Andy Murray believes tons of travelers going through O’Hare International Airport are still fans of Caddyshack, the 1980 comedy that stars his brother Bill and was co-written by brother Brian-Doyle (along with legendary movie scribes Harold Ramis and Doug Kinney). The flick, and the Murrays’ real-life adventures as golf caddies, provided the inspiration for Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant, their Florida restaurant that opened in 2001. Murray told Eater Chicago last week he intends to open their second restaurant in December in the suburbs.
Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens courted the Murrays to his city. On a recon trip, Andy Murray quickly discovered he had competition for real estate from the legendary restaurateur behind Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
“One of the first people I ran into was Rich Melman,” Murray said. “I thought if he’s out here I better start looking really hard.”
Demolition should start in August inside the 8,000-square-foot space inside Rosemont’s Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5440 N. River Road. The Murrays will soon meet with designers to see how to apply a Chicago touch to make the space unique. The restaurant will feature the Murrays’ signature humor, as perhaps a few gophers and other inside jokes will pop up: “If you get it, then you get it,” Andy Murray said.
Being near O’Hare, Murray expects a steady stream of customers who are traveling in and out for business. While still locked in the suburbs, getting from Rosemont to the city or Wrigley Field via the Blue Line or the Kennedy Expressway isn’t too terrible. Folks might have seen Bill Murray at one or two baseball games last season, and can expect him to appear at his new restaurant too.
“Billy will show up, he’s an investor in the restaurants,” Andy Murray said. “He really cares about how things are run and making sure the service is on top of its game.”
Since opening in Florida, Andy Murray said his staff has been perfecting their food and their service, waiting for a chance to expand. He’s a big believer in consistency so customers will “constantly find good food.” The menu will include burgers, nachos, corn chowder, and more.
While the Murray brothers’ name is on the restaurant, the Murray sisters also play a part. Though Andy Murray is trained chef, he admits to stealing a few recipes from sister Peggy. “Everyone puts in their say,” he said. “We’re an Irish-Catholic family — nobody holds back.”
There’s also no shortage of opinions for the restaurant’s design. Murray added in his family’s signature deadpan manner: “The brothers are throwing in their two cents. Well, it’s more like 50 cents.”
Winter might be a little warmer in Chicago thanks to the Murrays. Keep an eye out for golfers and cannonballs coming, as Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant should open in December.