Is Carmen’s Pizza coming back to Loyola University Chicago?
Nine months after the long-time pizzeria closed near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, the new owners tell The Daily Northwestern they hope to reopen.
The new owners, Efrain Lopez and brothers Placido Quintero and Rogelio Quintero, reopened a Carmen’s in Evanston in March, and they are profiled in this Daily Northwestern story: CARMEN’S.
Placido Quintero tells The Daily Northwestern he hopes to reopen near Loyola.
Loyola Student Dispatch was the first to report the closing of Carmen’s last August:
Carmen’s had been a mainstay for hungry Loyola students for almost 30 years. serving thin and deep-dish pizza.
Carmen’s was shut down by county officials after the business failed to pay several months worth of rent, according to Manak Chojar, president of Loyola Property Management.
The restaurant, located at 6568 N. Sheridan Rd. in Rogers Park, owed more than $62,000 in overdue rent to Loyola Property Management, the student-run real estate management firm that manages more than 25 retail and residential properties owned by the university, Chojar said.
Two sergeants from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the Chicago property to evict the business, but no one was inside, Chojar said.
Michael Brosko, associate director of Capital Planning for the university, said Loyola Property Management previously decreased Carmen’s rent by $1,000 per month, but the owner continued to rack up back payments.