The Golden Nugget Pancake House at 4229 W. Irving Park Road on June 8, 2022. Credit: Alex V. Hernandez/Block Club Chicago

OLD IRVING PARK — Neighbors can weigh in on a plan for Dunkin’ Donuts to take over the former Golden Nugget Pancake House in Old Irving Park before Ald. Ruth Cruz (30th) hosts a community meeting about the proposal. 

The owners of the Dunkin’ Donuts in the strip mall at 4313 W. Irving Park Road want to relocate their business a few blocks east to the now-closed Golden Nugget Pancake House at 4229 W. Irving Park Road, Cruz said. 

The location would offer a larger, updated storefront, possible outdoor patio seating and enough room to add a drive-thru for customers, Cruz said.

“Because the property was formerly a restaurant, they can move there without a zoning change, but what the owners need for the drive-thru is a special use permit,” Cruz said.

Neighbors will be able to learn more about the proposal during a virtual meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday hosted by Cruz’s office.

Her office is soliciting feedback from neighbors in advance of the meeting via this online form

The Golden Nugget on Irving Park Road was once one of the chain’s 24-hour spots, popular with the breakfast and late-night crowds, neighbors said. It opened in 1970.

The hours changed to 6 a.m.-10 p.m. about five years ago, and business hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels, owner Cathy Guzman previously said. 

Guzman closed the location last year and has since been looking to lease the space.

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