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Nickey V's Pizzeria, Lemont Lanes Close

Owner Nick George said past debt forced the closing of the bowling alley and pizza restaurant Saturday.

, 1015 State St., which also houses , closed its doors Saturday after only six months in operation.

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 , formerly known as , 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 .

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."

Nickey V July 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Mike if you need a refund on your groupon please let me know and we will be happy to assist you ... Or hold onto it... We may be down and out... But it defiantly is not over
Mike L November 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Does anyone know where Tim and the other bartenders are now working?
Nickey V January 05, 2013 at 08:29 AM
The other bartenders are scattered about ... Tim I hear is in Orland ... Maybe Morgan's
Nickey V January 05, 2013 at 08:31 AM
And we are back in the saddle again... Now in Romeoville ... Check us out at Leo's bar 201 e Romeo road.. Dine in, carryout and delivery
Paul Scheufler January 05, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Nick and Darci - Good luck to you in 2013.

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