Limestone Brewing Closes Its Doors, Relocating to Undisclosed Fox Valley Spot

The owners have been negotiating over the terms of a new lease, and were unable to come to a resolution, according the business's Web site.

It's rumor no longer -- Saturday was the last day for Limestone Brewing Company in Plainfield.

In June, it will open in a new location in the Fox Valley area of Aurora, according to the business' Web site.

"It has been a tremendous couple of years," General Manager Jason Rosendahl said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't come to an agreement with our landlord, who is facing his own set of problems with foreclosure of the property."

Although the site did not disclose where the new spot will be, it described the location is in a high-traffic area with an "enormous patio area," which is something its current property lacked.

Limestone's landlord problems became public in January, when the employees were informed the brew pub/restaurant might be closing and brewmaster Ken McMullen urged members of the PlainfieldĀ  to come by for a final drink.

It's not known if the dispute with the landlord involved anything beyond rent, which has been a problem with other tenants as well.

McMullen said in the Web site that he's looking forward to a new location in which they can do even more in terms of expanding its beer options.

"The new location is allowing us to create a brewpub that will be truly unique and all together impressive," McMullen said. "We're proud of what we've done in Plainfield but just wait till you see waht we do in Fox Valley."

Joe Ardovitch, whose Ardmin Properties owns the North Plainfield Crossing strip mall in which Limestone is located, could not be reached for comment.

Some Limestone employees were told of the possible closure last week, and brewmaster Ken McMullen sent an online note to the Plainfield Ale & Lager Enthusiasts group urging them to drop by Saturday for a beer because they could be closing.

It is known that there have been issues involving at least two other tenants at the 12337 S. Route 59 property. , which opened in 2006, shut its doors in December. Ardovitch said at the time that they were not making enough income to cover the rent.

, one of the largest tenants next to Limestone, closed in June. Ardovitch said they, too, were having trouble paying their rent but that he did not force them to shut down.

Limestone opened in December 2009, brewing beer, including a number of changing seasonal brews, on site. It also offers tours and beer tastings, live entertainment and special events, such as movie nights and team trivia competitions.

Central Mom March 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I agree with this post. Plainfield doesn't seem to be the smarter group of business people. They overbuilt in terms of homes but NOTHING else!
TPWS March 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Good riddance!!! They're not re-opening...they've run that business into the ground!!! The Manager's are horrible...they treat their employees like dirt! I look forward to the professionals that will be re-opening a much better establishment!
Hugo March 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM
It sure SEEMS like the fees for liquor establishments are punitive and predatory. What appeared to be thriving businesses (Finnegans, Gunthers, Limestone, the other Irish place where Bin 48 now is) etc) all crashed and burned. Either their management was horrible, or Plainfield just gives them absoloutely no breathing room.
Rob March 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I wouldn't believe anything that the owners of Limestone say. They were bringing in a ton of money every week. They were not paying their rent or their bank loans. They also didn't pay the IRS. I don't believe for a second that it's cheaper and a better business decision to move all of that brewing equipment to a different building. The lease could not have been that bad. There are a lot of empty buildings by the Fox Valley mall that many other businesses have tried to run but failed. Why will Limestone work there?
Grandpamike March 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
@Rob How do you know the financials of Limestone, are you an owner ?
Judy March 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
You dont need to see the financials of Limestone- look at the court documents- an eviction notice was filed in November of last year because they owed a year in back rent...they got court continuances twice and basically stayed there collecting money and paying nothing. Its no wonder the center is in foreclosure with all these places not paying rent. And then they have a judgement against them from the IRS. SO how do they get a new lease in a new place when they owe so much money? I dont get that at all
BETH March 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
this departure has been in the making-driving past just this am around 10:30 and already the sign out front of the entrance was down, the brew bins being placed on a large truck and a moving van was already loading things up. WHEN WILL THEY TELL US WHERE THEY'RE HEADED?
Miguel Sanchez March 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
This mall is doomed as doomed can be. What a shame.
Hurtin Anfrustrated March 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The food was decent to poor on any one given week. We went there back in Sept last year and spent almost 100.00 bucks and walked out hungry. They are just another one of the businesses that, when things get too hot, get out of the kitchen. In this case get out of plainfield. I figured this place out a long time ago. They will re-open somewhere else, with a new mgmt name, pocket all that money and leave that town too and blaim the community admin for all their lack of success. Plainfield survived a tornado. Im sure we will survive this!
Olddeegee March 26, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I hope someone moves another, similar, business there. LImestone Brewery acted as if they were in Fox Valley catering to a wealthy crowd. Overpriced, cold, and almost always empty. I once confused a bartender there because I wanted to see a baseball game and not watch the golfing that was on every other channel in the place.A manager eventually told the kid to change the channel for me. Although anecdotal, this just sums up the way that the people there made me feel. A good micro-brewery could thrive in that location. Limestone wasn't one.
Miguel Sanchez March 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Tommy Nevin's moving in?
Jerry March 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I doubt they're headed to some "undisclosed" Fox Valley location. Every restaurant that has closed in Plainfield in the past year has the owners quoted as saying it's only temporary, or we'll be back in another location, or we will be reopening under new management...and they never do. Not surprised they are getting all their crap out of there already. If the IRS comes knocking, they could force a liquidation.
Jerry March 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Where does that come from? Tommy Nevin's is right up the road in a much nicer place than this.
Jerry March 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
A wealthy crowd in Fox Valley? Really? Wouldn't have described it that way, but what do I know.
concernedresident March 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Eyes brings up a really good point of discussion, exactly what does the PACC do? As to all of these negative comments about LBC, As to the overall atmosphere of LBC I for one have enjoyed many good experiences there. The food under chef Darren was fabulous, beef wellington for $20? Sorry those of you used to McDonalds and $.59 hamburgers it cost a little more. Everyone complains about price, do you people go out and eat ever? Look around, gas is going up, groceries are going up of course we are going to see restaurants increase their prices. Sorry I don't want to hang out in places that have $.50 beers and greasy food, go down to Joliet if thats what you want. Sick and tired of negative this and negative that, you are the people that go away on vacation and complain, complain, complain. Start looking at the brighter sides of things people life would be so much more enjoyable.
Holly March 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
PACC must be a bunch of part-timers. That's the way businesses are run in downtown Plainfield. Part-Time. Maybe that worked when this was a farming community it wont work today.
Luckycharms March 26, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I am very sad to see Limestone leaving the Plainfield area. It was a great location for Plainfield and Naperville residents to meet. They had great bands and both my Plainfield and Naperville friends loved to come. I thought and all my friends thought it was a great mid point location for all of us. :(
COPY March 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
You will notice that their website is changing. From limestonebrewingcompany.com to limestonebrewers.com. Who changes their website at the same time?? This is just another sign that they will file bankruptcy and never pay the liens owed to the taxpayers of Illinois. They will not pay the back rent or any new taxes. Looks like they are running from their obligations!!!
KWD March 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Why is it Ardovitch's fault? The Limestone people didn't pay rent for over a year, and when they left they trashed the place like a bunch of spoiled teenagers. Truth is, if they knew how to operate a restaurant, none of this would've happened. They are the one's to blame here as they have proved themselves to be nothing more than common criminals. Ardovitch's only mistake was over estimating these guys in that they knew how to run a business and restaurant.
Judy March 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Agree with KWD. How do you expect to negotiate a lease that you haven't paid the rent for over a year and then say you did everything you could to stay? How about paying what you owe!? I can't stand that they blame everyone else and will skip out on what they owe and try to start over. Why do they think the mall is in foreclosure with all these places not paying rent and then going under? Hopefully the new place opens soon!!!
TPWS March 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM
They don't own any of the equipment, it's staying in the building...they don't have anything and were served and removed by the Sheriff. They owe EVERYONE!! They're having to change the business' legal name in an ATTEMPT to reopen.
TPWS March 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Tommy Nevin's Corporation is reopening a brewery. All of the equipment in the restaurant is being purchased by them (Limestone was behind on that as well). It will not be another "Tommy Nevin's", but a restaurant run with the same professionalism and financial smarts as their other restaurants.
TPWS March 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
That's exactly what they're doing. As well as pulling a lot of PR crap! They have been taking deposits from people AFTER they had already been served to vacate and knew there was no way they could keep the business going.
Irena Sendler March 29, 2012 at 09:41 PM
First off....Even if Limestone files bankruptcy, they still wont get out of paying the taxes. Those dont go away until they get paid. TPWS-- Tommy Nevins may possible be moving in, but 1: there is no guarantee on that because noone owns the strip mall yet. When someone buys the strip mall from foreclosure, then a lease can be signed, but its impossible for anyone to sign the lease until then. 2: Limestone took all the equipment with them and is storing it at their 'potential new location'. They have not defaulted on that bank note from First Midwest Bank, so your news is invalid. 3: their 'potential new location' is the old Enchanted Castle by Basil's at the Fox Valley Mall. However, the owners of Limestone have no idea how to run a restaurant/bar/brewery (obviously noted by them running the Plainfield locationn into the ground). This specific occurence has nothing to do with bad landlords, bad PACC or the Mayor. Limestone had no idea what they were doing.
Plainfield Conservative March 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Almost every strip mall that has gone up in surrounding villages has had "somewhat" of a decent design element to it. All the strip malls built in Plainfield over the years share the same drab cookie-cutter design with no character. It's no wonder that nobody wants to travel to Plainfield. It lacks character and charm that cities like Naperville are able to offer.
Dan Raddatz March 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I had to comment to "JeffK", I support any elected official that does the right thing for the people they were elected by. I think that some board members are in touch with the communities they serve. Other will have a wake up call when running for an elected position. I have been elected and served as a public official, so may be I have a greater respect for those who serve in these rolls. I still also have the right to comment on my governments need to serve me as a tax payer and resident. I could only wish that a few people who have made comments about running would truly pass petitions to run for public office.
JeffK March 30, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Mr Raddatz. I don't disagree with anything you said. Just seems the local officals you most appreciate are the same people who seem to have the most influence or power. I'm still trying to figure out how higher taxes, layoffs and the apartment building are the right thing for the people. They have done well for themselves but the community has suffered. I'm well aware of your service. Going from the fast croatian and BO to the italians. I understand you were a very important person and would never need a pep talk from someone like me. .
Dan Raddatz March 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
"JeffK" I also agree with you on some of the issues you have commented on. I have never voiced support for the apartment complex. I have seen cut backs where I work that were at least softened buy a buy out packages that may not have covered the people in subjects we have seen in these columns. I wish you too would seek out elected officials and talk with them so you could feel your concerns are being met.You are right about "I will never need a pep talk" because I was raise to be confident enough about who I am. But you are wrong that I think I am a very important person, I enjoy life. It may be time you read the book " Who Moved My Cheese" http://www.whomovedmycheese.com/BooksBySpencerJohnson.html
Dan Raddatz April 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Got some extra cash, here is the auction notice for the mall. https://www.cbremarketplace.com/listings/9888/default.aspx
Pam O April 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM


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