Village Pizza partially reopens
By Mike Danahey email@example.com @DanaheyECN on Twitter September 27, 2013 2:16PM
Co-owner Marcie Sarillo works the carry out counter at Village Pizza and Pub in Carpentersville Friday, a week after the business was heavily damaged by a lightning strike and fire. | Mike Danahey/Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:39AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — Hit by lightning the morning of Sept. 19, the carry out and kitchen area of Village Pizza and Pub along Route 25 north of Helm Road opened for business late Thursday afternoon and hoped to have part of its dining area open Monday.
Early Friday afternoon, Marcie Sarillo — who owns the restaurant and another Village Pizza along Randall Road in Elgin with her husband Mike — was working the counter in the carry out area.
With construction crews busy in the restaurant, Sarillo said that most of the damage was confined to the roof and its trusses in an attic so the hope is to have the place fully rehabbed by late October and definitely in time for the day before Thanksgiving — one of the busiest nights of the year for pizza places.
“We thought it might take longer,” Sarillo said.
Fire officials determined the fire was started by a lightning strike on or near the chimney from a storm moving through the area that morning. At least eight fire departments, Carpentersville police, and Kane County Emergency Services wound up at the scene that afternoon. No one was hurt in the incident.
Village Pizza and Pub has been in business for 35 years, starting as a carry-out in 1978 and opening an adjacent restaurant in 1985. It is known for its peanuts on the table, cracker-thin thin crust pizza, and a house specialty, the double decker pizza.
The original location, which now holds a Rosati’s, is about 50 feet away from the spot that caught fire Thursday. Another Village Pizza is located on Randall Road in Elgin that opened in November 2007.
Village Pizza closed its first spot in the fall of 2009 after it unexpectedly lost its lease.
“That was even harder to take than the fire,” Sarillo said Friday.
The Sarillos eventually reopened a new spot on the lot north to its old parlor in late 2010. In March, 2010, Lee’s Pizza Lodge opened in what was Village’s spot, but closed during the summer of 2011, with the Rosati’s opening there in December 2011.
For the time being at least, Sarillo said the Carpentersville location is running a special to draw in customers — a $10 thin crust, one-topping pizza for carry out. Village Pizza does not deliver. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The phone number is 847-428-6678 and website is www.villagepizzaandpub.com.