Plans for a new pub in Palatine are proceeding, they are just taking a little bit longer than originally projected.
Originally, owners of the proposed Tap House Grill thought the restaurant and pub would open this month.
However, their projections now say it should open in February 2014.
“The drawings are way behind and dragging the entire project,” said Scott Ward of the Tap House Grill.
He projected the business will open on February 21, however, he said that it could take even a little bit longer. Ward said he just sent back the second set of drawings to the architect on the project with notes, and hopes to receive the changes soon.
“This is my best guess on a timeline. It can go 30 to 60 days longer. It depends on the architect and how busy he is. I am a small client, so my project gets bumped at times. He handles many restaurants and a couple chains,” Ward said.
The Tap House Grill is going into the former Mia Cucina property.
When it opens, the Tap House Grill is slated to be a Gastro Pub, offering live entertainment, food and drink in a family-type atmosphere.
The Village of Palatine owns the former Mia Cucina property at 56 W. Wilson Street, and Tap House Grill will act as a tenant before the new owners have the option to purchase the property after ten years of leasing it.
Representatives from the business plan to submit their full set of plans to the village for permitting on October 10, Ward said. They hope to get them back from the village on October 20, make changes by October 30, and then hopefully get approval and begin construction on November 10, he said.
Ben Vyverberg, director of planning and zoning for the village of Palatine, said the pub agreed, saying the pub owners continue to work through their building permit plans with their architect, in preparation for submitting them for a final building permit from the village.
“Nevertheless, a demolition permit associated with the interior renovations was issued and a lease was executed for the property,” Vyverberg said.
Palatine purchased the property where the pub is going after being approached by the former owners of Mia Cucina when they decided to close their doors in 2006.
The village listed the property with Cornerstone Real Estate, and a number of concepts came forward.
Tap House Grill is investing $1.5 million to redevelop it, according to their original proposal. In addition to the restaurant, Tap House Grill representatives plan to move their business headquarters to the property.
Tap House Grill has other locations in St. Charles, Glen Ellyn, Oswego, Westmont, Plainfield and Highwood.
Some of its menu items include deep fried bacon, pork belly tacos and drunken shrimp. The restaurant also has 40 taps, with rotating local and non-local micro-brews, and Sprecher’s Root beer for the kids.
The hours of operations will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Lunch and dinner - along with a late night segment - will be served in the future 310-seat restaurant.