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By the end of March 2022, Elmhurst will have even more to offer. Tom Trenta, local entrepreneur and now restaurateur who plans to open Kindred, an upscale dining experience complete with a 6-foot open hearth fire and elegant plates in downtown Elmhurst, will also open two additional concepts in the space. Joining Kindred at the site that last housed Old Fitz’s Spare Keys will be Ever Onward, a modern bar, and Elmhurst Hall, a music and events venue.
“I’ve been thinking about investing in Elmhurst for a decade and 119 N York is a 20,000 sqft location in the prime spot of town. It provides us plenty of space to create a premier music venue & event hall, plus an upscale restaurant and a fun social bar,” Trenta shared in an email with What Now Chicago, “There’s nothing like it in the area, and the response from our community has been fantastic so far.”
While each concept will exist on the same property, which is currently undergoing construction to remove the 14-lane bowling alley, the three will be individually branded with their own unique atmospheres, menus, and vibes.
“Elmhurst Hall is being designed to be a premier music stage and event space, featuring top acoustics and a giant video wall,” wrote Trenta. “When we have private events or ticketed concerts at Elmhurst Hall, guests will enter from our new back entrance and the Hall will be closed off. On weekday nights when we have live music, the doors will be open for people to stroll between the two spaces.”
Offering an alternative to local sports bars in the area, Ever Onward will be a modern, open take on a bar with a strong cocktail program, fresh-made hard seltzer, and “a parade of delicious bar food.”
Kindred, which is being led by Chef Remi DuBois, will feature dishes like Black Bass, Scallops, and Fire-Grilled Octopus. You’ll be able find elegant takes on Midwest meats like ribeye, venison, duck, and chicken. Trenta shares there will also be a selection of beautiful, vegetable-forward dishes.