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UPDATE: Rosebud Hopes for August Opening

Restaurant plans to start serving by end of summer.

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.  

-Previous story on May 4-

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.

jack stone May 04, 2011 at 02:28 PM
The buzz on the street is that rosebud will be leaving and Cafe Lucci of glenview will be moving into the spot.
Melinda Vajdic May 04, 2011 at 08:49 PM
UPDATE: Three white construction trucks and a pick-up show up today outside the former Baker's Square location that is supposed to be occupied by the new Rosebud restaurant, giving life to the formerly quiet site.
Melinda Vajdic May 05, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Thanks for your information, Jack. Cafe Lucci confirmed for Patch that it is indeed looking at the Highland Park location. In negotiations with the landlord. See Highland Park Patch for a full story.
kurt swanson July 06, 2011 at 09:06 PM
we watched the fireworks in the parking lot this year
Bringin' Down Briarwood July 07, 2011 at 01:05 AM
That's four Italian restaurants and counting, right? Cafe Abruzio (sp?), Italian kitchen, Rosebud and the new one announced in the Stoney River space - all within a couple miles. And those are the only ones I know. Please Deerfield trustees, start thinking about these issues. I assume you want to draw more people into the town and give resident more options. It's time to start thinking wholistically, developing a plan that promotes the community and recruiting unique entertainment options.
James M. Lynch July 07, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Former Mayor Belsky tried very hard to get Rosebud to stay in HP, so them opening or not in Deerfield doesn't seem to be an event I'm getting behind. Let's give our support and energy to the new restaurant in HP and keep our downtown busy. I don't want to be mean or vengeful in saying this, just that Rosebud had a great location, loyal customers and a city willing to support their success and chose to leave. I feel for our local business owners and want to support those who choose to stay and keep HP healthy.
Molly July 07, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Our family was never a big fan of Rosebud so in our opinion, Deerfield is welcome to it! We're hoping a good restaurant will open at that great location. Something above Michaels but relaxed enough to bring kids & friends for impromptu meals out.

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