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Fishermen’s Inn to reopen as event center in 2014

Photo: Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn, closed since 2009, will reopen as an event center in 2014, featuring a silo that will serve as the main entrance. The Fishermen’s Inn building was purchased in October 2012 by Mark and Patricia Southern. Courtesy Photo

Restaurant has already booked 40 weddings prior to its grand reopening

by Natalie Juns
ELBURN—When Elburn’s Fishermen’s Inn closed back in 2009, the community lost a place where people could gather together for reunions, get-togethers, banquets and weddings. Five years later, Fishermen’s Inn is back with a completely updated facility.
Mark and Patricia Southern, the new owners of Fishermen’s Inn, purchased the facility in October 2012 with the intention of renovating it while still preserving its original barn style. The Southerns are accepting reservations for weddings and events, and already have 40 weddings booked for this year.
The Southerns plan to open Fishermen’s Inn to the public on certain holidays, but they aren’t sure of the specific dates just yet.

“We’ve been getting a lot of feedback on our website (fishermensinn.fishermensinnelburn.com),” Mark said. “People are excited that Fishermen’s Inn is reopening, but they think that it won’t be open to the public. We do want to include the community, and our plan is that we will be open on holidays for the public. We are hoping to open on Easter day to the public.”

There will be three banquet rooms in Fishermen’s Inn: The Veranda on the lower level and the Great Room and the Loft Room on the second level. The Great Room will be sided with historic barn siding from the Kane County area. Outlooking the Great Room, they will have a 3,000-square-foot brick patio bar that is expected to open the middle or later part of 2014.

Beyond the patio bar, there are interconnected brick pathways that wind up to the ceremony site behind the restaurant. In preparation of the weddings they will host, the Southerns last fall planted 20,000 tulip bulbs next to the ceremony site and by the pathways.

The Southerns are in the midst of building a silo that will be the main entrance from the parking lot on the west side of the building. The entrance will feature a curved circular ceiling with a sweeping staircase that will drop off visitors at the second level between the restaurant’s Great Room and the Loft Room.

Mark’s sister, Linda Hagen, and Patricia are managing the marketing, promoting and corresponding side of the new Fishermen’s Inn. Those who are interested in booking a wedding there can call (630) 365-9697 for more information.

“The word has spread, and we are looking forward to the grand re-opening,” Hagen said. “We are also thrilled to provide it and give back to the community this way. People will enjoy reliving their memories and creating new ones with their families.”

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.”