Whether it’s for lunch, dinner or a late night bite, Old Town Pour House has you covered. Since opening in Naperville in 2016, the gastropub has been serving up American food with a twist and plenty of craft beer to accompany it at their Freedom Commons location.
“We are a true marriage between an ideal sports bar and a delightful restaurant,” Angela Zoiss, vice president of marketing for Bottleneck Management, said. “You don’t need to sacrifice when it comes to one or the other; we are the best of both worlds.”
And area diners agree.
Old Town Pour House is a popular spot due to its vast selection of craft beer, great food and equally important, great service, Zoiss said.
We sat down with her to learn more.
What’s on the menu? American classics with a twist is how Zoiss describes the menu. From starters like the buffalo shrimp to burgers and wraps or entrees like pork chops, ribs or salmon, Old Town Pour House has you covered. Diners can choose from over 90 unique craft beer selections that span all the major categories. There is also a kids’ menu, gluten-free menu and weekend brunch menu.
About the owners: Childhood friends and Illinois Wesleyan University grads Jason Akemann and Nate Hilding left their respective careers and opened a tavern in Chicago’s Wrigleyville in the spring of 2001. In 2007 they joined forces with Illinois Wesleyan classmate and friend, Chris Bisaillon, and opened their first full-service restaurant in Wicker Park. They now operate five different restaurant concepts and have 14 locations. Old Town Pour House locations include Naperville, Chicago, Oak Brook and Gaithersburg, Md.
Mission statement: “Genuine people, genuine hospitality” is the philosophy behind Old Town, Zoiss said. “Some of our core values — what we use as our guidepost — is to understand, support, empower and enjoy.”
Decor: Copper accents throughout as well as stainless steel, dark woodwork, white furniture and high ceilings add to Old Town’s upscale atmosphere. Large windows open up to the outdoor patio space that includes a wooden trellis with hanging lights and cozy fireplace. Guests can enjoy any major event on one of the 16 HDTVs, four of which are outdoors.
Food specialties: Appetizers meant to be shared like “the works” features tater tots, pepper jack cheese sauce, smoked pork shoulder, blackened chicken, beer battered shrimp, cornmeal beer battered cheese curds, cannellini beans, pickled jalapeno, pico de gallo, sunny side up eggs, ancho sour cream, avocado and cilantro. Other popular choices include the classic Pour House burger or the 10-ounce bone-in center cut pork chop which includes potato puree, chipotle maple glaze, cinnamon spiced apples and crispy buttermilk onion rings.
Extras: Patio dining (with fireplace) is a welcome respite for lunch, dinner or drinks, and includes four outdoor televisions. There is a private dining room that can accommodate corporate or personal events that can seat about 30 diners. Semi-private dining is also available for larger parties up to 75 people or you can rent the entire place for a large gathering.
Price range: Bar bites and appetizers range from $8-$15; wraps, tacos and burgers from $12-$17; soups and salads from $6-$18; entrees from $16-$24.
Logistics: Old Town Pour House is located at 1703 Freedom Drive in the Freedom Commons plaza in Naperville. They are open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Fridays; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Call 630-448-6020 or go to www.oldtownpourhouse.com.