MARENGO – A new business will be filling the space Harley D’z once held in Marengo before it surrendered its liquor license because of several violations.
Renovations have started at 100 S. State St., which is expected to open in mid-July as Maggie O’Neill’s Public House, owner and Marengo resident Richard Gall said.
The business will start as a bar, open 11 to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and eventually add a selection of deli sandwiches and have video game machines, Gall said.
Gall said he’s trying to be as authentic as possible in making the place look like an Irish pub, with lots of warm Irish colors and mahogany woodwork. The drink menu will feature premium Irish beers and whiskeys, he said.
“It’s just going to be very warm and fun,” Gall said.
The first-floor bar area is about 1,600 square feet, Gall said, and so far he has about five employees.
Gall said he decided to name the bar after his aunt, Maggie O’Neill, because of her work as the first female police commander in Chicago.
The location’s previous tenant, Harley D’z bar, surrendered its liquor license when it expired April 30, according to city documents.
Reports showed violations at the establishments including illegal drug use and other liquor license violations.
The Marengo City Council approved the liquor license for Maggie O’Neill’s Public House at its June 13 meeting, with a 5-2 vote, Deputy City Clerk Anna Leyrer said.
She said Aldermen Brett Martin and Michael Smith were absent, and Dennis Hammortree and Todd Hall voted ‘no.’