Restaurant, medical-supply store get Mundelein grants

A soon-to-open restaurant and a medical-supply outlet are the latest businesses to receive grants through a program designed to help Mundelein business owners improve their properties.

Tina G's, 10 Park St., will receive about $1,298 to partially cover the cost of a new sign. The eatery is scheduled to open in April, owner Tina Gilardi told the village board Monday night.

Fair Haven Medical Supply, 608 E. Hawley St., will receive about $4,628 to help cover the installation of automatic doors that will make the business more accessible for people with disabilities.

Village trustees approved the grants from the Business Incentive Grant program Monday.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available, covering half the cost of an improvement project. Instead of getting the money up front, recipients are reimbursed for their expenses.

Interior renovations, landscaping changes and lighting improvements are among the projects that qualify. The work simply needs to be more than cosmetic.

Applicants initially were limited to businesses in the downtown area, a wedge-shaped district that's mostly south of Route 176 and east of Lake Street. The program later was expanded to allow applications from businesses anywhere in Mundelein.

Including the grants approved Monday, the village has pledged more than $82,800 to nine businesses through the grant program, which launched in early 2014. The effort has a $100,000 annual budget.

The grant Tina G's received Monday is the second for the restaurant. It previously received a $40,368 grant for various interior and exterior improvements, village documents indicate.

That's the largest grant awarded so far.

The smallest was for less than $700 and went to Best Car Care II, 131 E. Maple Ave.

Other grant recipients include: Bosacki's Home Brew, 610 E. Hawley St.; Luke's of Mundelein, 551 N. Lake St.; and Cabinet Creation Plus, 515 N. Lake St.

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  Mundelein's Fair Haven Medical Supply has received a village grant that will help the owners pay for new front doors. Russell Lissau/
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