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Gino's Steakhouse to move into old Applebee's

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Gino’s Steakhouse is coming to Chesterton.

At the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Town Manager Bernie Doyle announced that Gino’s--a tradition in Illinois since 1950 and now with two locations in Lake County--is currently remodeling the old Applebee’s space on Indian Boundary Road.

As Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell reported at the council’s last meeting, Morris Construction of Hobart was issued a pair of building permits earlier this month for an estimated $24,000 in interior and window work.

Doyle said that Gino’s hopes to open its Chesterton location in November. “It’s a pretty aggressive schedule, so that will be good.”

According to its website, Gino’s Steakhouse opened in Harvey, Ill., in 1950, rebuilt after a fire in 1960, and then closed in 1995 following another fire. In 2004 the Gino’s Steakhouse brand was bought by Progressive Dining Group, which opened a Gino’s in Dyer and then, in 2008, another in Merrillville.

Gino’s serves steaks and chops, seafood, pasta and is known for its homemade desserts.

2018 Budget, Second Reading

In other business, members voted unanimously to adopt the advertised 2018 budget on second reading.

That budget provides for a property-tax rate in 2018 of $0.9588 per $100 of assessed valuation, compared to a rate of $0.8079 this year and $0.9494 in 2016.

Although the 2018 rate represents a 19-percent increase over the 2017 rate, the latter was slashed by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance following a miscalculation last year by the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office. The 2018 rate represents less than a 1-percent increase, on the other hand, over the 2016 rate.

The 2018 budget also reflects a statutory 4-percent growth in property tax collection.

Westchester-Liberty Trail Change Order

Meanwhile, members voted unanimously to approve a change order submitted by Walsh & Kelly Inc., the contractor for Phase II of the Westchester-Liberty Trail.

That change order increased the cost of Walsh & Kelly’s $547,049 contract price by $1,200, to cover the cost of additional work at the southeast corner of 1100N and South 11th Street.

To facilitate the project, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell said, an ADA ramp had to be removed, as well as curb and gutter, and then put back in.

CEDIT Workshop

Members also agreed to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, on the 2018 CEDIT budget.



Posted 10/25/2017




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