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Sports bar has big plans in Sugar Grove

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 10:45 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – A new sports bar and restaurant, Roundup Sports Bar and Grill, is scheduled to open in March in a location that now houses an Irish pub, Runway to Galway, at 1942 Route 30, Sugar Grove.

Jonathan Pantea said he co-owned another sports bar, Bottom’s Up in Naperville, until he was bought out.

He had been searching for a new place for the past year.

“I like the business and decided to open another place,” Pantea said. “I live in West Chicago. I looked in Geneva and St. Charles, and there’s places available there ... but there’s so many bars and restaurants on that strip, you really need to kill the competition.”

Sugar Grove seemed the perfect location because there is not a lot out there in the way of a sports bar, so his new place would meet a need. Pantea said he was looking forward to an opening sometime between March 1 to March 15.

He also is looking to do some remodeling once the sale closes in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re going to extend and modify the bar. We’re going to add 15 televisions or so for sporting events,” Pantea said. “Maybe we’ll have some pay-per-view events, a football package. It will be a sports bar with a country flair to it.”

The restaurant would have a full menu with a lot of bar type food such as burgers and wrapped sandwiches, he said.

“We are willing to do anything people like. We will feel out the crowd and change it up to suit everybody,” Pantea said. “If everything goes right, we are planning on building a gigantic outdoor patio that we can enclose in inclement weather and host a venue for live music for rock ‘n’ roll, country bands.”

Pantea also hopes to offer a Sunday brunch buffet during football season.

Runway to Galway opened earlier last year, and it remains open as details are worked out.

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