Photo: Runway to Galway, an Irish pub and eatery, will open in Sugar Grove in late December. The
property is owned by Stephane Corbiere, a native of France. Courtesy Photo
by Elizabeth Rago
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove residents can expect an Irish pub with an adjoining dining room sometime before the New Year.
Runway to Galway, owned by Stephane Corbiere, will open at 1942 Route 30, across from the Air Classics Historical Aviation Museum. From the front of the house, patrons will be able to casually sip their beer and enjoy classic Irish stew while taking in the view of the museum’s collection of aircraft and vehicles.
“I wasn’t originally looking for a startup company, but Steve Fulton (owner of the building) introduced me to the Sugar Grove property,” Stephane said. “The geographic location is perfect and the community is not only friendly, but family friendly.”
Stephane is originally from France, and his wife, Fiona, who hails from Galway, Ireland, found Sugar Grove to be not only the perfect place to start a business, but a wonderful area to relocate and raise their family of five.
The name of the pub features the region of Galway, which holds a lot of history for Stephane, as he met his wife and started their family among Galway’s festive culture and vibrant music scene. The Sugar Grove pub is meant to be a place where community members can congregate; not be served and rushed out the door, states Stephane.
The Corbiere’s vision for the pub is to be a place where friends and families gather. Combined with great food, drink and a comfortable layout, Runway to Galway is ideally positioned to offer a relaxed atmosphere, hearty food and spirited drink.
“There is plenty of room for business owners in this area, and I am fortunate to be one of the first serving the Sugar Grove community and employees from local businesses like Scot Industries and the Aurora Municipal Airport,” Stephane said.
The pub is still under construction as Stephane works with area contractor Cort Kormos of Vintage Development Ltd. in Elburn.
“This is a very local project where we are working with area plumbers, electricians and carpenters to build Runway to Galway,” Cort said. “As the owner of the property, Steve did not want to start from scratch. The building is 90 percent new except for the existing exterior structure.”
Cort added that Stephane and Runway to Galway are a really good addition to the community.
“Our target date to open is the third week of December,” Stephane said. “As long as the logistics are in order, we are excited to be welcoming patrons very soon.”
Sugar Grove resident James Lancaster is all about supporting local small business, and finds the idea of an Irish pub to be an excellent addition to Route 30.
“My family has always looked to support local establishments first, which boosts the economy. Plus, I enjoy seeing my friends and neighbors when we go out,” he said.