It’s taken a bit longer than anticipated, but plans are coming together for a new brewpub on Route 59.
Co-owner Steve Cin said a new opening date of Nov. 21 is planned for Nevin’s Brewing Company, which will fill the space formerly housed by , 12337 S. Route 59.
Originally, the location was tentatively scheduled to open around Labor Day, Cin told Patch in June.
“We really increased the size of the brewery,” Cin said, adding it’s taken some time for some of the new brewing equipment to arrive. “We purchased a 15 [barrel] Belgium system — it is beautiful.”
Cin said Nevin’s is also in the process of finalizing its federal licensing to operate the brewery.
A nationwide search for a brewmaster got under way this summer, and Cin told Patch the brewery will use some of the beer recipes created by restaurant namesake Tommy Nevin.
The Irish elements seen at some of the other Nevin’s locations — including Tommy Nevin’s Pub franchises in Naperville, Frankfort and Evanston and the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook — will be absent from the brewery.
“It’ll be an American-themed brewery,” Cin said earlier this summer, adding owners hope to create a new Nevin’s brand that could become a nationwide chain.
Cin noted the scheduled opening date just happens to fall on the day before Thanksgiving.
"This may be the best worst idea I ever had," he joked of the date, known as one of the biggest nights of the year for bars and restaurants.
Seeking new tenants
Tommy Nevin’s of the entire 55,000-square-foot strip mall in June, and is working to secure tenants for some of the vacant spaces, which include a former gym, two restaurants and several smaller businesses.
In June, Cin hinted that a new restaurant could fill the space of the former , calling it a “great concept.”
While Cin was tight-lipped on details, Planner Michael Garrigan said negotiations are in the works to bring a Mexican restaurant to the site.
With the purchase of the building, Nevin’s took on the leases of existing tenants , , , and .
A sign on the door at one of the vacant storefronts urges prospective tenants to contact Cin at TommyNevins@aol.com.
Another new business set to open
A location is also set to open in Plainfield.
The restaurant, known for its pizza and pasta, will open in the location formerly occupied by , 13717 Route 30.
Although owner Rick DiPego did not respond to calls and emails from Patch, a posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page noted that the Plainfield franchise is “opening soon.” Job applications are being accepted at the Fat Ricky’s location in Romeoville, 660 N. Independence Boulevard.
The chain also has locations in Shorewood, Tinley Park and Elmwood Park.