The owner of Mundelein’s beloved pizzeria Bill’s Pizza & Pub has been awarded a $50,000 village grant to assist with major renovations planned to take place in spring 2022. Mary Ann Rouse, the restaurant’s second generation owner, told Daily Herald the renovations will cost roughly $600,000.
The $50,000 grant awarded to Rouse comes from the Mundelein Economic Development Incentive Program. According to the grant application, which was obtained by What Now Chicago, interior and exterior improvements are expected to be made on the 624 South Lake Street site.
The application provides an itemized description of the proposed renovations, which include masonry on main building; excavation and concrete for patio; plumbing and electrical for new bathroom; carpentry, drywall, tile, and lighting for new bathroom; and carpentry for floor reinforcement around bar area. The patio space, which the application describes as a beer garden, will provide more outdoor seating.
Bill’s Pizza & Pub is a family-owned business that was established in 1957. Rouse is the daughter of founder Bill Kwiatkowski, and her son Joe Rouse is also overseeing the renovation project.
“The restaurant offers dine-in service in a unique, comfortable Northwoods-inspired atmosphere for families in the community to enjoy, as well local kids sports teams, and catering for large family gatherings and events,” notes the business description on the grant application. “It also offers a convenient carryout and prompt delivery service.” Bill’s Pizza & Pub also operates a location in Third Lake.
Rouse plans to have renovations completed by mid-May or early June, according to Daily Herald. Keep an eye on Bill’s social media for updates.