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Limestone Bought by Tommy Nevin's Owners, New Brew Pub Planned

Steve Cin and his partners purchased the entire strip mall; Public Brewing Company could be open by late summer/early fall.

The owners of Tommy Nevin's Pub have purchased the Plainfield strip mall in which was located, and have plans to open their own brew pub there in late summer/early fall.

Initially, the group had wanted to lease the Limestone site for the company's new Public Brewing Company, co-owner Steve Cin said. However, once they saw Limestone's interior, which was damaged when Limestone removed its equipment, they realized it might be smarter just to purchase the entire site.

So they did, at a bankruptcy auction held Wednesday, Cin said.

The North Plainfield Crossing mall at 12337 S. Route 59 had been owned by Ardmin Properties, . The 55,000-square-foot strip center was in foreclosure, with Ardmin owing about $8.5 million to lender RBS Citizens N.A. at the time.

Cin declined to disclose the sale price other than to say they had secured a very good deal.

Public Brewing will be a new venture for Cin and his partners, who own Tommy Nevin's pubs in Naperville, Frankfort and Evanston and Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak in Evanston and Wheeling. Cin said they're excited about branching out into making their own beer; they want to pick up where Limestone left off.

After several months of attempting to settle a rent dispute with Ardmin, Limestone owners ended their business in late March and plan to reopen this summer at 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, near the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.

Being able to open Publc Brewing in a place that people already associate with a brew pub, coupled with a chance to gain a foothold in , made it a lucrative concept for Cin and his partners, Cin said.

"We've been looking at Plainfield for some time now," he said. "We like the demographics, we like the town."

And they have the capital necessary to finish some of the long-range plans that Limestone owners were unable to complete, such as creating rooms for private parties with a capacity of up to 200 people and building an outdoor patio area on the south side of the building, Cin said.

"We're taking what Limestone did -- and they did a lot of things well -- and taking it to the next level," he said.

They're already conducting a national search for a new brewmaster, and have interviewed Limestone's brewmaster Ken McMullen for the job, he said.

Their timetable for opening will be dictated by when the bankruptcy judge signs off on the sale and how long the improvements take to complete, Cin said.

As for the rest of the strip mall, the goal will be to "keep all of the tenants in place and attract new businesses," he said.

In the last year, the shopping center has lost Limestone, two other restaurants, a large gym and other smaller businesses. In at least three cases, disputes over rent played a role in the businesses departing.

VB May 04, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Change your headline, it's misleading. They bought the SITE where Limestone used to be...
Rachelle Stoller May 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Agreed, VB. Public Brewing isn't just investing in the old Limestone location, they're investing in the entire strip mall. It's even better than the headline suggests.
Grandpamike May 04, 2012 at 12:38 PM
This is great news for Plainfield. Hopefully it will be the start of a great site where new restaurants will open and other consumer business as well. Good luck to Steve Cin and Tommy Nevins.
Grandpamike May 04, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Also, it is nit-picking to claim that the headline is misleading, the article states the story.
Mike W May 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I hope this is a success there is very little on this side of Plainfield close to where I live. Please consider something other than Irish pub fare as far as food. We have way too many of those in and around this area currently active and gone (Finnegan's)
TC May 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Does anyone know what the Purchase Price of the entire strip mall was?? Just interested to see what kind of LOSS RBS Citizens N.A. took on the 8.5 million dollar loan.
Irena Sendler May 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM
it went for $3.2million
Olddeegee May 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I'm looking forward to this. I hope it proceeds smoothly. Also, why does every article here devolve into one or two (probably the same person) whining about their perceived insults? It gets old, move on.
TC May 04, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Thanks for the info Irena. Its nice to see that this development will be taken over by people who actually KNOW how to run a business.
Karen Sorensen (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM
As always, a reminder to keep your comments on point and civilized. Please refrain from making personal attacks on people in your comments, especially if the people have no connection to the story. Thank you...
Irena Sendler May 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM
TC not so fast -- I have this premonition -- and I could be wrong -- The aforementioned group that bought the mall, has some financial supporters.... Care to guess who?
Tim May 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
It just wouldn't be Patch, without rumors being spread
Irena Sendler May 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
True... However... Do the research... The same landlord that just foreclosed on the property... Ardmin Properties... You think they have anything to do with Tommy Nevins? Say it ain't so ;) Remember where ya heard it
Dale lewis May 04, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Thank you Karen
Miguel Sanchez May 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I think this is great news. I was really afraid this mall would become an empty monument to the boom and bust of my town.
Tim May 05, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I don't think anyone will forget that they heard rumors on Patch. Between the 'news' and the comments, It's pretty much a daily occurrence. However, if you are going to make claims, it helps to back them up with authoritative sources. Claiming "Do the research", is the call of someone who hasn't actually done any research. The only source that even comes close, is some guy who claims that Ardmin bought the property.... from Ardmin. Not exactly credible. This is why this site is known for spreading rumors. Because you just repeated what you heard someone else say/write, without actually finding an authoritative source for it.
T-Bone May 05, 2012 at 03:10 AM
This is Great! I hope they have Live Bands like Limestone did. That was always nice to know on the weekend you could go out and see a band and stay local!
Patty May 05, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Great news, maybe they can buy the 119th-59 strip mall and fill that one also....
VB May 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Headline: "Limestone Bought by Tommy Nevin's Owners, New Brew Pub Planned." Last time I checked, the limestone in the building was removed, along with the Limestone Brewing Company.
Ram Seichert May 05, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Why is there always a ton of news coverage on the opening and closing of restaurants all over town? How about some reporting on the public taxing bodies around here? The media should be regularly reporting on this. Everyone just received their tax bill and I am sure some would like to express their comments.
Tim May 05, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Because this is not a news site. It is a gossip site.
T-Bone May 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Maybe you should send this comment by email to the Editor...I don't think putting it on this story is going to help get your story ran....
Tammy Pierce May 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Agreed....I'm sure you wouldn't know a quarter of these articles if it wasn't for this site.
Judy May 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Where do you get this information? Ardmin does not have ownership in Nevins? What research? I DID the research and see NOTHING of this- this was a runor Limestone was trying to spread before being evicted. DO the research and see if they havepaid for their moving expenses for where there property is being stored! You think they will reopen ?

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