1300 Ogden Ave., is set to re-open March 4, nearly eight months after unpaid bills, code violations and legal troubles forced the restaurant to close its doors.
The newly-installed marquee outside Omega has promised its return for months, but was recently changed to inform patrons of the March 4 opening. Co-owner Nick Christopoulos confirmed the date.
The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends—a change from its previous 24-hour service.
George Andrews, the majority owner of the Omega building, took over the restaurant in July from former owners George and James Stavropoulos, who filed for bankruptcy in May, according to court documents.
Andrews and the Stavropouloses became partners in 2007, but the relationship quickly deteriorated over legal and financial issues. In 2009, Andrews filed an injunction to have the father-son team banned from the restaurant, but the dispute was ultimately settled and a new lease signed.
Over the next few years, Omega racked up a number of unpaid bills for tens of thousands of dollars to various vendors, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
In May 2012, Andrews went to court claiming that Jim Stavropoulos—who took control of the entire business when his father retired—hadn't paid rent since February.
The Stavropouloses agreed to vacate the restaurant in July and pay Andrews $81,000, according to court documents. Several court cases involving unpaid bills are still pending, according to DuPage County records.
Christopoulos, who now co-owns Omega with Andrews and Andrews' son Telly Andrianopoulos, said he hopes the restaurant can leave the controversy in the past.
"We want to put it behind us and concentrate on the re-opening," Christopoulos told Patch in January.
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