Serbian restaurant proposed for downtown Valpo

2013-08-01T18:12:00Z 2013-08-01T23:14:10Z Serbian restaurant proposed for downtown ValpoPhil Wieland, (219) 548-4352

VALPARAISO | The last of the 10 downtown historic district liquor licenses has been approved, but the city continues to attract people interested in opening restaurants in that area.

Stan Jevtic, owner of Stan's Painting and Decorating in Hobart, and his architect Robert Priesol will be at the city's Site Review Committee meeting Tuesday to discuss plans to open Vaps Restaurant at 22 Washington St.

Priesol said the restaurant will offer Serbian fast food along with hot dogs and hamburgers.

"Finger food," Priesol said.

No need for a liquor license. Just soft drinks and ice tea will be served although Priesol said eventually Jevtic hopes to offer wine. Priesol described the Serbian fare as something Jevtic discovered on a recent trip to Serbia.

"It's a sausage that is made with different meats with a broiler method he invented and served in a special bread," Priesol said. "It's a kneaded bread baked into a loaf made just for the sausage."

The historic building has undergone recent renovation, and Priesol said, "We are trying not to do anything to the exterior except replace the ugly front windows with French doors that will lead to the sidewalk dining area."

The plan is to have a nephew manage the restaurant, although Jevtic will oversee it and spend a lot of time there during the first few months it is open. The opening will depend on how fast Jevtic can get the remodeling done and get the equipment delivered and installed, Priesol said.


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