Old Blockbuster getting fashionable, industrial remodel for new ale house – Chicago Tribune

With black-painted brick and grey and copper accents, the Up North Ale House ought to stand out when it opens close to North Aurora Street and Raymond Drive, its house owners say.

The Naperville husband-and-spouse crew behind the new bar/restaurant hopes the trendy, industrial look will appeal to clients to a storefront that after housed a Blockbuster Video retailer.

"It is bought to face out," stated co-proprietor Jim Karras, who additionally owns the Bottoms Up Sports activities Bar & Grill at 1807 S. Washington St. "We do not need to mix in with all the opposite buildings round, and this can be a extra up to date feel and appear."

The 1595 N. Aurora Street location being refurbished for Up North Ale House has been vacant for greater than 5 years. Portray the brick and giving it a new model might assist give it a leg up in a strip mall damage by the closure of anchor retailer Dominick's in December 2013, Karras stated.

Up North will serve pizza, charcuterie boards, burgers and the wings they're already recognized for at Bottoms Up when it opens in late fall, presumably November, Karras stated.

Along with seating for greater than 200 individuals inside, an overhead door on the east aspect will open to an out of doors patio with fireplace pits and vegetation, in response to metropolis paperwork.

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico sees Up North as an excellent signal for the Riverbrook Heart, which can be dwelling to Fireplace It Up taco fusion grill, Chicago Sizzling Breads and the just lately opened 2Toots Prepare Whistle Grill, amongst different companies.

"That space was so impacted by the departure of Dominick's, and now we're beginning to get some life in there," Chirico stated. "The house owners are placing some huge cash into this construct-out."

After Dominick's closed, Albertsons Inc. secured the constructing lease so no different meals retailer might transfer in and compete with their Jewel-Osco subsidiary. The previous Dominick's has been vacant ever since.

The new design could also be daring however it didn't win over all the Naperville Metropolis Council final week, which voted 6-three to approve a change within the deliberate unit improvement plan so the brick might be painted.

Council members Patty Gustin, John Krummen and Paul Hinterlong voted "no" on the change.

"I did not care for it. It was a matter of I did not personally prefer it," Krummen stated. "If the entire retail heart was the identical look then I in all probability would have been extra inclined to vote for it."

Gustin voiced related considerations. "The black facade doesn't complement that strip mall advanced," Gustin stated.

Metropolis workers didn't help the request as a result of it would not conform to citywide constructing design pointers and isn't appropriate with the encompassing buildings' designs. Metropolis design pointers name for brick or stone be utilized in its pure, unpainted type.

Nevertheless it's vital for Up North Ale House to distinguish itself from the constructing's earlier tenant, stated Jennifer Nemec, branding design advisor for the restaurant.

A constructing's exterior lets clients know what they will count on inside, she stated, including fashionable look can present a extra distinctive expertise and one which may generate extra enterprise if featured in social media posts.

"With social media websites equivalent to Instagram extra vital to a restaurant's success as ever, it's turning into increasingly vital to fully design a restaurant's bodily area within the hopes of inspiring the patron," in response to paperwork from design advisor firm, Ideation Studio.

"By portray the outside of Up North, it creates a transportive expertise that encourages company to put up images of themselves standing outdoors of the institution."


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Old Blockbuster getting fashionable, industrial remodel for new ale house - Chicago Tribune