The sign outside the iconic Wellington Restaurant in Arlington Heights started to come down Thursday, the first step in turning the property over to Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59.
The school district reached an agreement in June to buy the land for $1.8 million. District headquarters are next door to the site at 2121 S. Arlington Heights Road, and school officials say they will initially use the property for training and meeting space while developing a longer range plan.
The Wellington operated there since July 1983 and closed last August. Business had been declining for years and the property initially was put up for sale in 2009.