According to a recent article from the Daily Herald, Yard House has been proposed for the redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall at 950 N Milwaukee Ave.
A representative of Yard House was not immediately available for commentary upon What Now Chicago’s request.
While an official opening date has yet to be confirmed, according to the Daily Herald’s article, the proposal from The Darden Restaurant Group will be set to become the southernmost among three designated restaurant outlets in this project.
According to the proposal, Yard House will span approximately 8,600 square feet, providing ample space for patrons to enjoy their dining experience. Additionally, an adjacent 2,200 square feet will be designated as a beer garden, offering an outdoor setting that faces the Main Street area of Hawthorn Row.
Darden Restaurants describes itself as boasting a family of brands that have become synonymous with excellence in full-service dining. From Olive Garden to LongHorn Steakhouse, or the ambiance of Yard House, Darden’s portfolio features some of the most recognizable restaurant names in the industry. With Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, and Bahama Breeze also under its umbrella, Darden could be considered a culinary powerhouse.
Operating a network of over 1,900 restaurants, Darden is equally proud to employ a dedicated team of 190,000 individuals. Together, they set out to craft memorable dining experiences for an astounding 410 million guests annually, spread across countless communities throughout North America, according to Darden’s website.
In 1996, when the first Yard House restaurant opened, they envisioned a concept that was described as setting out to ignite a culinary revolution. Their goal was described as ambitious: to create the largest draft beer system on the planet.
Yet, achieving this feat was no small task. The sheer magnitude of the draft beer system required meticulous planning and execution. The heart of this system resided in a two-story keg room, with miles of beer lines stretching from there to the center island bar. The assembly included individual pumps that circulated a staggering 2,000 gallons of coolant every hour, ensuring beer freshness and perfect chilling. When Yard House proudly declares that “beer is in our roots,” it’s a testament to the depth and dedication that runs through the very veins of this unique concept, according to the company website.