My husband and I used to meet with friends in the city of Chicago on a pretty regular basis, but recently realized how long it had been since we had traveled downtown. As 'empty-nesters', we have very few family meals at home and could easily be in Chicago a few nights a week. Yet we find ourselves grabbing carry-out or making reservations almost every night at local restaurants. Sometimes not able to come to an agreement, we end up getting dinner from two different restaurants. We have great choices here!
I recently met up with friends on a Tuesday night at Shakou and noticed groups of young professionals crowded around the bar. A few years back, finding a person aged 20 to 30 years old was a rare sight in our area. It was also hard to find any gathering of size on a Tuesday night unless you were attending a Barrington 220 Board meeting.
With the new larger Starbucks in town, I had been concerned that there was possibly too many coffee shops. My regular stops at both Starbucks and Cook Street Coffee have proven that area residents love their coffee! All locations have tables filled with people of all ages most times of the day.
The Village of Barrington has done a great job attracting variety and quality to do business in the area. "If you build it, he will come," from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, is pretty accurate pertaining to customers ready to spend money in the Barrington area.
The Village of Barrington recently announced that the Hough/Main development is now 100% leased. Two more tenants will join the restaurants and retailers at that location. They also shared more new businesses that are set to open this spring and summer.
“Pizza, pretzels, and beer and more all coming to Barrington and
joining our other great businesses. We are thrilled to have more
options to add to the many new food and drink choices that have opened
in recent years, as well as our tried and true choices. Success is
breeding more success and will make for an, even more, fun summer in the
Village,” shared Village of Barrington President Karen Darch.
Gnarly Knots will be located at 115 S. Hough Street. They are opening this spring in Barrington at the former Blue Cherry site. They offer traditional Bavarian-style pretzels made fresh, along with homemade soups every day. Considered Chicagoland's best pretzels, many of their other locations sell out of favorite varieties daily. For more information check out their website here
Moretti's Pizzeria, owned by Barrington Hills restaurateur Mark Hoffman, recently announced that they are purchasing the Wool Street Grill building in addition to the salon next door and will turn the property into a Moretti's pizza restaurant with additional 20 parking spaces. They expect to open at the end of summer. Click here to learn more about Moretti's
College Nannies Sitters Tutors learning center will be located at 109 W. Main St, between Starbucks and Shakou. They provide homework help for elementary and high school students and help students prevent summer learning loss so they are better prepared for the next school year. They also offer ACT and SAT prep, so college-bound students can get the help they need to succeed from the patient, trained tutors. For more information, check out their website here
Remember Charlotte's Pizzeria, owned by Barrington resident Brian McManus Jr., will open soon next to McGonigal's. McManus and his team hope to bring back the memories associated with the long-time Barrington restaurant Charlotte's Pizza, which closed in 1989. The restaurant will feature Charlotte's traditional thin-crust pizza along with other menu items including sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Check out their Facebook Page here
Flesk Brewing will be opening soon at the Ice House Mall. It will feature a large tap room with a bar selling homemade beers brewed and bottled in many styles, including pale ales, cider, and wine options. Their signature home-brewed beers include Ghost Relic, Moped Traveler, Chocolate Factory, Into the Void, Occam’s Razor, Imperial Running Man, Coat of Arms, and Mister Fancy Pants. Click here to check out their website