Wheeling deli offering Georgian fare to expand, add sit-down service

Not even two years after opening, a Georgian deli in Wheeling soon will expand and offer sit-down, fine-dining service.

Pirosmani Georgian Food Art, 849 W. Dundee Road, sells traditional Georgian dumplings, kabobs, salads and more. An array of cookies, tarts and other desserts are on the menu, too.

Partners David Namgalauri and Bedzina Bregadze now plan to expand into a vacant, adjacent space in the Dunhurst Plaza.

Adding dining service will diversify Wheeling’s restaurant options, create new jobs and build the village’s tax base, Namgalauri said in a letter to village officials. A Georgian chef is among the planned hires.

After a public discussion of the plan during its meeting Monday night, the village board awarded the restaurant a roughly $21,166 grant to help fund the renovation.

Work will be done on the floors, electrical and plumbing systems, kitchen and more. Booths, tables and other amenities will be added to create seating for up to 64 guests, documents indicate.

The grant will come from Wheeling's Restaurant and Retail Build-Out Assistance Grant Program. Business owners or property owners are reimbursed for up to half a project's cost.

The deli was awarded a village grant before it opened in 2022, too.

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