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After a $70,000 facelift that essentially gutted the inside of the 200-seat eatery at 2727 W. Jefferson St., the business opened for business Monday, said Tracy Stary, who owns McBride's with husband Brent.
"We were trying to make something that was warm and inviting," Stary said of the new interior, the centerpiece of which is a unique bar top covered with pennies and sealed with Plexiglass-style finish.
"We hope that it has a kind of fresh feeling. All of our food is fresh, too," she said.
Stary said the food menu is essentially the same as the one at their other restaurant, McBride's Pub & Grill at 7162 Caton Farm Rd., with the exception of a about half-dozen new dishes, including Guinness stew and shepherd's pie.
They also have an extensive beer menu, with 18 beers on tap. Ten of the 18 are craft beers, she said.
The couple did a soft opening for the business, which they hope will be viewed as a restaurant at lunch and dinner during the day and evening and a pub in later hours, Stary said. Once they obtain their entertainment license from the city of Joliet, they'll also have live music and DJs Tuesday through Saturday, she said.
"Business has been good so far," she said. "We didn't really advertise. We just put a sign outside saying we're open and put something on our Facebook page."
McBride's is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.