One of the readers of the blog posed a question this week asking about a restaurant his family frequented while he was growing up in Schaumburg Township.  This would have been in the 1980s or 1990s and, according to the reader, the restaurant was in the same location as the former La Magdalena which was at 216 W. Golf Road.  This is location of the current Ziegler Maserati dealership at the corner of Golf Road and Valley Lake Drive.

According to the reader, the restaurant served great burgers and steaks and, as a unique feature, showed silent, black and white movies in a back room.

The following restaurants were at this location beginning in the 1980s:

Ponderosa Steakhouse

Real Seafood Company (Opened in 1983)

Ristorante Chianti

Edwardo’s Pizza

La Magdalena

None of these rang a bell with the reader–or fit the bill as far as the menu was concerned.

I also suggested Ground Round as a possibility because their restaurants typically used the black and white movies as a gimmick.  The first Ground Round in Schaumburg was located on the west side of Roselle Road, between Higgins and Golf.  [Thank you to the commenters below for this tidbit.]  The second Ground Round was at 800 E. Golf Road on the northeast corner of Plum Grove and Golf and it closed sometime in late 1989 or early 1990.  The reader did not think these were the restaurant or the location.

Does this ring a bell with any of you readers?  What are we missing? If you have a suggestion, please make a comment or send me a quick email.  Both the reader and I would appreciate it. Thank you!


After reading the many comments below–and some that were sent to my email that duplicate the comments–the reader who posed the question thinks it probably has to be the Ground Round.  He definitely remembers the food and the movies and Ground Round is closest to that description.

Many thanks to those of you who contributed.  It is always nice to be able to appeal to the greater blog brain!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photo of La Magdalena used courtesy of



  1. Tom Rogers Says:

    What he describes does sound like the ground round. However I remember a ground round on Roselle road between Golf and Higgins. I believe later it was the Spring Garden. That is a little closer to where the reader may be thinking

  2. Anthony Martini Says:

    Down the Hatch was on Roselle Rd. Ground Round was on Golf Rd, just west of Roselle Rd. Must be the Ground Round…..Burgers, the silent movies and peanuts were there thing.

  3. Janet Moro Barron Says:

    I worked at Ground Round during summer breaks from college (80-81). It was on Roselle, just north of Higgins. I think there’s a KFC there now. We did do movies in a side room and had pretty decent burgers. If he remembers popcorn and peanuts, then it was TGR.

  4. Kris Says:


  5. Dan Says:

    I actually think this building was originally a Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  6. Amanda Brotko Says:

    Ok I believe edwardos pizza was built here i believe it was a new building for us. I worked there opening it and for years . Don’t remember anything before it

  7. Bruce J Trivellini Says:

    the reader maybe confusing Ground Round with Barnaby’s on Golf Rd. west of Roselle. Both had the same kind of decor. Neef and Barrel was on Algonquin Road…hard to get the two mixed up and I think Beef and Barrel was gone by the ’80’s

  8. Terri Says:

    Isn’t that the location on Bartlett road in front of dollar General?

  9. Terri Says:

    There was one on algonquin by Wendys

  10. Tracy Says:

    Possibly Barnaby’s? Was a little bit more east bit right in that general area on the north side of Golf.

  11. Doug Lim Says:

    The restaurant at 216 E Golf Rd was originally built as a Ponderosa. It had the same architecture as other Ponderosas in the area, including in Rolling Meadows (at the northeast corner of Golf and Algonquin, which more recently has been a Timber Lodge Steak House) and at the Schaumburg/Hanover Park border (at the intersection of Irving Park and Wise, which is currently an Omega family restaurant). I worked at the 216 E Golf Road Ponderosa from 1981 until it closed in late 1982 or early 1983.

    Shortly after the Ponderosa closed, the location becoming a Real Seafood Company restaurant rings a bell. It was definitely an Edwardo’s Pizza after that, and finally La Magdalena. I don’t remember silent black and white movies at La Magdalena (as somebody else pointed out, that was most likely the Ground Round on Roselle). For a while, La Magdalena did have mariachi bands playing on the weekend.

    All of the subsequent restaurants at 216 E Golf were remodels (some, pretty extensive) of the original Ponderosa building.

    Somebody else mentioned Barnaby’s. That existed at the same time as the Ponderosa, and was located on the north side of Golf Road, east of the Ponderosa, on the other side of an intervening used car lot and Schaumburg Dodge. I don’t remember silent black and white movies there, either.

    Somebody else mentioned JoJo’s – that was at the same Golf/Valley Lake intersection, but across the street from the Ponderosa, on the northwest corner. JoJos had the distinctive feature of hemispherical “fish bowl” windows. That location was also later an Olson Rug store (minus the fish bowl windows).

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you, Doug, for having added additional information about the origins of the restaurant. For some odd reason that Ponderosa location is not in either the 1982 or 1983 Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg phone book. The only one listed is the Wise Road location; however, I did find various classified ads in the Daily Herald for the Golf Road address. I have updated the blog posting to reflect the sequence of restaurants at that address.

      Much appreciated!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  12. Erik Says:

    I believe that it was the Roundup Steakhouse!

  13. Dave H. Says:

    The Ground Round was on Roselle, a little north of Higgins, as another poster has written.
    Before it was a Ground Round, a pizza place was there, I believe it was a Shakey’s, they weren’t there very long.
    The Ground Round became the Spring Garden which is now Walgreens. Spring Garden was owned by the same person that owned the restaurant on Spring Mill and Higgins, where the Hoffman Estates police station is now.
    I saw a comment about Jojo’s, which was as a previous writer has described.

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