THE BEEF ‘N’ BARREL RESTAURANT

One of the interesting things about writing these entries is taking note of the topics people are searching for when they stumble across the blog.  A number of the searches have been for the Beef ‘N’ Barrel Restaurant that was located at 2400 N. Hammond Drive in Schaumburg.  Not having been in the area long enough to know about this restaurant, I thought it might be interesting to do a little research.  Here’s what I found…

The Beef ‘N’ Barrel was a small, local chain with other, earlier locations in Elk Grove Village and Lombard.  The Schaumburg location was its third location and was located just off of Algonquin Road.  According to a page from the 1969 edition of Realty and Building, a mortgage was obtained that same year to build the restaurant.  Classified ads in various issues of the Daily Herald began asking for help the following year in 1970.  The restaurant was owned by Sam Bosnus and managed by George Platoplious early on. John H. Lundgren was a later manager who served until August 1972 when he died of a sudden heart attack.

Known for its free peanuts and, later, popcorn, that were available at each table, the business had a rustic, somewhat Western atmosphere.  Families were welcome but as the evening progressed, entertainment such as 1950s-style sockhops and local contemporary folk-rock group performances became part of the fun.  In fact, the restaurant also (unsuccessfully) sought permission from the Schaumburg Board of Trustees to operate a backgammon room in 1975.  If you’re old enough to remember, backgammon was making a bit of a comeback and the Beef ‘N’ Barrel was hoping to jump into the foray.

One of their biggest nights for entertainment was New Year’s Eve.  In 1973 an ad in the Daily Herald had an advertised special of $38.75 per couple.  That included “Choice Sirloin or Filet Mignon with unlimited salad and dessert.”  There was no drink limit and live entertainment, including games, was provided.

The Beef ‘N’ Barrel lasted until 1975 or 1976.  Ads for the restaurant stopped in 1975.   By November 1976 an independent restaurant named Hedon Place was advertising for help in the Daily Herald in the same locationIt was run by David Wolfgram and lasted until 1980 when a new, local chain established their flagship bar/restaurant in the same location.  It enjoyed many years of success.  Anyone care to take a guess as to what the name of this business was?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

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10 Responses to “THE BEEF ‘N’ BARREL RESTAURANT”

  1. Keith Says:

    Alumni Club ?

  2. Larry Rowan Says:

    The Snuggery!

  3. Dave Leeds Says:

    Don’t forget, after the Beef and Barrel closed, it was called The Hedon place for a few years.

  4. Robin Says:

    The Snuggery!

  5. BARB MARX Says:

    I WAS A WAITRESS AND LATER BARTENDER AT THE SCHAUMBURG LOCATION. THERE WAS AN ENTERTAINMENT BAR UPSTAIRS IN THE LOFT. MOST NIGHTS, AN ENGLISH PROFESSOR FROM HARPER COLLEGE PLAYED AND SANG. HIS NAME WAS SEAN RYAN. I RECALL HE PLAYED EARLY SONGS BY THE CANADIAN MUSICIAN, . I WAS IMPRESSED AS I HAD JUST MOVED FROM CANADA. NICK BARZELIS WAS THE GREEK MANAGER WHO STARTED THE BACKGAMMON CRAZE. ANOTHER MANAGER WAS RED HEADED RUTH. SHE LATER BECAME A MANAGER AT ALEXANDERS RESTAURANT ON ALGONQUIN ROAD. SHE FIRED ME AT ALEXANDERS AS BARTENDER BECAUSE I PUT A DRINK IN THE WRONG GLASS. I STILL HAVE MY BEEF N BARREL COWGIRL OUTFIT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. WOULD LOVE TO CONTACT ANYONE WHO WORKED THERE. I STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH KATHY SKARLAT AND HER BROTHER, STEVE. I AM BACK IN CANADA, BUT ON FACEBOOK. REMEMBER THE SIGNATURE BELTBUSTER AND JUNIOR BELTBUSTER.

    • jrozek Says:

      Barb,

      This is really good, detailed information about the Beef and Barrel–and it could only be added by someone who was personally involved with the restaurant! If there is a way for you to take a photo of the Beef and Barrel Cowgirl outfit and email it to me, I’d love to add it to the blog posting. That sounds truly priceless!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library
      jrozek@stdl.org

  6. BARB MARX Says:

    sean ryan played Gordon Lightfoot’s music.

  7. LizH Says:

    My family used to frequent Beef and Barrel. If I remember, the menu was very limited — tacos, burger, and a couple of other things, but even with the limited options, it was a great place. We kids used to love being able to throw the peanut shells on the floor, something we would never dare do at home! 🙂 I miss those days.

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