Mugs' Italian Bistro reopening in Little Italy under new owner

Jun 24, 2016 537

Mugs' Italian Bistro, a Little Italy staple for seven decades, will reopen under a new chef and owner this summer — and he's bringing back the phone booth. Todd Sheppeard is reopening the space at 300 S. Exeter St. and targeting a July 3 debut, pending city permits and inspections.

The reopening will revive a longtime neighborhood cornerstone. Marion "Mugs" Mugavero opened the shop and eatery as Mugavero's Confectionery in 1947 and owned it until he retired in 2012 at age 89. His children, Greg Mugavero and Gayle Mugavero-Grimm, remodeled and reopened the restaurant as Mugs' Italian Bistro a year later, but closed it again in 2015 following their father's death.

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