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Old Chicago restaurant to debut in G.C. in November

6/29/2013

By SCOTT AUST

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

Stone Development Inc. owner Amro Samy has announced that part of the new hotel/water park/restaurant development he's building south of Menards will feature the newly re-branded Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom restaurant.

The Old Chicago location will be about 6,000 square feet and will include its newly updated look and enhanced menu that were introduced with its recent brand refresh. The new development is expected to be operating by November of this year.

Samy said in a press release that Old Chicago is a great fit for Garden City and will be at the forefront of the growing community's economic boom.

"We are very familiar with the Garden City market, having successfully developed many other concepts here, and we are committed to helping fuel the local economy. The Old Chicago brand and concept is completely unique to the area, and we felt its modern, family-friendly ambience is a great fit for Garden City's neighborhood culture. We are excited for this opportunity and want to thank everyone involved who helped the development come to fruition," Samy said.

The new Old Chicago restaurant location is part of a $25 million development that will also include a 22,000-square-foot water park and a 90-room hotel located southeast of the intersection of the U.S. Highway 50 bypass and Schulman Avenue on property previously occupied by The Fun Center and C&D World of Wheels. The development is estimated to bring 126 full-time jobs here.

Among the new menu changes for Old Chicago are new tavern-style thin crust pizza, salads with homemade dressings, shareable appetizers, a line of panini sandwiches and an expanded pasta section.

Old Chicago also will bring its specialty craft beer to the neighborhood. Old Chicago offers a wide variety of craft beers from around the world. With its brand refresh, it unveiled 36 taps of the highest quality beer from local and regional breweries. The restaurant also will host exclusive brewery events and pre-release beers.

"It is exciting that this project and this community captured the attention and excitement of a national brand like Old Chicago. The city commission has been strategic about promoting development that will continue to attract people to live, visit and shop all of what Garden City offers," Mayor Dan Fankhauser said.

The city is working with a developer to build a $25 million retail shopping center across the street from the Old Chicago site. Old Chicago Garden City will be located approximately at 2800 Shulman Ave. For more information, visit www.oldchicago.com.

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