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Oney Guillen's least favorite restaurant needs new beer garden: suit

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BY MICHAEL LANSU

Maybe the son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would have enjoyed his meal at general manager Kenny Williams' restaurant if the West Loop eatery had a better beer garden.

The 1113 W. Randolph Management company -- which manages a three-story building that houses a bar and grill co-owned by Williams -- filed a lawsuit Monday against a Lombard company that did not obtain necessary permits before constructing a retractable canopy system for a beer garden and enclosed restaurant, according to a suit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit claims 1113 W. Randolph Management LLC hired Olympic Signs Inc. to install a retractable canopy system, fixed awnings, side and wind panels and winter storm doors with a zipped window. However, Olympic Signs did not obtain the necessary permits before building the structure and the City of Chicago Department of Buildings issued a stop work order, according to the suit.

Both the management company and Olympic Signs have been unable to obtain the necessary permits because changes must be made to the structure to satisfy the building department, according to the suit. Because the building does not have the proper permits, it may be required to tear down and rebuild most of the work done by Olympic Signs, the suit said.

Guillen's son, Oney Guillen, called the food at the restaurant "hands down" the "worst food in the city" in a March 9 Twitter post. As a result, Ozzie Guillen told his son to resign from his job in the team's scouting and video unit.

Last June, Sun-Times restaurant reviewer Pat Bruno gave Market 1.5 stars -- a "good" to "very good" rating on a four-point scale.

The suit claims the restaurant suffered lost revenues from the beer garden and restaurant and expenses associated with the revisions to the work. The management company is seeking more than $50,000 from Olympic Signs plust the cost of the suit.

Neither Williams nor Market co-owner Karl Spektor are named in the suit.

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