Vision for Vacancy: Former Mia Cucina

The property at 56 W. Wilson Street in downtown Palatine has remained vacant since the popular restaurant closed in 2006. What do you think would be the next best use for this building?

The 10,000 square foot building that previously housed Mia Cucina Restaurant sits on 26,000 square feet of land in downtown Palatine. 

After Mia Cucina closed, the Village of Palatine purchased the property at 56 W. Wilson Street near Brockway, at a price tag of $2.2 million for future redevelopment. 

The village even hired a company to help market the property in 2010, but no projects ever came to fruition.

The property is included in the central business district and has a wide array of potential uses, including a bakery, antique shop, professional offices or even another restaurant, among many other options. 

Palatine Patch wants to know, if you had a say, what would you like to see come into this property? Share in the comments section below!

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S R November 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The village shouldn't have kicked Mia Cucina out in the first place. They (the village) had it in their minds that they wanted to tear it down and build more condos. Palatine needs more condos as much as they need more banks. Which is NOT AT ALL! It was wrong to force Mia Cucina's to close in the first place. Palatine lost a wonderful downtown restaurant. Too bad we can't just bring Mia Cucina back.
PEP December 01, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Amen! I so very much agree with you!! I've been saying that for years at the village meetings since Mia's closed. It all falls on deaf ears! I worked at Mia's for 4 years as the hostess and manager....it rocked then. It was more than a restaurant. It was a meeting place for friends, it was a place to have a celebration, it was comfortable, fun, and people from the community and surrounding communities supported it. It surely is a part of our history!
PEP December 01, 2012 at 05:09 AM
How about a Trader Joes for all those commuters and condo owners!
W.J. Walsh December 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Eric December 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
As someone who has spoken with the past operator of Mia Cucina, it is my understanding that the large footprint of the space made it unrealistic for an efficient restaurant operation. Filling up one or two nights a week can not support such a large space. Hopefully the new restaurant operators have a better approach to making us of the space, or they'll find the same to be true. Mia Cucina was not forced out of town, it was barely staying open when the village offered the purchase.


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