CRYSTAL LAKE – A well-known Crystal Lake restaurant is getting a fresh look while still offering customers farm-to-table food items.
1776 Restaurant, 397 W. Virginia St., Crystal Lake, started renovations May 15 and plans to reopen in early June.
Owner Rhienna McClain Trevino said the entire restaurant is being remodeled, including a new roof, gutters, windows, trim, front door, dining tables, kitchen and bar. Trevino said renovations are expected to cost $300,000.
“We want to show people we’re invested,” Trevino said. “It’s important for people to understand that we’re doing this because we believe in this place, and we love our community.”
With these more modern renovations, Trevino said she’s hoping the restaurant will look more appealing to younger generations.
“We’re doing a lot of rebranding to update the space while offering great food and service still to make it more appealing,” Trevino said.
The restaurant originally opened in 1990. Trevino, who lives in Crystal Lake, bought the restaurant in November from longtime owners Andy and Terrie Andresky.
Trevino said she was a frequent diner at the restaurant before buying it.
“Terrie and Andy have built an amazing legacy in this place,” Trevino said. “People come here for the great food and great service. I just wanted to make sure that matches the atmosphere better. So we’re making it a little prettier while really preserving that history.”
The restaurant offers locally sourced food and caters to people with food allergies, since the restaurant boasts gluten-free dishes.
“I was coming here before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, but after, it was one of the few places I could go to since they had gluten-free items,” Trevino said.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the ingestion of gluten to lead to damage in the small intestine.
The restaurant’s total capacity will be about 100 people, including the dining room and bar area. The new bar will have twice as much seating as before, and it will include new wine lockers that are temperature controlled. As for staff, Trevino said it has retained most of the same staff during the transition, which includes about 22 employees.
After the restaurant opens, Trevino said she is planning to have a garage sale during the summer to sell some of the old decor and mementos.