Fisherman’s Inn sold to Big Rock Twp. couple

Restaurant slated to reopen under former name
by Chris Paulus
ELBURN—Fisherman’s Inn restaurant closed its doors in December 2009 and has since sat vacant, leaving behind only memories of the food and banquets that used to take place there.

Local residents may not have to fill the void with those memories much longer.

Fisherman’s Inn, located at 43W901 Main Street Road in Elburn, was recently purchased by Mark and Patricia Southern of Big Rock Township. According to Patricia, the Southerns will reopen the restaurant with its former name intact, and it will operate with many of the same features that attracted patrons to the restaurant in the first place.

The Southerns purchased the restaurant through a trust put in place by Patricia’s great-uncle Ralph Schleifer, the former owner of Fisherman’s Inn. The purchase of the restaurant was finalized in mid-October.

“I think it’s a very exciting thing. We’re all anxious to go and enjoy the restaurant and the banquets as we always have,” Patricia said.

There is still a good amount of building renovation to complete, however. Patricia mentioned that when they first ac-quired the building, it looked pretty rough. As a result, Mark’s business has been helping to renovate and clear
things out.

“We’re updating the inside, but we want to keep a lot of what Uncle Ralph loved in there,” she said. “We’re putting in a lot of prairies on the outside,” said Patricia.

The Southerns are also repairing the roof of the building and taking care of the eight ponds located on the 17-acre property.

Patricia said she and her husband hope to have Fisherman’s Inn open either in late summer or early fall of 2013. Once they get closer to finishing up the renovation, they will issue a press release to announce the date of the grand re-opening.

“I kind of grew up at Fisherman’s Inn, and people have told me that they can’t wait for it to re-open,” Patricia said. “They’re really excited, and just to have it open for the community has been huge, too.”