Nickey V's Pizzeria, Lemont Lanes Close
Owner Nick George said past debt forced the closing of the bowling alley and pizza restaurant Saturday.
Owner Nick George said he and his wife, Darci, were forced to shut down the restaurant and bowling alley due to issues with past debt.
"We're very disappointed," Nick George said. "We did everything we could. I thought we were about to turn a corner, but we just weren't able to overcome the past financial difficulties."
George took over the restaurant, formerly known as Vito and Nick's Pizzeria, from family members last fall. His family owns and operates the original Vito and Nick's location on Pulaski Road in Chicago.
The Lemont location opened in 2003, but was temporarily closed in August over apparent issues with debt.
George and his wife took over the business shortly after, and worked with the village to get the liquor license reinstated. They changed the name, tweaked the menu and made improvements to the bowling alley with hopes of giving the restaurant a fresh start.
"We had high hopes for the business, so we're very sad about all of this," he said.
George said he is looking at different locations in the Lemont area to re-open the restaurant, but isn't sure if it will actually happen.
"I really like Lemont and all of the people here, so we'd like to find a way to stay," he said. "I just don't know when or if we'll be able to do it."