ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Restaurant has signed an agreement to lease 8,600 square feet of space located in the Village of Rosemont at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The six Murray brothers (Bill, Andy, Brian-Doyle, Ed, Johnny and Joel) and their three sisters (Nancy, Laura and Peggy) grew up in Wilmette, Illinois and all agree that Rosemont is close enough.
“The Village of Rosemont is a fitting location for our next restaurant,” said Andy Murray, Co-founder of the brand.“In addition to the obvious ties to our family’s love of Chicago, it is ideally located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Rosemont attracts 75,000 visitors a day and has become a world-class tourist and business-meeting destination which provides a very strong customer base,” Murray added.
“We are extremely excited to have Murray Bros. Caddyshack be the signature restaurant in our hotel,” said David Friedman, President of F&F Realty, Ltd. and Manager of Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Convention Center. “Bill Murray has done so much to represent Chicago, its pride and the friendliness that Chicagoans are famous for. It’s only fitting that the Chicago area gets its own Caddyshack. We have searched for a long time for the perfect food and beverage outlet that provides our hotel guests and all of Rosemont with a great dining experience,” he added.
And Mayor Brad Stevens couldn’t agree more. Stevens said he met Andy Murray a few years ago when the Murray’s were in search of a location. “I’m thrilled for the entire Murray family and naturally for the Village of Rosemont,” Stevens said.
Scheduled to open by December, Murray Bros. Caddyshack will have more than 6,000 square feet of dining space and seating for 265 people. Peter Zakas of Zspace Design is overseeing the implementation of the Murray Bros. Caddyshack concept. Michael Tenuta of Avison Young is the project manager. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner and will employ approximately 100 people.
“We like to refer to Murray Bros. Caddyshack as a lifestyle concept. We are confident that our Rosemont location will be a ‘can’t-miss’ destination for sports fans – as well as those who are simply looking for a good time and great food,” said Mac Haskell, Andy Murray’s partner, long-time friend and the restaurant’s Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.
“The depth of our management team is astounding,” said Haskell. “We’ve covered all of our bases by assembling a team with extensive experience in food service, operations, entertainment and training to ensure our guests will have the best overall dining experience.
Over the last 16 years, Murray Bros. Caddyshack has fashioned something timeless, a spirit of fun loving family connection that is shared through the generations.
“In planning for Murray Bros. Caddyshack, we wanted to create a restaurant that captures our family’s love for the game and present it in a way that appeals to everyday golfers and families,” said Murray. “Golf is evolving from its exclusionary practices in favor of a more open and fun-loving attitude, which can be seen in everything from today’s hip golf fashion to more eclectic golf fans and unique venues at golf tournaments. I’m glad the rest of the world is catching up.”
The restaurant is a casual dining, full-service, family-friendly experience with spectacular and medium-priced comfort food and beverages of generous portions, served with an upbeat, feel-good and engaging style that appeals to all generations from Baby Boomers to Millennials.
The space plan is open with an oblong shaped bar being a high energy focal point of the restaurant. LCDs featuring all the latest sporting events can be seen from every seat, providing a solution to Rosemont’s missing sports bar experience. It will have a retail area like the St Augustine store, a semi-private dining area for events and even a 350+ square-foot Golf Simulation Experience. Murray Bros. Caddyshack will become a weekly life experience for the surrounding captive audience and residential market.
Murray Bros. Caddyshack – (www.mbcshack.com) opened its flagship restaurant in 2001 at the World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida.