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New Ale House Opening Plans Proceed With Liquor Commission's OK

Wheaton City Council will vote on a liquor license for Warren's Ale House after liquor commissioners approved a recommendation for the new bar and restaurant in Town Square.

The liquor license for in the fall, will be up for approval at the Aug. 6 City Council meeting after the city's liquor commissioners voted in favor of the license on July 19.

The full-service restaurant and pub will open in the 7,000-square-foot, former Red Robin space at 51 Town Square in Wheaton. Town Square Spokesman Stacy Jones said the restaurant's tentative opening date is in October.

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A family-owned business, the Warren's Ale House owners currently operate Ellyn's Tap and Grill in Glen Ellyn, Warren's manager and co-owner, Gerardo Hernandez told liquor commissioners at a July 19 meeting.

Open for over three years, Hernandez said, Ellyn's has never had any liquor violations.

He said Warren's Ale House will be similar to Ellyn's, with a full bar and menu including burgers, sandwiches and entrees, Hernandez said.

He added that Ellyn's is a family-friendly place that often reaches maximum capacity during the dinner rush. He said he plans to have the same concept at Warren's.

According to a city memo, Warren's owners plan to revamp the space to include a reconfigured lounge area at the 154-seat restaurant. The building will not change significantly, Hernandez said. Wheaton Director of Economic Development Jim Kozik said the bar space will be relocated from the left of the entrance to the center of the restaurant.

City Council will vote on the license at at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 6 at , 303 W. Wesley St., Wheaton.

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