Correction: The version of this story that appears in our September print issue uses an incorrect spelling of Jorge Trujillo’s name. We regret the error.
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (August 28, 2018) – Rancho Grande Tacos and Burritos applied for a Class 8 tax incentive in order to remodel and move into the building that formerly housed the Golden Crown restaurant (17904 Torrence Avenue). Owner Jorge Trujillo plans to keep his restaurant on Ridge Road open, but he hopes to relocate his Torrence Avenue restaurant, currently at 2394 172nd Street, in order to gain more visibility and traffic. He estimates the renovations—plumbing, electrical, furniture, and an updated facade—will cost $500,000.
“The inside would be totally redone,” explained Trujillo. “The property is over 50 years old. I could probably open it right now, but that’s not ideal. We really want to develop the property. It’s a great location.”
“This is a clear case of a small ma-and-pa operation that this [Class 8] incentive could really affect,” said Trustee Brian Hardy to his fellow Board members at the August 21 Committee of the Whole meeting. “We want to help these businesses that do want to stay in Lansing, and it’s a great tribute to our village that these business owners do want to invest here.”
Trujillo also formerly had a location in Highland, but since closing that he has seen many of those patrons come to his Ridge Road Lansing restaurant. By moving his other Lansing restaurant closer to Ridge Road, he can relieve some of the increased burden on his Ridge Road store.
At a special Board meeting on August 28, the Board did vote to approve Class 8 incentive, to help make the redevelopment possible.