Marc Malnati, chief executive of Lou Malnati’s, a 28-unit Chicago-based pizza icon founded by his late father more than 30 years ago, enjoys opening restaurants in historic buildings. Several of the company’s full-service pizzerias are in renovated buildings that were built for other uses, such as roadhouses from horse-and-buggy days and fire stations.
“Why tear an old building down?” Malnati asked. “Why not maintain it? It gives a picture into history that’s consistent with who we