American Grill Looks to Take Over Charleyhorse Location

A new restaurant called Van Horne's American Grill will go before the Village Board on Monday seeking a liquor license. The restaurant could fill the location currently occupied by Charleyhorse in New Lenox.

Updated 9 a.m. Jan. 24

The Village Board pulled this item from its agenda Monday because the Charleyhorse owner and the person looking to move into that location have not signed a lease yet.

Previously, Charleyhorse owner Bryan Sord said the new business would seek a liquor license and then negotiate a lease, but a signed lease is required to petition for a liquor license.


The restaurant in New Lenox could close if the owner comes to an agreement with a new business.

At the Monday, Jan. 23 Village Board meeting, trustees will consider approving a liquor licenses for business owner Peter Gelis and his restaurant, Van Horne's American Grill.

Mayor Tim Baldermann said Friday that the American Grill would take over the Charleyhorse location at Route 30 and Marley Road. Baldermann said that if the American Grill is granted its liquor licenses Monday night, the ideal turnaround in Gelis' mind would be quick.

However, Charleyhorse owner Bryan Sord said there isn't a deal in place yet.

"I have nothing in writing," Sord said. "I'm not closing down. (Gelis is) going to find out if he can get a liquor license and then we would talk and negotiate a lease."

Sord hung up the phone before he could be asked to provide more information.

Baldermann said Sord, who also runs a location in Tinley Park, was looking to sell the New Lenox location a few years ago.

The Charleyhorse location is already properly zoned for what the American Grill would be looking to do, and the approval of a liquor license seems reasonable because there were no issues in Gelis' background check, Baldermann said.

Gelis was not immediately available to comment but will be at the Village Board meeting Monday, which is at 7 p.m. in .

AV January 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I have heard that this could happen very fast. I'll be curious to see how their food is and compares to Williamsons (overpriced & not the best) and Prime Time (pretty decent food!). I wish they would do Bonfire instead. Love their food!!
Elizabeth Shobe Wojak February 01, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Food at CH is ok, service is TERRIBLE!! Not alot of great restaurants in New Lenox
KL March 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I'm sorry to tell you AV but Williamsons and Prime Time have the same owner!
AV March 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yes, I know this. The same family also owns Bonfire, which is by far the best one. Each restaurant can be owned by the same people but not have the same food or quality. Trust me. I worked for House of Hughes- New Lenox :)
Judy Niemann-Vander Veen March 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Who ever buys Charlie Horse needs to clean up the pond & the language at the inside restaurant & the outside smoking bar where they also serve food. We like the food.


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