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Murray Bros. Caddyshack signs Chicago-area deal

Actor Bill Murray’s family plans second unit of golf-themed restaurant

Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant has signed an agreement to open its second location in Rosemont, Ill., near O’Hare International Airport. 

The St. Augustine, Fla.-based company, which is owned by six Murray brothers and three sisters who grew up in Wilmette, Ill., said Wednesday it has leased 8,600 square feet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont for its second full-service restaurant. 

The Caddyshack Restaurant is scheduled to open in December, and will seat about 265 people, the company said.

The original Murray Bros. Caddyshack opened in 2001, at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, which is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The Murray brothers, from left: Andy, Ed, Bill, Joel, Brian-Doyle and Johnny

“The Village of Rosemont is a fitting location for our next restaurant,” said Andy Murray, a trained chef and co-founder of the brand with his actor brother Bill Murray and other family members, in a statement.

“In addition to the obvious ties to our family’s love of Chicago, it is ideally located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport,” Murray said, adding that Rosemont attracts 75,000 visitors a day.

The restaurant’s tagline is “Eat, Drink and Be Murray.” The 1980 movie “Caddyshack” starred Bill Murray as Carl Spackler, a country club groundskeeper tormented by a gopher.

“We are extremely excited to have Murray Bros. Caddyshack be the signature restaurant in our hotel,” said David Friedman, president of F&F Realty Ltd., and manager of Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Convention Center. “Bill Murray has done so much to represent Chicago, its pride and the friendliness that Chicagoans are famous for. It’s only fitting that the Chicago area gets its own Caddyshack.”

The Rosemont Murray Bros. Caddyshack will have 6,000 square feet of dining space and serve lunch and dinner daily. The menu includes nachos, flatbreads, salads, ribs, hotdogs, burgers, tacos and desserts. 

“We like to refer to Murray Bros. Caddyshack as a lifestyle concept,” said Mac Haskell, CEO of the restaurant and a business partner of Andy Murray. “We are confident that our Rosemont location will be a ‘can’t-miss’ destination for sports fans.” 

Early design plans include an oblong bar as a focal point, with more televisions for sporting events than in the original location, the company said.

The restaurant will also include a retail area, similar to one in the St Augustine location, as well as semi-private dining and a Golf Simulation Experience that will cover more than 350 square feet.

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