Rosebud could be opening its doors to local customers in August.
Details have been limited about the Italian restaurants move from Highland Park to the former Baker's Square building on Waukegan Road but a restaurant official was at the village board's meeting on Tuesday.
That's when trustees approved a liquor license for the location in Deerfield.
"I don't know when we're opening," the Rosebud representative told trustees during the meeting but said the restaurant was hoping for August.
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The former Baker’s Square building appears quiet—and gutted--despite the Rosebud restaurant’s plan to transform the space into a casual dining entity, originally slated to open in Deerfield this spring.
Restaurant officials refused to comment about the apparent delay.
Meantime, Highland Park’s Rosebud restaurant continues to operate, although the company originally planned to close that upscale location in Renaissance Place amid its move to the more casual Deerfield location. That plan ignited a serious effort by Highland Park to keep Rosebud local.
“They’re a great addition to our downtown and I hope they’ll stay, but I don’t know” the details about the restaurant’s current plans for Highland Park or Deerfield, Patrick Brennan, Highland Park’s deputy city manager, said.
Showing some signs of life in the former Baker’s Square location, a dumpster, storage unit, and portable toilet sit behind the building, and the “space available sign” that was still up at the end of 2010 is now gone.
Rosebud recently had to devote time and energy to its popular Naperville restaurant, which was extensively damaged by fire. That location re-opened this February.