RoSal’s Bids Bittersweet Farewell to Plainfield

Owners Joe and Cyndi Fulco are shutting down the location to focus on other businesses, volunteer work.

If you’ve got a craving for Chicago-style Italian favorites, you’d better hurry.

, the family owned restaurant that got its start on Taylor Street in Chicago, will close the doors of its Plainfield location for the last time at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Cyndi Fulco, who owns the eatery with husband Joe, said the decision came as she became more active in volunteering and Joe opened up a third business.

After four-and-a-half years in Plainfield, Cyndi said, “It was time.”

But the goodbye isn’t the end for the restaurant, located at 13717 Route 30 in Plainfield.

The location is scheduled to reopen next month under the leadership of Rick DiPego, owner of .

“Ricky is our cousin,” Cyndi explained. The new Fat Ricky’s location will be the latest for DiPego, who also owns the original restaurant in Elmwood Park, as well as franchises in Romeoville, Shorewood and Tinley Park.

Since the new restaurant will focus more on pizza than RoSal's does, Cyndi said DiPego plans to remodel the kitchen before reopening. When he does, he’ll bring some familiar faces with him.

“My staff has been training with him in [another Fat Ricky’s] location,” Cyndi said. She said knowing her dedicated employees would still have work made making the decision to close a bit easier.

“I probably wouldn’t have made the decision [otherwise],” she said. “That would have been hard for me.”

Cyndi said DiPego hopes to reopen by June 1.

The Plainfield closing isn’t the end for RoSal’s. The Taylor Street location, celebrating its 22nd year, will stay open.

Saying goodbye to Plainfield customers hasn’t been easy, Cyndi admitted.

“It’s bittersweet because of the people that I’ve met here,” she said. “We’ve made so many friends and become part of people’s families. That’s what I’m going to miss, my people. … It’s been really sad because they’re crying, and I’m trying not to cry.”

Cyndi said in addition to the Taylor Street restaurant, she’ll focus on continuing her volunteer efforts in Plainfield.

“I’m actually really excited to start a new chapter,” she said.

Tony Fremarek May 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Joe and Cyndi will be missed...Guess we will need to make the drive to Taylor Street. Best of Luck to two great people.
jo May 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Well, I'm officially unemployed :( In Joe's spare time (yeah right!) he'll have to give me some cooking classes.... We will ALL miss the fabulous food! Thanks for a wonderful (almost) 3 years!
Lori Janiec May 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Yet another Plainfield casualty? This is sad as we enjoyed their calzones. :(
Cathy May 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Looks like we will be making trips to Taylor Street. Joe & Cyndi best of luck in this next chapter of your life...we will miss you! Welcome to Plainfield Fat Ricky's!
T-Bone May 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Only the Strong will survive in Plainfield...Who will be the Last One Standing? Stay tuned...
Karyn M. McCarthy May 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
As long as Fat Ricky welcomes me with open arms, and Joe still feeds me my baked pasta and sausage weekly, I'm at peace with their decision, LOL! Rosal's has been a welcome and wonderful addition to the Plainfield community. Thank you! And Cyndi, I'm excited you will have more time to spend with the Plainfield Junior Woman's Club!
Kristen May 15, 2012 at 05:56 PM
So happy that Cyndi and Joe can pursue their dreams... It's not a casualty or a matter of who is the strongest to survive.... this was a choice the Fulco's made to begin the next chapter of their lives. We will miss stopping in to see them at RoSal's Plainfield, but we will see them often around town and at their Taylor Street location, Good luck, Cyndi and Joe! And, welcome to the neighborhood, Fat Ricky!


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