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Downtown Plainfield Restaurant to Close

Bin 48 owner Kathleen Hammack recently announced plans to retire.

After five years in Plainfield, Bin 48 will close next month. Credit: Patch file photo
After five years in Plainfield, Bin 48 will close next month. Credit: Patch file photo
Another downtown Plainfield restaurant is getting ready to close its doors.

Last week, Bin 48 Wine Bar and Grille owner Kathleen Hammack announced her plans to retire next month. The restaurant, which boasts a large wine list plus steaks, seafood and pasta dishes, is located at 24205 W. Lockport St.

" ... After much deliberation, I have decided to retire," Hammack said in a message posted to the restaurant's Facebook page, adding that the eatery's five-year lease expires on March 1. The restaurant opened in 2009.

"On behalf of me and my family, I sincerely thank you for the honor of serving you and for all of your support throughout the years," Hammack said.

The restaurant will remain open until Feb. 16, according to Hammack, and all gift certificates can be used until that date.

The closure will leave another void in the downtown dining scene, following the closing of Fiesta Mexicana in November. Hopes for an upscale seafood restaurant downtown were dashed last fall when a Chicago-area restaurateur scrapped plans to rehab the former Baci restaurant building.

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Randy Wayne January 19, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Thus reaffirming the notion that Plainfield is NOT Naperville...
Frank January 19, 2014 at 08:51 AM
This place will truly be missed. The food is delicious, the service is always first rate and a very nice atmosphere. The Hammack family and their entire staff are wonderful people. Best wishes in your retirement.
Joki2 January 19, 2014 at 08:52 AM
RandyI could not have said it any better. Downtown Plainfield has nothing, it's boring. I give Capri a year before they close the door. Village board come on figure something out fast Downtown Plainfield is looking like a ghost town, especially driving in off of Rt 126 .
Maureen January 19, 2014 at 09:42 AM
I heard the rent is too high.
Maureen January 19, 2014 at 09:46 AM
One more thing Naperville is a college town. Many young people walking through for lunch ect. So lets have an open campus at PCH and have food they can come eat. A good book store maybe a Starbucks and some parking lots.
Ray Miranda January 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM
This place has been a great escape for Sunday brunch or lunch for my wife and I to get away from the kids for an hour or so. As someone in the business this could continue with the right investors and support from the city. Need to keep business here
Kathy rios January 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM
There are many reasons why plainfield isn't like naperville. The schools, the median income, the population... Our downtown area has it's challenges so the focus should be on promoting what makes plainfield plainfield.Not how to make plainfield Naperville.
BD January 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM
An open campus at the high school? That would mean it would have to happen at all 4 high schools. Kids are more likely to abuse the privilege.
Samantha Carr January 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Man I loved that place and to just have wine and sit outside. It will be missed
Gloria Kassel January 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Loved this place in the summer! Kathy Rios, I agree with you. We are NOT Naperville, so we should stop comparing and create our own identity and have pride in the community. I have relatives looking to leave Naperville because of constant tax increases. For those that are not happy and constantly bash the downtown area, you can move to Naperville and pay there taxes. Nothing comes without a cost. We all moved here because it was the best fit for our families so let's work to support the local business and make the area successful.
Susanna Bullis January 19, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Plainfield should not try to be s Naperville. Plainfield should just focus on being Plainfield. They have the right idea we just need anchor stores for shopping in downtown Plainfield. We have to many restaurants and bars downtown! Along 59 let's stop building banks, gas stations, car repair shops, cleaners, and dentists! How about Portillo's, Traders Joes, or Home Goods! Something to keep people shopping or coming to Plainfield!
Grandpamike January 19, 2014 at 02:23 PM
@Susanna I agree, but the problem is, that Plainfield residents, over the years, have not supported restaurants in the manner in which Naperville residents do theirs. We have dined many time at Bin 48 and love it, but if the Hammacks cannot make a decent profit, then why bother.
RB January 19, 2014 at 07:06 PM
We need anchor stores in the downtown area. Without them, you can't generate enough foot traffic to support any of these small business and restaurants.
Gina January 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM
This is really sad. Downtown Plainfield does need to carve out its own identity but we need more broad appeal establishments to anchor the area. With something interesting ( or better yet a few places) people will come! This was a great restaurant and it is a shame it didn't get enough business to stay open. If there was more to bring and keep people in the DT strip this would have likely made it. The village needs to do something here to entice decent stores, shops and restaurants to come here. With a track record like we have here it's a tough sell I'm sure. They need to make it worth their while. The board sucks.
Dawn Reyes January 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I love this restaurant and I will truly miss my girls night out with their delicious Brie and wine. I agree with the above that Plainfield is Plainfield and Naperville is Naperville and Plainfield should have its own identity. Naperville did not grow overnight nor will Plainfield. Downtown Plainfield has a lot of heart and many mom and pop places. Downtown Naperville has a lot of corporate restaurants and a few family owed business. Downtown Plainfield has come a long way from where it was 20 years ago. Nothing is perfect but in the meantime support downtown Plainfield and stop making judgments about why the town sucks.
Mark Batinick January 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Bin 48 is an excellent restaurant. My wife and I spent many date-nights there. We will truly miss it. I wish the family the best of luck in retirement.
Blake January 20, 2014 at 02:06 PM
I am baffled on the amount of negativity on this thread. The owners said they are retiring. How did the conversation change to Plainfield has terrible tax laws, parking is bad, the town sucks, etc (Facebook post on the Patch had same conversation). Did the owners say they are closing because they are not profitable, can't afford rent, or any of the other wild accusations? The place was great, my wife and I enjoyed dinner on many occasions and wish the owners a great retirement! Hope someone buys out the business!
RB January 20, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Blake, she is retiring and closing it. If business was very sucessful, she would be retiring by selling it. I believe the restaurant was really good but the fact is our downtown area lacks foot traffic necessary to make business thrive.
Frank January 20, 2014 at 06:32 PM
RB they don't own the building. In a leasehold situation, there's nothing to sell, as typically you only own the inventory and possibly the FF&E. If the lease is up & you don't renew, you give the key back to the owner & move on, as there's nothing to sell.
brian January 20, 2014 at 08:18 PM
Absolutely NOT true Frank. The business and the lease are separate. People sell businesses every day that also do not own the building. You sell the business and the new owner either negotiates a new lease with the landlord or moves to a new location. The building you are operating in is nothing more than real estate. If you are lucky enough to own the building, you can sell the business AND the building.
Joki2 January 20, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Plainfield is boring!!!!!
You Can Do Better Than That! January 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM
I would never open a business in the downtown area... It's like the kids of death the day you sign the lease.
Kaitlyn January 21, 2014 at 09:32 AM
wow. surprised on all the comments that have nothing to do with the article. she is retiring.. her business did not fail AT ALL. running a business is a lot of responsibility and work. Her and her husband have worked very hard all their lives and want to move on and move to their house in Florida and Michigan and enjoy themselves with their daughters. How about everyone stops arguing and congratulates Kathleen on running a great, fresh, and fun restaurant! Great job! Bin 48 will be missed
Michael January 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Someone needs to find out why the business wasn't sold. From what I can tell is that they were very successful and had good food/drink. Unlike Fiesta Mex across the street. As for the revitalization of DT Plainfield. The empty lot on the corner of Lockport & RT59 needs to be developed. Add a chain or two and people will turn west and come down the street. Also raze the church and admit the investment was a bust. I would also suggest razing the empty blue house on Lockport as well. This place was a hot dog joint for about a week, but in 7 years has never been anything and needs to be removed. Lastly, keep in mind is that DT Plainfield would have been a different story if it wasnt for the recession. The timing of the Lockport Street redevelopment couldn't have happened at a worse time. My bet is that DT Plainfield in 2020 will look very different that it does today!
Frank January 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM
NOT true brian. If a business that is not connected to the ownership of the underlying real estate is active/open/running there may be something to sell, like good will, a customer base, intellectual property, the remainder of the lease, etc. But if a lease matures and the operator of the business elects to not renew, that's a different story. If the business is a going concern in the middle of a leasehold arrangement, they can sell the FFE&I, intellectual property, future value of the customer base and the potential development thereof and the ABILITY of a new business operator to assume or negotiate the existing lease to keep the going concern "going." But if the lease matures and the operator decides to call it a day, it's a different story. I'm not making peanut gallery comments, as I finance commercial properties and commercial leases for a living. Trust me, I'm not being critical; it's just a statement of fact. I really hate to see this place go, as it's on my beloved list. I wish the family the best as they're good people. We need to remember that and all they gave us consumers over the past five years. I appreciate their endeavors, they will be missed and I wish them the best for the future.
TB Plfd January 30, 2014 at 01:47 PM
I have lived in Plainfield for over 25 years and it has always tired to be Naperville, Why cant Plainfield just be Plainfield? I like how there is more police at the weekly car show downtown area on Tuesday nights then there is patrolling our subdivisions. Why do the business areas and tourist routes get more police then the people who pay taxes and live in plainfield?
Frank February 03, 2014 at 09:28 PM
Took my family of 3 and my mom to The Bin on Sunday for ma's 82nd birthday. The service was as delightful as the food, as usual. This place will truly be missed...a gem of our downtown and always a wonderful experience. If you haven't been there before, don't miss the opportunity to try it before its gone. If you're a regular there, don't miss the opportunity to make more memories before it's too late. Bin 48, you will be missed.

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