Larson helped shape Schaumburg's booming restaurant industry

 
 
Posted4/24/2019 12:29 PM
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  • Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, shown here getting a pizza-making lesson at the village's Lou Malnati's restaurant, played a lesser-known role in shaping the village's booming restaurant industry through his work as the village's liquor commissioner.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, shown here getting a pizza-making lesson at the village's Lou Malnati's restaurant, played a lesser-known role in shaping the village's booming restaurant industry through his work as the village's liquor commissioner. Courtesy of Lou Malnati's

  • Shake Shack, which is planning to open just outside Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg this fall, was among the last two restaurants to request their liquor licenses from retiring Schaumburg Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Al Larson this week.

    Shake Shack, which is planning to open just outside Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg this fall, was among the last two restaurants to request their liquor licenses from retiring Schaumburg Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Al Larson this week. Courtesy of Shake Shack

Many by now know that Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson has held his current office for 32 years, following 12 years as village trustee, and that he's retiring on Tuesday.

But not as many may know he's played an especially significant role in Schaumburg's booming restaurant market as the village's liquor commissioner for the same 32 years.

Larson received his last two liquor license requests this week from restaurants planning to open this fall in and near Woodfield Mall.

Harry & Wallace is a beer garden-style restaurant that will be in the mall's new dining pavilion on the upper level near Sears. In addition to beer and wine, the restaurant -- which recently opened its first location in Knoxville, Tennessee, -- serves a variety of finger foods, company representatives said.

The second request came from Shake Shack, which plans to open its seventh Illinois location in the Woodfield Gatherings outlot development in the northwest corner of the mall's parking lot along Golf Road.

Two other recently announced restaurants in the mall's dining pavilion are expected to open Wednesday, May 1, according to Woodfield's website.

They are Pho Cafe, which will offer Vietnamese cuisine, and Ahi Poke, which will serve Hawaiian dishes.

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