Oak Brook-based The Clubhouse to open Schaumburg restaurant
The sprawling restaurant building in Schaumburg most recently occupied by Grillhouse by David Burke is expected to reopen under its third tenant by Thanksgiving.
The Clubhouse, a high-end restaurant at 298 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, is being vetted for a liquor license to open a second location in the 22,000-square-foot building at 1301 American Lane in Schaumburg, according to Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson.
The building was originally constructed for Entourage restaurant, which operated there from February 2006 to August 2010.
After remaining vacant for more than four years, the building reopened as Grillhouse by David Burke in 2014. That restaurant closed just before Labor Day weekend this year.
Shortly after its closing, Schaumburg's Economic Development Manager Matt Frank speculated that more than one tenant might wish to share the immense space in the future.
But Larson said The Clubhouse applied for its liquor license and is planning to move in as the building's sole occupant.
"It's really great to see that happen," Larson said. "It's nice to see that quality of a restaurant come in and take over the operations."
Julie Fitzgerald, Schaumburg's director of community development, agreed. She said based on the restaurant's performance in Oak Brook, it seems a good fit for the Schaumburg site.
"We could not be happier," Fitzgerald said. "I think they'll be a wonderful addition to the community."
Representatives of The Clubhouse told the village this week they wanted the restaurant to be ready for business on Thanksgiving but characterized that as a goal rather than a promise, Larson said.
The general manager of The Clubhouse was not available for comment Friday.