The Local Kitchen & Tap among numerous new Schaumburg businesses making progress
The Local Kitchen & Tap is expected to open in the space of the former Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in Schaumburg in late September, the first among a number of business proposals in the village anticipated to make significant progress this fall.
The new "farm-to-table" restaurant at 1140 E. Higgins Road touts its use of local vendors, including bakeries, farmers, brew houses and distilleries, in its dishes and drinks.
The Local's menu will feature smoked and brined bone-in wings, Parmesan artichoke fritters, Hawaiian smoked BBQ pork sliders, a blackened mahi sandwich, lobster roll, apple dump cake, smokehouse benedict, and apple and goat cheese toast, among other items.
Also opening soon is a Cilantro Taco Grill on the former site of Taco Bell at 650 Mall Drive, just west of Streets of Woodfield and south of Woodfield Mall.
A recently approved but long anticipated Tony's Fresh Market is aiming to open during the holidays, possibly by Thanksgiving, in the former Dominick's location that once anchored the Town Square development at the southwest corner of Roselle and Schaumburg roads.
Renovation of the 65,000-square-foot building at 200 S. Roselle Road is under way, Schaumburg Economic Development Director Matt Frank said.
Meanwhile, plans for a British pub-style restaurant named Hop Scotch will go before the village's project review group in two weeks for another site in Town Square across from the northeast corner of the Schaumburg Township District Library.
If the plans are reviewed and approved according to the current schedule, construction of Hop Scotch on the vacant 1.7-acre property at 40 S. Roselle Road could begin in the spring, Frank said.
A project to subdivide the former Fuddruckers restaurant at 436 E. Golf Road still is moving forward, with a McAlister's Deli to be one of the tenants.
But another national chain, Dave's Hot Chicken, now is unlikely to move in next door to McAlister's as it continues to search for a different site in the area, Frank said.
Last fall saw the closing of the Sears store at Woodfield Mall, just months after both celebrated their 50th anniversaries together. The European fashion retailer Primark is putting together a plan to occupy the upper level of that space, and has entered into a lease with Transformco, the company that emerged from Sears Holdings' bankruptcy, Frank said.
Two suggested developments that are neither moving forward nor canceled at present are for a Blue Martini Lounge to occupy the former Ram Restaurant & Brewery at 1901 McConnor Parkway -- Schaumburg's largest free-standing restaurant space -- and an apartment building and parking garage to be built on the north side of the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg across Golf Road from Woodfield Mall.
Making their proposal just before the pandemic and then delayed by it, Blue Martini Lounge investors reaffirmed their interest a year ago and called it a blessing to be postponed before work began.
Blue Martini Lounge is a restaurant and nightclub concept started in Florida more than 20 years ago. Its nine current locations include Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Schaumburg trustees shared their openness to the apartment plan at the Hyatt Regency in the winter of 2021, even though the commercial area surrounding Woodfield Mall never has been zoned for residential development.
More recently, village officials declared the area to the south near Pace's Northwest Transportation Center, where the new Cilantro Taco Grill will be located, to be appropriate for high-density residential buildings at least seven stories tall.