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Downtown St. Charles bar will reopen as a restaurant

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 10:54 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:34 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A downtown St. Charles bar is expected to turn into a family-oriented restaurant this spring, its prospective owners said.

Business partners Christopher Muscia of Lake Villa and Phil Richardson of Chicago said they are in talks to purchase the Thirsty Fox Pub, 104 E. Main St., from owners Samantha and Edward Stone. The men plan to turn the pub into a restaurant and possibly use the word “saloon” somewhere in its new name.

Muscia said the restaurant will have a sports atmosphere and a pit BBQ menu. He expects to have food purchases account for half of the restaurant’s total sales, with liquor sales making up the other half.

“I want to make sure it’s a place where I’ll bring my kids,” Muscia said on Monday after leaving the St. Charles Government Operations Committee’s regular meeting.

Muscia was on hand during the committee’s meeting as it voted 7-2 to recommend the proposed business receive a Class B liquor license. Ward 4 aldermen Jim Martin and Jo Krieger continued their longstanding practice of voting no on liquor license requests.

Before she voted in favor of the recommendation, Ward 5 Alderman Maureen Lewis asked Muscia as to why he planned to pursue permission to have 2 a.m. alcohol sales later this year if the business is indeed supposed to be a family restaurant.

Muscia replied that St. Charles holds several special events throughout the year and that he wants the flexibility to stay open late as needed.

He also hopes to attract crowds leaving shows from the Arcada Theatre across the street.

Muscia will be an operating partner of the business and will have local managers on-site. The business will continue to operate as the Thirsty Fox for about six more weeks, then briefly close before it reopens under a new name by end of April, Musica said.

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