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Barraco's Set to Open Its First Chicago Restaurant in Mount Greenwood

 Barraco's Restaurant, Pizza and Catering will open its first Chicago restaurant in Mount Greenwood on Tuesday. The south suburban chain also has restaurants in Evergreen Park, Crestwood and Orland Park. Barraco's has carryout locations in Burbank and Orland Hills.
Barraco's Set To Open In Mount Greenwood
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MOUNT GREENWOOD — Barraco's Restaurant, Pizza and Catering will open its sixth restaurant Tuesday at 3047 W. 111th St.

The Mount Greenwood location is the sixth restaurant for the south suburban chain, which also operates in Evergreen Park, Crestwood and Orland Park.

Barraco's has carryout-only locations in Burbank and Orland Hills.

"I feel like I'm at home. It's a really nice feeling," said Fran Barraco, owner of Barraco's first Chicago restaurant.

A soft opening for the Mount Greenwood restaurant will be held from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday. A grand opening celebration is in the planning stages and can be expected in the coming weeks, Barraco said.

After Tuesday, Barraco's will be open from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays to Fridays. The restaurant will stay open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays. Delivery service will be available in the coming months.

Barraco's replaces Corrigan's Restaurant & Pub, which closed in 2009. But the Italian restaurant has expanded the previous owner's footprint to include a private, outdoor dining area that seats 40 people. A banquet area with room for 100 patrons has also been added, giving Barraco's roughly 8,000 square feet of space.

Among the many new features of the restaurant is a sprawling bar area with 24 beers on tap. The exposed brick wall facing the bar is decorated with hundreds of bottles of wine.

Barraco said the heavy concentration of nearby pizza parlors didn't dissuade her family from the Mount Greenwood location. In fact, she said that while pizza remains a staple at Barraco's, the restaurant also features a full menu of pasta, steaks and seafood.

Barraco said she believes the menu choices will allow families to order a pizza for the kids while parents enjoy a more formal meal, and perhaps, a glass of wine.

"We are getting a lot of good feedback. The neighbors are happy," Barraco said.

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