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Gastropub Planned for Former Bin 48 Site

Rafael Gomez said he's opening a new business featuring craft beers at the site.

Bin 48 closed in March after five years in Plainfield. Credit: File photo
Bin 48 closed in March after five years in Plainfield. Credit: File photo
Downtown Plainfield diners were disappointed earlier this year when wine bar and restaurant Bin 48 closed its doors.

But another business is getting ready to set up shop in the location, which also formerly housed O'Sullivan's Pub, at 24205 W. Lockport St.

Rafael Gomez — who was previously a manager at Tap House Grill — said he plans to open up a new bar and eatery called Sovereign.

In an email to Patch, Gomez said the project is still in the "very early stages."

"Conceptually, it will be a craft beer focused farm-to-fork gastropub," Gomez said, adding he and his girlfriend plan to open the new business as soon as their funding is in place.

Bin 48 owner Kathleen Hammack announced in January that she had decided not to renew the lease on the restaurant, which opened in 2009.

Gomez said he doesn't have an opening date set yet, but hopes to be up and running by mid-July to take advantage of the location's outdoor patio.
Joki2 May 21, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Get rid of cruise night, or move it to a new venue. The new Riverwalk Park has a lot of open unused space,this would be a perfect location for cruise nights. It's still close to downtown Plainfield so the businesses would not be affected.
Ericus Alanas May 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM
that ^ +infinity.
Mike May 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I know that there are a lot of business owners and citizens that are against Dale Lewis Stepping foot in this town. Concerned Resident is one of them and its good to hear people speaking out.
RealAndrewJones May 27, 2014 at 02:19 PM
@ Frank - Is everyone who has a drink or two at a bar - a sports bar or any other type - a "drunken hooligan?" Of course there's no place for ignorant behavior, but having a few screens that show baseball or hockey games doesn't necessarily translate into lawlessness.
Connor Matthews June 17, 2014 at 06:25 PM
I, for in, super excited about this place. In a clean eater, and getting a good meal (organic, locally produced, minimally processes) is hard to find. Peter Rubi is a revelation. There's clearly a community of like-minded people. And it's on the way home from the Y? I'm intrigued... Gotta hear more!!

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