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Salerno’s Pizzeria & Eatery and Whiskey Hill Brewing Co. are getting ready to move to Prospect Place at the southwest corner of Route 83 and Prospect Avenue.
The restaurants will move into a mixed-use development that will be five stories with 80 apartments above 10,000 square feet of commercial space, according to the Daily Herald. Both restaurants will take up about 6,400 square feet on the western side of the development and will share a common kitchen. While the two restaurants will share a kitchen, Salerno’s will have 16 to 20 seats, and the brewery will have 120 seats and an outdoor patio. Both restaurants are expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2023.
“Whiskey Hill would have a fully operational brewery on site, which is something that has been a priority of the village for many years to get into the downtown,” Mount Prospect Community Development Director Bill Cooney tells the Daily Herald.
Co-owners Robert Salerno and Matt Weil opened Whiskey Hill Brewing Company in Westmont four years ago before eventually expanding to Woodridge. Salerno’s Pizzeria & Eatery, on the other hand, can be found in Aurora, Mt. Prospect, McHenry, Western Springs, and Hodgkins. The two have opened several other restaurants under R. Salerno Restaurant Group, which has launched concepts such as R. Urban Wine Bar & Cafe, Salerno’s Nautical Playpen, Evviva! Bar & Eatery, and more.
The Mount Pleasant village board recently approved the redevelopment agreement, ensuring the two restaurants have a place in the redevelopment. The village board is deciding on whether or not they will assist with costs with $300,000 from the downtown Prospect and Main TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District. Once both restaurants are operational, they are expected to generate approximately $100,000 in annual sales taxes and food and beverage taxes.