DeMito’s Saloon, located at 335 E. Kenilworth Ave., opened to on-site service on Friday, May 29. The Villa Park business, like other bars and restaurants throughout Illinois, had been closed to in-person service since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and bars in Illinois were allowed to begin providing outdoor service on May 29 as the state moved into Phase III of the Restore Illinois Plan. Under Phase III, bars and restaurants are able to provide outdoor dining and/or drinking. Parties are limited to six people. DeMito’s Saloon provides patio seating for its patrons on the west side of the business. The patio was open on May 29. The Villa Park Village Board held a special meeting on May 27 to approve an ordinance allowing outdoor restaurant service and liquor sales during Phase III of the Restore Illinois Plan. The village’s new ordinance requires barriers or fencing to be placed around each establishment’s outdoor seating area. The bottom photo, from Sunday, May 31, shows temporary fencing around Fuel & Crème, located at 324 E. Central Blvd.


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