Lake Barrington-based Wild Onion Brewing is planning to open a new brewpub in Oak Park’s Pleasant District by Thanksgiving 2016.
When asked why he chose Oak Park as the new location, Co-Owner and President Mike Kainz said, “It’s the right place at the right time for us. There’s just a really good energy there and a lot of development going on right now.”
Oak Parkers can expect the Pleasant District location to feature a diverse food menu that will accompany a wide variety of Wild Onion craft beers. Upon opening in late 2016, the restaurant will seat 132 people but there are plans to open an additional 60-seat patio by spring 2017, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
While the original Lake Barrington location actually brews beer on site, the Oak Park restaurant will differ in that it will not brew on the premise in order to preserve the legal option of opening more locations within the village.
Assuming successful implementation in the Pleasant District, Kainz has additional plans to open a second Oak Park location by June 2017 with the aid of the village. Trustees have already approved an initial grant of $50,000 for Wild Onion to use the retail space at 412 N. Austin that was formerly occupied by a bank, according to Crain’s.
Wild Onion has quickly become a favorite in its hometown of Lake Barrington, as the local brewery constantly features promotions to thank customers. For example, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the brewpub offered half-price pints of beer, gourmet burgers and more.