HINSDALE, Ill. — Though construction has not begun yet on a new restaurant Doug Fuller plans to build in a portion of the family’s hardware store in downtown Hinsdale, the goal is to have the restaurant open by Thanksgiving.
Fuller and his partners are waiting for the village permits necessary to start construction of the new venture, to be named Fuller’s Tap & Grill.
Paula Fuller, Doug’s sister, said they expect the permits to be issued this week. The Fullers own Fuller’s Home & Hardware store and the Dips & Dogs sandwich and ice cream shop, on the corner of Garfield and First streets.
When Doug Fuller presented his project to the Hinsdale Village Board in May, he said he hoped to have the restaurant open for the Bears football season.
Paula Fuller said Tuesday they expect it will be open for the second half of the season and for the holidays.
The two-story restaurant will have a sports theme and occupy the southern half of the home and hardware store, at 35 E. First St.
Doug Fuller told village officials the store was too large to be successful strictly as a retail operation, and Hinsdale residents are looking for an affordable family-style restaurant. The restaurant will have a separate entrance on First, and the hardware store will continue to operate with only an entrance facing Garfield.