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Bill Murray & Brothers Planning ‘Caddyshack’-Themed Bar in Chicago Suburbs

Rosemont officials say they’ve got a verbal agreement

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Bill Murray, seen here at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, wants to open a bar and grill in the suburbs.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Cannonball, coming! In more shack-tastic news today, everyone’s favorite Cubs fan—comedian Bill Murray—wants to open a restaurant with his brothers in suburban Rosemont that’s inspired by his 1980 golf-themed movie, Caddyshack. They’ve reached a verbal agreement to lease an 11,000-square-foot space at 5440 N. River Road inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel near O’Hare International Airport, reported The Daily Herald. It would be the second Murray Brothers Caddyshack sports bar and grill, as the first one opened 15 years ago at a golf resort in St. Augustine, Fla.

The restaurant’s tagline is “eat, drink, be Murray.” Those are huge shoes to fill, as the beloved actor has starred in movies from Ghostbusters to Lost In Translation to even cameos in Zombieland and Space Jam. If the menu mimics the Florida location, expect pub grub like pulled pork sliders, chicken tenders and wraps. They even serve a Chicago-style hot dog and offer several Midwestern items including Sheboygan brats. Perhaps they’ll import a Florida favorite or two to balance out the scales like a dolphin sandwich. Relax, that’s just what Floridians call mahi-mahi.

The restaurant’s interiors are golf themed with plenty of TVs. The staff also offers plenty of flair as they’re dressed like caddies. The concept should fit in well in the suburbs with other chains, but with a celebrity boost. Hopefully it does better than country music star Toby Keith’s ill-fated Rosemont restaurant.

There’s no opening timeline yet as the Murrays still need to submit blueprints to city officials for approval. If nostalgia like Saved By The Bell can make it, it’s not hard to see Caddyshack having a successful run. Check back for more in the coming months.