Bulldog Ale House Coming to Bluestone Commons

The bar will move into space formerly occupied by Bluestone Bar and Grill, most recently by Prime Time Restaurant.

New Lenox Village Board members Monday pushed through a set of liquor licenses for a new bar with its sights set on Bluestone Commons—despite concerns from residents in the area.

Neighbors aren't exactly thrilled about the arrival of Bulldog Ale House, which will mark its territory at 2387 Joliet Highway. They've shared the area with a bar before, and told the board the business was nothing but disruptive.

One resident said she had inebriated strangers pounding on her door at 2 a.m., Sun-Times Media reports. 

Despite neighbors' concerns, trustees signed off on two liquor licenses for the business, one of which was needed to offer a beer garden. Mayor Tim Baldermann said he worked closely with the ale house's management to ensure what he called a “more conducive crowd.”

Closing time was also bumped up an hour earlier, to 1 a.m. Live music and an outside bar are prohibited. 

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Ty Conderoga February 12, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Oh, boy. What will the Bluestone Baybies say. That affected little subdivision will have kittens.
Kimberly February 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Great, yet another "to fail" restaurant in New Lenox. All kidding aside, what is wrong with New Lenox, restaurants just can't make it here, why? I can't believe that New Lenox residents all leave town to go out to eat. The fast food places are thriving, why not the sit down restaurants? Some survive, but not many. Just heard Papa Joe's has closed .... what is going on?
DJ February 13, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Heard that the Papa Joes closing is temporary. Maybe the Patch could do some investigative journalism and report back. It isn't all about thefts at Wally World after all.
Wayne Vinkavich February 13, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Kimberly 1. No downtown area. 2. Wallmart as the core of retail development. 3. A Village Government with zero awareness of economic and zoning moxy. Oh, there will be plenty of sit down places to eat in the future. Rt 30 this side of Frankford will eventually have every low to mid level National chain restaurant imaginable along with every muffler, furniture, mattress, dollar, autoparts, pet, and hardware chain you can name. Want to see New Lenox in 10 years? Get off I-55 at the Hwy 59 exit and drive North till you hit I-88. Want to see it in 20 years, keep driving past I-88. This town had so much potential. Its a shame.
local guy February 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM
The reason resturaunts can't survive at Bluestone is due to all the whining babies in this subdivision. Kind of hard to run a successful place when you have to severely limit your hours and jump thru a bunch of hoops to pacify these pampered idiots.
duckie debbie February 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Your right Wayne...no downtown......Look at Tinley Park. Plenty of places to eat at blocks from each other, the Metra stop is there for those people not wanting to drive. I lived in New Lenox for 2 years and haven't found a good sit down place except for Papa Joe's....anyone has any good sit down places to try?
NL4LIFE February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
To properly answer this question you should analyze each restaurant on a case by case basis. We shouldn't simply caulk this up at a "New Lenox" problem. Restaurants & Bars come and go in all towns. If you don't run a quality establishment then people will stop frequenting your establishment. In the case of Charley Horse & Primetime both had terrible management, food and service. Prime time is also a bad location because it is not visible from Route 30. Blue Stone could be also blamed on the bad location also. They always say..."location, location, location." Not to mention bars come and go in all towns because they have a high fail rate. Floyd's Alehouse is another bar that falls into the terrible service category. Bulldog Alehouse has 2 other locations with terrible customer reviews regarding the poor service. If you keep your customers happy then you will be successful. If not, then expect to close in the near future.
NL Resident February 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Our Economic Developer doesn't even live here. She telecommutes from TEXAS.
Ty Conderoga February 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Bulldog isn't going to be a restaurant, it's going to be an bar with pub grub. People serious about beer will still go to Tribes, so as this new place begins to bleed money, standards will suffer until it folds. Remember when Bluestone first opened? It had bands and a fairly classy clientele. Then is got all seedy. It's very tough to make it in the bar biz out this way anymore due to stringent DUI laws as everybody has to drive. Combine this with overpriced poor-quality food and the predictable ensues. _____________________ What they should do with this very nice building is turn it into a kid-friendly chucky-cheesish place for the Milfs to take their young'uns for B-day parties. Main bar area has great high ceilings for slides and such activity. Food served in S side rooms. My 2¢
Gary P February 13, 2014 at 03:23 PM
people in this town love their Walmart and fast food. I mistakenly bought in this town expecting the upgrades that were originally talked about only to find that every good idea or business was watered down to the point that we end up with crappy fast food, Walmart, overbuilt minimalls , way too many pizza joints and people with no sense of community. Wayne hit it right...we're starting to look like rt 59 corridor, 159th st corridor...absolutely no sense of direction. I wish the ale house good luck. Here's what I can't understand. Why buy a house next to a mini mall and a big box retailer if you want peace and quiet?
NL4LIFE February 13, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Gary P...what upgrades were originally talked about? Also, Route 30 was nothing but fast food for years so when did you move in? There is no such thing as "too many pizza joints".
NL4LIFE February 13, 2014 at 03:33 PM
What did you guys think would go on Route 30? Route 30 was destined for retail and restaurants due to the heavy traffic. Any major street will get the business. Would you rather they build these stores on a residential road instead?
NL4LIFE February 13, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Also...what kind of businesses would you like to come to town? If those businesses that you prefer don't want to come to New Lenox but retail giant Walmart does, do you pass up the tax revenue?
Kimberly February 14, 2014 at 01:55 PM
I think you prompt the perfect question NL4LIFE. Why aren't preferred businesses wanting to come to New Lenox? I don't pretend to have the answers, I have a theory, but put that in one hand and ...... well, you know the rest.
David April 16, 2014 at 03:00 AM
In my opinion every location is going to have different results than lets the Carol Stream location for BullDog Ale House, There are very good points made here as well, There are places coming and going in cities and towns all over the nation, and yeah I definitely agree with the Downtown comment ( I have a feeling that it will be more on the West side of Cedar rd and 30 intersection based on the location of the commons which house the library, village hall, the PD, and whatever else is going over there), I think one reason some of the restaurants have trouble is because they have their prices so high since theres really no close competition. And as for the complaints that the residents of Blue Stone Bay did sure they can make every business that wants to go in there look like the previous if its going to serve alcohol but not every place is going to be like those other places because of the fact that many places don't do live music and are actually decently good with cutting off their patrons now when off the business property unless the patron gets into an accident the business can not be blamed or at fault.
NL Resident April 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Tax revenue? NL4LIFE, the taxes in neighboring Manhattan are comparable and they don't have the retail that New Lenox is so quick to boast about. Glad to see that you are a true Proud American but I don't think anyone is particularly knocking the town itself. I'm hearing dissatisfaction with the powers that be regarding the direction we are apparently headed.
NL4LIFE April 16, 2014 at 09:37 AM
@NL Resident you are wrong sir. The taxes in Manhattan are considerably higher than New Lenox.
NL Resident April 16, 2014 at 01:19 PM
New Lenox: Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $6,549 (2.1%) Manhattan: Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $5,703 (2.5%) New Lenox: http://www.city-data.com/city/New-Lenox-Illinois.html Manhattan: http://www.city-data.com/city/Manhattan-Illinois.html
NL4LIFE April 16, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Your source is wrong.
NL4LIFE April 16, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Keep in mind new Lenox had a 60% rebate. Also many homes in Manhattan are hit with an extra tax I forget the name at this moment. My sister had a town home home worth maybe $150,000 and her tax bill is $7,000. I will get the name of the property tax.
NL4LIFE April 16, 2014 at 02:44 PM
SSA taxes for many subdivisions in manhattan. Basically it pays for infrastructure improvements. Instead making building pay they passed it on to home owners. It's quite pricey also.
NL4LIFE April 16, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I meant to say instead of making builder pay. Generally builders pay for all the roads, sewer, etc. The theory is if the builder had to pay then homes would cost more but with the market crash homes aren't worth jack


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