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Zaharako’s Victorian Soda Shoppe fully restored!
One writer described Zaharako’s as “one of those Victorian-era soda fountains that looks like it should be in a museum.” The three Zaharako’s brothers opened the shop, warmly called “The Greeks” by locals, in 1900. When Lew Zaharako, the third-generation owner, died in June 2006, the future of Zaharako’s was uncertain.
But local businessman Tony Moravec purchased the shop and restored the skylights and roof, the onyx fountain, the mahogany woodwork and Italian marble counters. He also purchased the building next door, enabling him to create a museum space to exhibit the fixtures from Jahn’s, a New York-based, turn-of-the century ice cream parlor and install a larger kitchen and improved restrooms. He purchased the original Welte Orchestrion that had been sold and shipped to a collector in California, and it is now restored and music again fills the popular ice cream parlor.
To see photos and find out more about the renovation of the legendary Zaharako's ice cream shop, click here.
To read what the Chicago Sun-Times said about the restoration, go here.
For assistance, please contact Becky Harper, Director of Sales, at (800) 468-6564, extension 203, or Joyce Orwin, Tour Coordinator, at (800) 468-6564, extension 202.
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