New Home for Villaggios

Restaurant moving into former Trio space

Egg Harbor residents have been waiting three years for something to fill the former Trio restaurant space. In May, it will be filled with a familiar face.

Kim Jensen has purchased the property and will move her Juddville restaurant, Villaggios, into the space this spring. 

“We’ve wanted to do it ever since that building has been for sale,” Jensen said. “We wanted to give Villaggios better exposure, with more walking traffic.”

For two decades, the building at the corner of Highway 42 and County E was home to Trio, a popular Italian restaurant with a devoted following. When that closed, it housed Serendipity for a single summer before sitting empty the last two and a half years. 

Jensen is aiming to open the new Villaggios by May 1 with the same menu it had in Juddville, with the addition of steaks. The restaurant will serve beer and wine, and Jensen plans to add an indoor/outdoor fireplace facing Highway 42 with a streetside patio. 

“The building has classic elegance,” Jensen said. “People are going to like the open, modern space of it all. And we’ll be creating a space for private parties and gatherings on the south wing.”

Eventually she hopes to revamp the bar area and add pizza by the slice.

Jensen likes the idea of moving all of her restaurants into Egg Harbor, where her Mojo Restaurant Group also owns Village Cafe, Pink Bakery and Mojo Rosa’s. This year she celebrates 20 years as a Door County restaurateur, a run that started at Village Cafe. She said the restaurants employ 125 people during peak season. 

This summer the old Villaggios location will be used for special events and catering, but Jensen said her hope is to open an Asian take-out restaurant in the future.

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