By Cliff Carlson
Square Celt Ale House & Grill, the latest in the line of restaurants brought to Chicago by Vaughan Hospitality Group, and the first restaurant in the chain built outside the city, opened its doors in Orland Park.
Seventh in the line of successful locations, Square Celt is a combination of restaurant, bar, sport, and Irish. The building has undergone extensive remodeling and features nine thousand square feet, plus an outstanding six thousand square foot beer garden. The interior holds a bar room and a grill room each outfitted with newly constructed copper bars and fireplaces, a party room for groups of 40 or so, close to 40 televisions, and two video walls.
“It’s a really nice, warm atmosphere,” says Kevin Vaughan, co-owner.
When shopping for a location outside the city, Vaughan explained that, “Orland Park is an amazing commercial suburb. We’re adjacent to the mall, right across from the Cheesecake Factory… We felt that (the area) was underserved with restaurants, and (particularly) there’s not a lot of places that do a hybrid bar/restaurant/sport all together. The building itself is amazing, and the beer garden is 6,000 square feet, so we just thought it was a no-brainer.”
On top of the reconstruction, Square Celt also boasts Australian chef Anthony Di Fabio, who Vaughan says has “done a masterful job of revisiting our Irish recipes and coming up with our key signature Irish items: fish & chips, Shepard’s Pie, bangers & mash, etc.
Along with the Irish touches, the menu features a Sunday Brunch Buffet, and items smoked in-house, such as brisket, pork chops, and half chicken. The drinks menu includes 30 beers on tap, wine, and a signature cocktail list. “We’re a Chicago-Irish influenced place, but not primarily an Irish restaurant.”
Vaughan Hospitality Group, owned and operated by the Vaughan Family, originally from Ireland, have opened six additional locations. Vaughan’s Pub Northwest Side, Vaughan’s Pub Lakeview, Corcoran’s Grill & Pub, Mystic Celt Bar & Grill, Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, and Monty Gaels Tavern & Grill. The Vaughan’s parent’s opened the original Vaughan’s Pub on Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, in 1987 after moving from Ireland in 1984, and they still consider it to be “the best bar we’ve ever had.” A little corner bar that catered mostly to immigrants from Ireland, it was the inspiration that sent the Vaughan children out to follow in their parents’ footsteps when they opened the second Vaughan’s location, and every one since then.
Square Celt is located at 39 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park, adjacent to the Orland Square Mall. Stop in and say hello!
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By Cliff Carlson