By Jonah Meadows (Patch Staff)
ROSEMONT, IL — Bill Murray's golf-themed bar and grill is scheduled to open by the end of the year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, now that the actor and his family announced they have signed an agreement to lease space for the Murray Brothers Caddyshack Restaurant.
The golf themed eatery — designed to feel like a country club gone awry — will be the hotel's signature restaurant, with more than 6,000 square feet of dining space along with seating for 265 people, according to a news release announcing the deal. The restaurant will be open every day for lunch and dinner and is expected to provide about 100 jobs.
“The Village of Rosemont is a fitting location for our next restaurant,” said the brand's co-founder, Andy Murray. “In planning for Murray Bros. Caddyshack, we wanted to create a restaurant that captures our family’s love for the game and present it in a way that appeals to everyday golfers and families."
“Golf is evolving from its exclusionary practices in favor of a more open and fun-loving attitude, which can be seen in everything from today’s hip golf fashion to more eclectic golf fans and unique venues at golf tournaments,” Murray added. “I’m glad the rest of the world is catching up.”
“Bill Murray has done so much to represent Chicago, its pride and the friendliness that Chicagoans are famous for. It’s only fitting that the Chicago area gets its own Caddyshack," said the hotel's manager, David Friedman. "We have searched for a long time for the perfect food and beverage outlet that provides our hotel guests and all of Rosemont with a great dining experience.”
The nine Murray siblings grew up in Wilmette. According to the news release, all six brothers (Bill, Andy, Brian-Doyle, Ed, Johnny and Joel) and all three sisters (Nancy, Laura and Peggy) agreed that Rosemont is close enough.
Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens, who said he met Andy Murray a few years ago while the Murrays were looking for a Chicagoland location, agreed.
“I’m thrilled for the entire Murray family and naturally for the Village of Rosemont,” Stephens said.
The first Murray Brothers Caddyshack location was opened in 2001 at the World Golf Village, in St. Augustine, Florida, which is also home to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The restaurant describes itself as a casual dining, family friendly experience with "an upbeat, feel-good and engaging style that appeals to all generations." The Rosemont location would be its second.