ST. CHARLES – With two sister operations enjoying success in communities to the east, a small group of business partners recently launched Main Street Pub in v St. Charles – all with an eye to building a better burger.
The restaurant and bar’s focus is on almost 20 different burgers each prepared with a half pound of never-frozen Angus beef that’s hand-pattied twice daily and accompanied by a decadent variety of toppings that patrons can customize even further. The beef can be replaced with a 6-ounce grilled chicken breast or a homemade veggie-quinoa patty, said Kevin Hahn, who is one of the partners along with his brother, Brian Hahn.
The new pub occupies the former home of The Beehive tavern and grill and has gone modern industrial in an extensive makeover.
“We re-did [the walls] mostly with barn wood,” said co-owner Chris Dodsworth, general manager of the St. Charles business.
He said they put in place a 23-foot steel beam so they could tear down the wall that had separated the bar from the dining room to create a more open and spacious feel.
“And then we re-sanded the wood floors and re-stained them,” he said. “We completely re-did the bar and have a nice concrete bar top.”
They also switched light fixtures and transformed the patio with string lights and umbrellas for a space that is specifically dog friendly.
The pub has 14 screens to catch sports action, including all the NFL games, according to Dodsworth. And two of the screens serve as beer boards for the extensive array of beers including an emphasis on craft offerings at the bar, which has 20 tap handles.
Kevin Hahn said the general manager at each location is in charge of selecting beers, based on customer demand and seasonal options.
“We’re constantly rotating [beers] from across the country, and we like to support local breweries,” said Dodsworth, who has 20 years of experience in the bar and restaurant industry.
The space has all-new tables, dart boards and a Golden Tee golf arcade game. In addition to a 4:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting for the grand opening Aug. 3, the day will include a Solemn Oath Brewery takeover of five taps and special discount.
The bar also highlights cocktails, wine and a large whiskey, bourbon and scotch list, Dodsworth said, adding that all three locations have built their reputations on the food.
Another partner in the venture is Scott Fisher, a chef who oversees the culinary offerings. The menu includes children’s items, and Dodsworth said Main Street Pub is family friendly.
“Our staff is very knowledgeable about our menu and drink options,” Kevin Hahn said.
The burger toppings range from the Classic to the Drunken Pear with bourbon-poached fruit paired with goat cheese, arugula and balsamic glaze. The menu also features appetizers, salads and monthly specials, like tomato roasted red pepper soup.
Dodsworth said fries are cut fresh in-house.
“[Items] are made from scratch,” he said. “We don’t buy anything frozen. We give big portions – a full plate.”
Side dishes also include truffle Parmesan fries as well as sweet potato fries and cucumber and pasta salads.
“Two of the most popular appetizers are bacon-wrapped dates; people love them,” Dodsworth said. “And the Spicy Tater Tots – wrapped … with a slice of jalapeño and a slice of bacon.”
When it comes to the entree, his personal favorite is the Country Bloomin’ burger with Swiss, cheddar, arugula, crispy onion strings and whiskey steak sauce. He said the best-sellers include the California, topped with cheddar, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and ranch sauce, and the Premier, crowned with Swiss, sweet caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and horseradish cream. Burgers come with a bun choice between regular, pretzel and wheat with oats.
What drew the partners to St. Charles?
“We like the downtown,” Dodsworth said. “We feel it’s a vibrant area and want to be a part of it.”
Main Street Pub, 204 W. Main St., opens at 11 a.m. daily and operates until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, until midnight Sunday through Tuesday and until 1 a.m. Wednesday. For information, call 630-797-5870 or go to mspstcharles.com.