Country House restaurant getting new spot in Lisle

After nearly 30 years in its current spot in Lisle, The Country House restaurant is moving to a bigger space in another part of the village.

Company officials confirmed the restaurant, which is best known for its "Country Burger," will be closing its location at College Square Shopping Center later this year. The restaurant then will reopen in a roughly 6,300-square-foot space at 2799 Maple Ave.

"We think it's a much better opportunity for us because of the location and the visibility," said Dean Timson, president of The Country House. "It also gives us the opportunity to have a banquet room and outdoor dining."

The future restaurant site at Green Trails Shopping Center used to house the Big Apple Pancake House, according to Theresa Schulz of Schulz Properties Commercial Real Estate, which is the leasing broker for the shopping center.

Schulz said The County House is going to do "a major renovation" of the vacant building before the move. That work is scheduled to be completed in October or November, officials said.

The Country House has three locations, including one at 241 55th St., Clarendon Hills, and another at the corner of Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway in Geneva. The Lisle location opened in 1985, according to the company's website.

Unlike its sister locations, the existing County House in Lisle is hidden away in the shopping center. It also doesn't have much of a street presence, Timson said.

"You drive by on College Road and you'd never see it," he said.

Timson said the new site is a much more visible spot.

He said the company also wanted to stay in Lisle.

"We've had a great relationship with our customers in that area," Timson said. "We don't want lose them."

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