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Mickey Finn's Move a 'No-Brainer,' Owner Says

The restaurant and brewery is set to open in a new Libertyville location in September 2013.

When owner Brian Grano learned that a nearby building was on the market, he jumped at the chance to finally own his own space for his restaurant and brewery.

"I've always wanted to own my own space," said Grano, noting that the existing space for Mickey Finn's — including the parking lot — is rented. "It's a great time to buy, so we got a great deal."

"At the end of the day, it was a no-brainer," said Grano.

Thirteen months from now, customers will get to experience a new Mickey Finn's, which will be located in the building that encompasses 345 and 347 N. Milwaukee Ave. It's just down the street form the current location.

"We couldn't be happier," said Grano. "We're definitely out of space. We can't brew all the beer that we need in this facility."

The new facility, Grano said, will be 20 percent bigger and will feature three times the brewery space. There's also a lot more parking, thanks to the nearby municipal lot.

Grano plans to renovate the building's facade and interior.

"It's not going to be drastically different" than the current look, he said, with an "Irish pub meets industrial" sort of feel. "It will be comfortable. It will be warm."

Whereas the current facility offers live music on the second floor, the new location will be all one level with live music in the bar.

The menu isn't expected to be drastically different either, Grano said, with the restaurant still offering "freshly-prepared, affordable bar food" like burgers, pizza, and fish and chips.

He hopes to be able to do bottling in the new brewery space.

Grano has set September 2013 as the target opening for the new location.

Jan Leasure August 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Congratulations Brian! Best of luck!
Dave Bell August 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Who cares? Like all the restaurants in Libertyville a. overpriced, b. nondescipt pedestrian food, c. magnets for employing illegal aliens.
Brian L. August 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I'm sure a lot do. Are you really going to rag on a guy for being able to grow his business? And then make a blanket statement about Libertyville restaurants hiring illegals without any kind of proof listed? It's ok to hate your government, your town and the people/businesses in it but why try and start arguments by posting this in a story about a guy moving his restaurant? I don't eat there often because I found a place with beer enjoy a little more. I also always found it a little too crowded, especially with my new son. Hopefully this move will help open up the seating area a little bit and make it more navigable. Being a craft beer fan, I am excited to see how they work with this new space.
Jose August 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM
HIRE ILLEGALS THEY WORK FOR NOTHING AND NO BENEFITS. WHEN THEY GET SICK--INJURED ON THE JOB ---HAVE BABIES----MR. BELL YOU PAY THEIR HOSPITAL BILLS. A WIN-WIN FOR BUSINESSES.
Jose August 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
BRIAN, I BEEN TO MORGANS---MICKY FINN. ALL HAVE ILLEGALS WORKING IN THEIR KITCHENS.
Jose August 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM
WHY DOES MY COMMENTS HAVE DELETE NEXT TO IT ??
Brian L. August 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
So...latino equals illegal in every restaurant you go to? Or maybe I missed the point where you asked them all for the paper work to prove their status? Or perhaps you are a clairvoyant. Either way, you don't know. I'm not here to say what their status is or isn't, but this isn't Salem and it isn't 1692. This story isn't about illegals. It's about a man expanding his business.
Brian L. August 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Because they are posted by you and you can choose to delete them if you would like.
Kevin Sullivan August 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
People, people, let's grow up and stop belly aching and offer alternatives.Its good news for those who like Mickey's those of you who don't share some of you favotites wit the rest of us. e.g. "Stories no big deal to me because Mickey's is mediocre and overpriced like all of the Libertyville resturants. For my money i like X Y and Z in VH because there I get a lot of cheap food served by legal Greeks and Italians." While I might not agree with you at least you sound a little more credible.
Mark Bushey August 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Congratulations! Ignore the moron's who have hijacked this thread. Its awesome you get to achieve your dream of actually OWNING your own restaurant.

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