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The shuttered Central Street shop once known as Rose’s Wheat-free Bakery may be turned into a Greek restaurant.

Serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, who bought Rose’s in late 2012, opened an additional outlet in Highland Park, renamed both Sophie’s last year, after his late mother, and closed both shops early this year.

Lemonis now tells Chicago Business he may bring the quick-serve Simple Greek restaurant concept that he acquired last year and plans to open in the Highland Park location later this month to the Evanston site at 2901 Central St. later this year.

He says Sophie’s “did OK but not good enough for me to continue to spend time and money on it.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Let’s hope the food isn’t

    Let's hope the food isn't terrible at a new place like it was at Sophie's. After he bought out Rose the quality went downhill fast.

      1. Zip, zed, zilch

        Most businesses manage to succeed or fail on their own. This is one of them.

        The city did provide some free publicity to the previous owner when she was running a fund drive to keep the place open.

        — Bill

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