Despite having his proposal for a larger restaurant at Ogden and Eberly avenues rejected by the village of Brookfield in 2014, the owner of Paisans Pizzeria has decided to reinvest in his property at 3720 Grand Blvd. and renovate the entire business, inside and out.
While the Brookfield location is still open for delivery and carryout, the dining room has been closed since Feb. 13 as demolition crews work to prepare for the overhaul. Owner Pete Fejzuloski said he hopes to reopen the Paisans dining room in six weeks.
“It’ll be like 200-percent different inside,” said Fejzuloski.
When it’s finished Paisans will look and feel a little more like the company’s flagship location on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn, said Fejzuloski, with a more industrial, loft-like décor featuring exposed brick walls, duct work and structural features like wood roof beams. In addition, there will be an open kitchen.
The brick facades on the east and north sides of the building will also be completely redesigned in the style of the Berwyn location.
The changes will go beyond the physical, however, according to Fejzuloski. Although Paisans will always be at its heart a pizza place, the Brookfield location’s menu will be updated to include more offerings, like gourmet sandwiches, pastas, salads and flatbreads.
While the location will remain “fast casual” and customers will order at the service counter, plated food will be brought to tables by servers, more like a traditional restaurant.
“We’re getting away from the old-school traditional pizzeria,” Fejzuloski said.
Paisans has had a location on Grand Boulevard in Brookfield since 1991. Originally located on the east side of the street, Paisans moved across the street to its present site in 1998 when Fejzuloski bought the property.
After 18 years, it was time to give the restaurant a new look, Fejzuloski said.
“I get people all the time who come to Berwyn from Brookfield, Riverside and Lyons,” Fejzuloski said. “They say, ‘Why not have this type of food there [in Brookfield]?’ And I figured, why not fix the whole thing up?”
According to building permit information on file with the village of Brookfield, Fejzuloski is pouring an estimated $40,000 into the remodeling project. The new look will also go along with other recent additions on the block, like Grand Tavern, The Sanctuary, Burger Antics and the soon-to-open Brookfield Ale House.
“I’m excited about the project,” said Nicholas Greifer, director of community and economic development for the village of Brookfield. “It’s a great reinvestment project and shows confidence in the Grand Boulevard district.”