Splinters Sports Pub and Restaurant in Palatine's Rand Road corridor is about to end a 28-year run.
In a Facebook message to customers, proprietors Steven Alberts and Carol Thielen said Splinters plans to close for good Monday, March 20. They said the decision to close was "extremely difficult."
Thielen and Alberts thanked employees and customers for their support since opening at Rand and Hicks roads in 1989.
"We are glad our patrons felt at home in our establishment," they wrote. "Home is where family is, and you are family to us."
Splinters became known for its involvement in fundraisers, particularly those benefiting military veterans. One of the big fundraisers was Vet Fest, which for 12 years generated money to buy comfort and recreational items for residents and patients at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.
Patrons looked forward to Splinters' generous Super Bowl party, featuring access to a complimentary halftime buffet typically with salad, baked ham, broasted chicken, lasagna and dessert. It turned out Super Bowl 51 in February was the final bash.
Splinters' exit will come about the same time as another longtime Rand Road corridor establishment vanishes seven miles north in Lake Zurich. After nearly 48 years in Lake Zurich, Hackney's will serve its final hamburgers and signature onion loaf Sunday.