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Durbin’s Takes Over Former Pom Poms Location

Offering up pizza, steaks, ribs and more, the family owned and operated chain will open a Plainfield location in under a month, owner Tom McAuliffe said.

A family owned eatery with a 25-year tradition is coming to Plainfield.

Owner Tom McAuliffe said Durbin’s will take over the former Pom Poms All-American Bar & Grill location, 16031 S. Lincoln Highway, within the next month. The since October 2010.

“We’ve been looking for a location and we know Plainfield is a good area,” McAuliffe said of the chain’s decision to come to the village. “They’re our kind of people.”

The Plainfield branch will be the seventh in the Durbin’s family, joining locations in Burbank, , Midlothian, , and .

Offering up pizza, ribs, chicken, steaks, burgers and even homemade doughnut holes, Durbin’s remains family owned and operated, McAuliffe said.

Renovations on the Plainfield location are scheduled to get under way next week.

If all goes well, McAuliffe estimates the restaurant will open within three to four weeks.

“We’re putting in a 4,000-square-foot enclosed beer garden,” McAuliffe said. The interior is also being remodeled.

“It’s going to be a whole new look,” he said. “It’s going to be a whole new business,” McAuliffe added, stressing Durbin’s is a family oriented establishment.

“We started out in Burbank 25 years ago,” McAuliffe. “We’re well known in the south suburbs.”

In fact, the Evergreen Park location was to represent Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn in Patch’s Pizza Playoffs last winter, beating out other beloved pizza joints for the honor.

Durbin’s was also voted Chicagoland’s Best Pizza by voters at CBS Radio’s 670 the Score and Best Beer Garden by the Southland Star.

Now hiring

McAuliffe is taking applications for bus boys, waitstaff, bartenders, delivery drivers and pizza makers.

Applications will be available during regular business hours Monday through Friday at the Plainfield location on Lincoln Highway/Route 30.

Erica June 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I'm so exicited! 20 years ago I met my husband at the Durbin's in Burbank and I've been in love with both ever since! Their pizza and ribs are fantastic - what a great win for Plainfield.
Stacy June 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Without Pom poms, where are all the underage drinkers going now??
Christine July 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I too met my husband at Durbins in Burbank. I also worked there for 5 years and loved it. We currently live in Plainfield and now my daughters want to apply, keeping the tradition going. So excited to finally get a nice beer garden in Plainfield!!
Lisa September 04, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I have to say we have been 4 times since they opened. TERRIBLE SERVICE all the way around! The servers and bartenders are nice enough but the place is SO disorganized!! All times the wait for food has been 30 plus minutes. I think the management or owner needs to be much more proactive if they are going to survive here!
Droncz87 September 04, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I second that Lisa, I went with my kid and stood there for 2-3 minutes not sure if I should take my own seat or wait for something to seat me. Right as they saw me going for a table someone ran up and told me where to sit! I got the BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger and it was medicore at best, no better than McDonalds Angus burger to be truthful.
Ed Arter September 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
BAD SERVICE-Average food at best-Been there 4 times since openning. 1)Pizza was nothing to rave about,ran out of my beer.2) chicken sandwich had hard burnt meat crumbs embeded into the meat--somebody didn't clean the grill and the scraps clung to my Chicken--Ran out of my beer AGAIN.3) burger was mealy and lacked taste.-Speakers were broke. Yesterday) sat at the outside bar and waited,and waited,and waited,complained to the "Hostess" and Waited--30 minutes passed and no staff even spoke to me --all I wanted was a beer- F this place--Got up and left.TERRIBLE SERVICE. HELLO DURBINS--FIX IT OR FAIL, the word is on the street.
N8 September 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Not a bad outside bar.........But the service is terrible!!!!!!! Once it is not the new bar in town it will go away like Pom Poms
Olddeegee September 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I enjoyed the place. The people are mostly new, and what new place doesn't have issues. Good pizza too.
British Plainfield September 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
This place will struggle especially once the BP Gas Station and the Dunkin Donuts is completed at Route 59 & 30. Construction should start in the Spring 2013.
Brandon Andreasen September 04, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Yea, BP, THAT is why it will struggle. Truth be told, you guys are just going to kind of have to wait out the service there. The weather is going to start going away from us and people won't be able to go outside within the next month or so. They don't want to hire people on that they are going to have to get rid of a month from now. This seems like a non issue. Anyone complaining that this place will be going away should drive past it at 2pm on a random weekday and see how many people are there. It's always packed. And if you don't like this place and it's service, then it's very easy: DON'T GO THERE.
Miguel Sanchez September 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I agree. With all the stalled cars due to rotton BP gasoline, traffic will be frozen.
bill witherspoon November 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM
went here last night to see my favorite band Hey Jimmy. OMG it smelled like smoke from the people in the front bar smoking!!!! How is the world is smoking allowed?? I could not breathe during my dinner. No vent system. Just some fans circulating the disgusting smoke around. My clothes smelled like smoke BADLY!!! Had to shower when I got home. Repel smoking there PLEASE!!!!!!
Violet Burgess September 23, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Worst dining experience in many years. Poor bartending experience lack of professionalism and lack of customer satisfaction. Bartender was inattentive and very lackadaisical. When I informed her my drink was horrible she still charged me and didn't try to rectify our experience. Will not be returning.

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