Bulldog Ale House coming to New Lenox
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent February 11, 2014 7:36PM
Mary Pesavento told the New Lenox Village Board that she opposed another bar in the Blue Stone Commons Shopping Center at Illinois Highway and U.S. 30 because she once had a stranger pound on her home's door at 2 a.m. | Erin Gallagher~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 12, 2014 6:32AM
Mary Pesavento said she’s not happy the Bulldog Ale House is opening across the street from her neighborhood.
She told the New Lenox Village Board Monday that the last time a restaurant/bar was in the Bluestone Commons Shopping Center, a drunk patron pounded on her home’s door at 2 a.m.
“It took 13 minutes for police to respond,” Pesavento said, directing her attention to Police Chief Bob Sterba. “I had to call twice.”
Pesavento was one of a few residents of Bluestone Bay Townhomes who told the board they oppose a liquor establishment at that location, 2387 Joliet Highway, near U.S. 30. Jan Clark, the secretary of the homeowners association, said it would detract from the residents’ quality of life.
Despite the opposition, trustees approved two liquor licenses for the business, one of which was needed to offer a beer garden.
Mayor Tim Baldermann said the board had lengthy discussions with the business’ management to create what he called a “more conducive crowd.”
The liquor license calls for a 1 a.m. closing time instead of 2 a.m., the mayor said, and Bulldog Ale House won’t be allowed to have live music or an outside bar.
“We are trying to restrict it (for the residents),” the mayor said. “It’s a fine balance wanting (the Bulldog Ale House) to be successful.”
Trustee Nancy Dye said she confirmed with Sterba before her vote that police received only one complaint while the previous establishment, the Prime Time sports bar, was open.
It was during the transition from the original owner, the Bluestone Bar & Grill, to Prime Time that residents had “legitimate bona fide complaints,” Baldermann said.
Paul Marrin, operations director for Bulldog Ale House, which has other locations in the Chicago area, called it a family-friendly place. If at any point neighbors have a complaint, they should contact him directly, he said.