A vacant storefront situated just west of Circle Avenue on Madison Street could be renovated into a Thai restaurant, according to a real estate broker handling the deal. The proposal is to open the family-owned business at 7330 Madison by the first of November, pending municipal approval and a renovation of the space.

David King, the broker representing the property, described the concept as a smaller eatery with about 40 seats, and would offer a “more intimate feeling.” The restaurant would occupy what was most recently a children’s clothing store that went out of business in early February, Treehouse Boutique. The storefront is owned by Jerry Vainisi, who also owns the adjacent space at 7328 Madison. That address was vacated in October 2007 when a longtime real estate office, Reich and Becker, closed its doors. According to King, the proposed restaurant would use only the one storefront.

Restaurants within the downtown district are permitted, but are subject to specific approvals from the village. The results of a July 20 hearing with the zoning board would be forwarded to the council for an up or down vote.

“We are hopeful that based on the location – and the parking surrounding the location – that the conditional use will be approved,” King said.

King declined to identify the prospective restaurateurs, stating only that the family has a history in the industry. This would be their first bid at owning and operating a restaurant, he said.

The Review did not submit a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act for the restaurant’s application, but an inquiry with the municipal Department of Public Health and Safety as to the identity of the applicant was rebuffed.

Vainisi, the property owner, is also the president of Forest Park National Bank and Trust. In response to an e-mail inquiring about the project, Vainisi said his real estate agent, King, is responsible for putting the deal together.

Dining developments

Two restaurants in Forest Park won approval from the village council July 13 to offer outdoor seating. Gaetano’s, at 7636 Madison, and Golden Steer, 7635 Roosevelt, both received the unanimous support of the council to open beer gardens behind their respective buildings.

In each case, the outdoor seating requires that nearby parking be done away with. For Gaetano’s two parking spaces were eliminated. Rudimentary drawings submitted to the zoning board in June showed six tables would be offered within the 25-foot by 16-foot patio.

Golden Steer’s outdoor seating area would also offer six tables in a similarly sized area, and eliminates one parking space.