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Pizza Place Headed for Downtown

Firehouse Pizza and Pub could be open by year's end.

It seems the dining scene in downtown Oswego may be getting a boost.

The is set to consider at its Tuesday meeting an application for money from a village revolving loan fund for Firehouse Pizza and Pub proposed for 65 W. Washington St. Meanwhile, owners of an undisclosed Mexican restaurant also have been in talks with the village for a possible location at the old Village Hall building at 113 Main St., which like the Washington Street address, is still owned by the village.

“We’re trying to make downtown Oswego a destination point,” said interim village manager Dwight Baird. “The village trustees are taking that seriously and staff are doing everything we can to back them up on that.”

The owners of Firehouse Pizza and Pub — Billy Fecarotta Lumino, and his cousin Dominic Fecarotta — are no strangers to the Oswego business scene. They own and four Cricket Wireless stores, including the Oswego location.

“It’s been a dream of ours to open a pizza place,” Lumino said. “The pizza business has been in our family for years.”

Baird said the final approval for the business could come as soon as Tuesday. Lumino said they hope to get to work on the nearly $350,000 in improvements to the building as early as next week with an opening planned around the holidays.

Those improvements include two wood-burning fireplaces, an outdoor patio and giving the building the look and feel of a firehouse.

“We really want to have a family atmosphere,” said Lumino, a retired Downers Grove firefighter.

The new eatery will employ 15 to 20 people and will serve New York-style thin-crust pizza, either by the pie or the slice. Lumino said he hopes to keep the average tab at $12 to $15.

Being the owner of other successful businesses, Lumino is not worried about opening another one in tough economic times.

“People still have to eat,” he said. “If you’re going into business worried about the economic times, you probably shouldn’t be going into business.”

Baird said the village will lease the building to the cousins with a planned future date to sell them the property.

“This will be good for all the taxing bodies to get this building back on the tax rolls,” he said. “Hey, it’s only one building, but it’s better than getting nothing.”

Talks on the Mexican restaurant are progressing, but Baird said final approval could be a bit further down the road.

The Oswego Village Board will meet beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall.

steve vogel September 03, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Sounds great, but so did the development at Alexander Lumber. We don't want to be the next Naperville now, do we?
Kathy September 03, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Rehabbing an existing small commercial bldg into a restaurant is different than tearing down an old lumber yard and building a 6-7 sty residential/commercial building. We need to spend some money to entice small business owners and medium business owners alike to bring their business into town. Increasing revenue in the downtown area will only benefit Oswego as a whole. A different restaurant than what we currently have in that area will bring people to downtown. It isn't turning our town into the likeness of another town (ie Naperville), but making it a viable destination for people who live here and visit/drive through here. My family loves the Oswego Family Rest.; we shop at the stores downtown and walk/bike to the library. One more option for a dinner out downtown would be great.
Kevin September 03, 2011 at 03:16 PM
I would LOVE to be the next Naperville. What's so wrong about that?
Jan Alexander September 03, 2011 at 04:12 PM
I moved to Oswego because it had that small town"Mayberry" flavor which appeals to so many of us. I think these small restaurants would be great for our town.... J. Alexander
Rebecca Kalule September 03, 2011 at 04:20 PM
My only question is... will there be thin-crust pizza? If so - I'm there!!
Kathy September 03, 2011 at 04:24 PM
I think NY style is thin-crust .... it will be interesting to try!
Kathy September 03, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I know ... active, exciting downtown with shops & restaurants? I think Oswego has the potential, it's just finding the right balance between keeping it the small town we all loved to make us move here and making it somewhere we want to spend our dollars and time! :)
Val Smith September 03, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Me too!! I agree 100%!!
Jane Enviere September 03, 2011 at 05:35 PM
lol - I don't think we need to worry about being the next Naperville, but a good Mexican place would be fun!
Katra Knoernschild September 03, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I'm sure this will make a great hang out, especially for our HS kids. But I can't help but hope that there are plans still in the works to elevate the atmosphere of our downtown. While I agree that there isn't space for a Naperville down there, a balance between the wonderful offerings that Plainfield has managed to bring in, with the beautiful feel of the Riverfront that Naperville has developed with our parkland would certainly make it more desirable. It's been a miss for a while that the variety restaurants and upper end evening fair keep us leaving our community, and with it - so too goes our money and tax revenue.
Kevin September 03, 2011 at 11:12 PM
I hope we can do a better job than Plainfield. Their downtown is a giant mistake. Is the construction EVER going to be finished? Misplaced stop signs that guarantee gridlock...those stupid speed bumps in the middle of every intersection...being treated like I was the lucky one to be in their establishments...the list goes on. Please let's strive for better than Plainfield.
Jessie Okayama September 04, 2011 at 04:18 PM
YAYYYY NY style pizza!!! This Brooklyn born NY native is very excited!!
Jessie Okayama September 04, 2011 at 04:20 PM
NY style is thin enough to roll up when you eat it...its mmm mmm good!
allen clasen September 07, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Why not use the old fire house for a 'fire house' pizza pub. Makes sense to me - and the parking is MUCH better in that spot!!!
Jeff Dziedzic September 07, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Let's face it.... We will never be, nor do we want to be the next Naperville. Why wouldn't we support a local resident in a local business. The thing that makes a town a town is it's local flair. Not chain restaurants. My vote is YES! Hurry!
Jeff Paul CCRN RN September 08, 2011 at 12:45 AM
God forbid we support a couple of guys who want to bring business into town instead of sending our tax dollars to Naperville , wake up Oswego are your property taxes getting any lower? We should all encourage these two guys for attempting to bring affordable good food and spirits to our community. This is a easy decision, hello Oswego village board what are you waiting for? Maybe if you wait long enough these guys might move to another town. YES already
Charles Jamieson September 30, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Now Oswego needs its own Meat Market and a Bakery. Should be a need and room in the heart of downtown for both. As for the former fire station... it sits on Oswego's "Hollywood and Vine". It should not continue to sit vacant! Why is it still vacant? Is it because no business wants to come in or is it because Oswego's "requirements" are too steep. This deserves a closer look!
Michelle Bucher October 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Have you thought about a gluten free pizza??

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