The real topper: Worth pub adding apartments
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org November 13, 2013 9:28AM
John Staunton is expanding The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant in Worth, but it’s not to make more room for patrons.
Rather, he’s adding a second floor that will be used for three two-bedroom apartments. The first walls went up on a sunny October day, and he hopes to be renting out the apartments in a few months.
He plans to take advantage of a Cook County property tax break offered to building owners who have a business on the first floor and residential space on the second floor.
Some may think living above a pub might be a noisy proposition, but the apartments should be quiet because there is a gap between the apartment flooring and the pub’s roof.
“I plan to market it to people in the business,” he said of bar or late-night employees and musicians.
Staunton bought the building in 2009 and opened The Chieftain in May 2010.
“We completely overhauled it,” he said. “Total refurbishment inside.”
The pub, 6906-08 W. 111th St., formerly was called The Pump Room. When Staunton bought that bar, he intentionally kept it closed a bit longer than needed, he said, so potential troublemakers “found another home” or place to drink.
Most of the clientele is from the southwest suburbs and, being an Irish pub, it stands to reason that a lot of Irish-Americans come calling.
“We’re trying to bring some development to the village,” he said, with an eye on the vacant storefronts next door, thinking of possibly expanding the pub to include a party room.
First things first: He is focused on getting the second floor completed and the apartments rented out.