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The Saddle Room lives up to its name in Hoffman Estates

New restaurant includes OTBs, saddle displays

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The letter "M" is hung on the exterior of The Saddle Room, an off-track betting parlor and restaurant in Hoffman Estates that opens today.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

The bar area of The Saddle Room, a new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates that opens Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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The Saddle Room, a new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates, opens Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

The Saddle Room co-owner Parker Grabowski, right, and server/bartender Porfirio Salamanca prepare the bar area of the new off-track betting restaurant for its opening Friday at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Executive chef and co-owner Kristopher Gillis talks about the opening of his new restaurant, The Saddle Room, in Hoffman Estates.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Horse racing memorabilia hangs on the walls throughout the dining and bar area at The Saddle Room, a new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates. The restaurant opens Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Adam Urbanik, a worker from The Turf Room restaurant in North Aurora -- which is also owned by the owners of The Saddle Room -- hammers a plastic disk to the bottom of chair at the new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates. The Saddle Room opens on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Hoffman Estates' newest restaurant truly lives up to its name. With two off-track betting rooms, an exterior made of weathered wood from 15 old barns, walls adorned with large prints of horse-themed newspaper articles and more than 40 historic saddles on display, The Saddle Room at 2559 Pratum Ave. is ready to run this Friday.
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    • The letter “M” is hung on the exterior of The Saddle Room, an off-track betting parlor and restaurant in Hoffman Estates that opens today.
    • The bar area of The Saddle Room, a new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates that opens Friday.
    • The Saddle Room, a new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates, opens Friday.
    • The Saddle Room co-owner Parker Grabowski, right, and server/bartender Porfirio Salamanca prepare the bar area of the new off-track betting restaurant for its opening Friday at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates.
    • Executive chef and co-owner Kristopher Gillis talks about the opening of his new restaurant, The Saddle Room, in Hoffman Estates.
    • Horse racing memorabilia hangs on the walls throughout the dining and bar area at The Saddle Room, a new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates. The restaurant opens Friday.
    • Adam Urbanik, a worker from The Turf Room restaurant in North Aurora  which is also owned by the owners of The Saddle Room  hammers a plastic disk to the bottom of chair at the new off-track betting parlor and restaurant at 2559 Pratum Ave. in Hoffman Estates. The Saddle Room opens on Friday.
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