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New owner giving old Eddie's Steak Shed new life

New owner giving old Eddie's Steak Shed new life. // WSBT 22 Photo

The Granger restaurant owned by a man who got deported earlier this year is now ready to reopen under new ownership.

Eddie's Steak Shed’s story has gotten national attention.

Back in April the former owner, Roberto Beristain, was deported to Mexico. He's waiting for an immigration judge to rule on a motion saying he was denied due process.

Sunday WSBT 22 learned from a Chicago attorney acting as a spokesman for the Beristains that the family is now with Roberto in Mexico and efforts are still being made to get the entire family back in the U.S. as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the restaurant they used to own is about to reopen under new management.

Where icicles melt and a blue bull still beckons, it seems like every bit of the building on Adams Road in Granger is waiting to be filled once more by people looking to get full.

Eddie's Steak Shed is the eatery a family built more than 40 years ago. Like all family albums, a tribute to the founding father will go in the re-vamped restaurant that didn't have a certain future back in April.

That's when then owner Berentein was deported to Mexico. He was picked up by federal immigration officials.

Time and the family-owned tradition stood still.

"When he got deported, that's when the place was going to close," said Tom Samoilis, new owner.

Samoilis, a family friend of the original Eddie, says he stepped in to purchase it and keep the steaks sizzling.

"Although I kind of shortened the name, try and call it The Shed. So I'm trying to kind of put the legacy with all the previous owners together," said Samoilis.

A new look for The Shed on the inside, longtime worker Cindy Motuelle says you can't replace the tradition that has really made the place tick.

"It's like a huge family. It truly is. Customers, we've had regular customers that come in that treat us like we're family. So I'm looking forward to getting back to work and getting all my family back," said Motuelle.

A restaurant family about to reunite, as the Beristain family fights to reclaim their right to return.

Samoilis told WSBT 22 a health department inspection is next up. It's set for this week.

He said he's crossing his fingers to be open by December 19 in time for the Christmas holidays. He's retained many of the former staff members who worked there when the Beristains owned the restaurant.

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