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Roundup Sports Bar & Grill brings western feel to Sugar Grove

John Pantea and Ken Arnold two years ago brought a little more country to Sugar Grove with the opening of Roundup Sports Bar & Grill.

Two years later, the restaurant is going strong, having become an integral part of Sugar Grove’s dining scene.

“We chose the western theme because we felt it fit the area,” Pantea said. “The Sugar Grove community is surrounded by people who love the country life, so we wanted to bring that into our restaurant.”

Roundup is known for its food, drinks and entertainment. It hosts trivia night at 7 p.m. every Wednesday (with a chance to win prizes) and open mic night at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, and it has occasionally has a band play on the weekend. For drinkers, the bar has 16 beers on tap, 50 bottled beers and a considerable liquor selection.

And the customers can’t stop talking about the food. One customer raved on Facebook about the granny apple bacon burger, saying, “The burger with sweet potato fries is awesome. The dipping sauce for the sweet potato fries tastes as if angels from heaven deliver it to the kitchen just prior to it arriving at your table!”

Pantea himself raves about Roundup’s chicken wings.

“Our wings are one of the most popular items on our menu,” he said. “These jumbo, high-quality chicken wings are simply the best wings around.”

Customers can see for themselves with Roundup’s $.65 wing special on Thursday nights.

And Roundup’s menu hasn’t changed much since the restaurant opened in Sugar Grove, either.

“Eighty to 90 percent of the original menu is still served today,” Pantea said. “We like to think we offer a high-quality pub menu with options such as Angus steak burgers, fish and chips and barbecue ribs.”

Roundup is also a great place to watch sporting events. With its 13 HD flat screen TVs and a state-of-the-art sound system, it brings in big crowds for Chicago sporting games.

“The big Chicago games, especially a Blackhawks playoff game, take over the atmosphere of the bar during the week, replacing the open mic night or trivia night if they fall on the same day,” Pantea said.

Recent Route 30 construction has been a slight setback for the restaurant, but that hasn’t stopped the regulars from coming in. Roundup has a steady flow of between 50 and 100 customers each day, with Wednesday through Saturday being its most crowded days.

Once Route 30 construction is completed and Roundup’s parking lot is repaved, Pantea said he hopes to build an outdoor beer garden/patio that will expand seating by 60 to 80 people. The outdoor space would allow Roundup to host bags tournaments, outdoor entertainment and even an outdoor volleyball court.

“These are all things we are considering, but it will depend on what our landlord and the city allows us to do,” Pantea said.

To see Roundup’s daily specials and entertainment news, visit

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