PLAINFIELD, IL — When one restaurant closes in Plainfield, another is opening. The latest addition to Plainfield’s food scene will be a Latin fusion restaurant serving tapas and tacos.
Altiro Latin Fusion will make its Plainfield debut at 15120 S. Des Plaines St., the former home of Front Street Cantina and most recently Glory Days Bar and Grill.
The property has changed hands multiple times over the years. The popular Mexican eatery occupied the space for about two decades until it closed in early 2023, paving the way for Glory Days, which shut its doors a few months later.
With Altiro, Roberto Avila, who owns the restaurant and parent company Altiro Group with his wife, Erika Villanueva, is confident his concept will be well-received.
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“Plainfield, they don’t have nothing like Altiro, nothing,” Avila told Patch. “I think the community in Plainfield, they’re foodies, you know, they love food. They like food, they like drinks, but they’re looking for quality, too. … What we have at Altiro is quality. We’re not working with quantity, we’re working with quality and with cocktails and food. I think that’s a good fit for Plainfield.”
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Altiro blends Mexican, Italian and Spanish cuisine to serve tapas and shareable plates.
“Everything we make is with organic produce and fresh fruit,” Avila said. “Everything is fresh.”
The restaurant might sound familiar: Altiro also has locations in Geneva, Wheaton and Aurora. The first one opened in 2013 in Geneva.
“I went there a couple years ago in Wheaton … and the food was terrific,” Plainfield Mayor John Argoudelis said. “The owners are really nice people. … We did have a conversation two years ago about coming to Plainfield and here we are, we have one in Plainfield.”
Avila said he looked to open Altiro in Plainfield three years ago but didn’t find a suitable space.
“Why [Plainfield]?” he said. “I love it.”
It won’t be long until locals can get their hands on Altiro dishes. Avila set his sights on an early-February opening.
The team is not making any modifications to the space, Avila said, only changing the interior design. Altiro’s liquor license is still coming down the pipeline, but not having one is not stopping Avila from opening his new restaurant as soon as possible.
“People, they give you a chance one time,” Avila said. “I used to have a friend who used to be my chef, he said, ‘You know, Roberto, the first impression is the last impression.’ That’s true, so if we’re not going to the right place, people won’t even come back. This is Altiro, and we’re really happy to open in Plainfield.”
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