By TODD WESSELL
Journal & Topics Editor
New Restaurants In Works For Village's Pearl Area, Crowne Plaza
Dave & Busters restaurant, which plans to open a new location in Rosemont in 2018 at about the same time that a new ballpark becomes the setting for a new minor league baseball team, will be joined by as many as four other new restaurants in the village.
Two of the four eateries will likely be located in the new Pearl development near Balmoral Avenue and the Tri-State Tollway. Another one, Brgr Belly, is expected to move from the north side of Chicago into Rosemont sometime in 2017. And the fourth restaurant is a golf-themed operation owned by comedian/actor Bill Murray and his four brothers. If negotiations are successful, that restaurant would be located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel at River Road and Balmoral.
According to Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens, he met Andy Murray at a major retail show in Las Vegas a year or two ago, which led to a visit to Rosemont’s entertainment district, MB Financial Park at Rosemont.
“He saw MB Park in full swing and said ‘we’ve got to be in Rosemont,’” explained Stephens yesterday (Tuesday). The mayor said he told Murray that there’s no room available at MB Park so he suggested that he meet with the people who run Crowne Plaza to see if they had available room for a restaurant/bar. Stephens said it’s his understanding that Murray and the Crowne Plaza have come to terms on a lease, but that an agreement has not yet been signed.
“That’s good stuff,” said Stephens.
The owners of Brgr Belly recently told customers that they will move from the Milwaukee Avenue location in Gladstone Park where they’ve operated for the last three years and likely move to Rosemont next summer. Stephens said he does not know where the restaurant will move to in Rosemont.
Meanwhile, according to Mayor Stephens, two other restaurants will likely open in the Pearl development in 2018 at around the same time that a new 5-story, 163-room boutique hotel opens as well as the Dave & Busters and a 7,000-seat minor league stadium. Negotiations have taken place to open a Buddy V’s restaurant there. Stephens did not disclose the names of the two restaurants.