Wild Onion Tied House, the new brew pub headed for Oak Park’s Pleasant District, could be open for business by the beginning of summer.
Wild Onion co-owner Mike Kainz appeared before the Oak Park village board earlier this month and was granted a liquor license for the restaurant/pub that he said is expected to open by mid to late May.
Kainz said the business will ferment just enough beer at the site to qualify for a state brew pub license, which allows them to sell growlers on the premises.
Kainz said last year that the brew pub will accommodate seating for 132 patrons inside and an outdoor patio on South Boulevard for 60.
He told trustees that he and his brother, co-owner John Kainz, look forward to joining the Oak Park community with their popular Lake Barrington-based brew pub concept.
Kainz noted the historic building Wild Onion is renovating was built in 1910 as a 700-seat vaudeville theater known as The Playhouse. The building more recently has been used as office space.
Kainz said last year that the retractable roof, which once served as the theater’s heating and cooling system, is being restored with a skylight.
Wild Onion Tied House will have 18-plus beers on tap, Kainz said, and serve an eclectic pub fare, including smoked meats and vegetarian dishes.