Carpentersville’s iconic Village Pizza to finish after-fire remodel in early January
By Mike Danahey email@example.com @DanaheyECN December 29, 2013 2:44PM
Marcie Sarillo, who owns and operates the Villa Pizza and Pubs in Carpentersville and Elgin. | Mike Danahey / Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 31, 2014 6:09AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — One of the Fox Valley’s longest-standing pizza places should be completely reopen sometime the first week of January.
Lightning hit Village Pizza and Pub’s chimney the morning of Sept. 19, which led to an attic fire and ensuing smoke and water damage to a portion of the building. 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.
The carry-out and kitchen area of the restaurant, along Route 25 north of Helm Road, reopened for business in late September and then reopened about half of its dining room closest to the kitchen about a week after that.
Many of the 25 staffers were able to take up shifts at the Village Pizza location along Randall Road in Elgin during that time, and all have stayed on since, Marcie Sarillo said last week.
Sarillo, who owns the two restaurants with her husband Mike, said that the rest of the dining area should be open in early January. The work includes partitioning another room, which will increase capacity from 180 to 260 patrons, according to Sarillo.
“This will give us about the same seating as we have at our Randall Road location,” she said.
Construction also has included replacing parts of the roof and the chimney, putting in lightning rods, and replacing the old fireplace with a raised one so that the part holding the wood is higher off the ground and easier seen by diners.
Sarillo said a some of the old barn wood used for interior walls is being reused and that more was found to replace what was lost. Her husband has spotted and bought such wood from places throughout the area, she said.
Village Pizza and Pub has been in business for 35 years, and the September fire was the first the business had, Sarillo said.
The pizzeria started as a carry-out in 1978 and opened an adjacent restaurant in 1985. It is known for its peanuts on the table, cracker-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 in September. The other Village Pizza, on Randall Road between Interstate 90 and Route 72, 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 in September.
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.
Sarillo said the rebuilding has been very stressful, having to deal with insurance companies and lining up contractors to do the work.
“The crews have been doing the best they can. And Leo Shales — who has been supervising — has been a saint and has helped take some of that stress off,” she said.
Of the experience, Sarillo said, “It was an act of God, so the lesson was you never know what can happen, so you take each day as it comes.”
Until it is fully reopen, Sarillo said, the Carpentersville location continues to run a special — a $10 thin crust, one-topping pizza for carry out. Village Pizza does not deliver.
Carpentersville location hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 847-428-6678 and website is www.villagepizzaandpub.com.