Former Pub 222 in downtown St. Charles to become American gastropub

New owners to also take over ownership of The Office in St. Charles

The building that formerly housed Pub 222 in downtown St. Charles will take on a new name and a new life as an American gastropub called Whiskey Bend.

At Tuesday’s St. Charles City Council meeting, aldermen approved a liquor license and a 1 a.m. late night permit for Whiskey Bend, located at 222 W. Main St. The name Whiskey Bend has an historical reference as the intersection of Main and Third streets in downtown St. Charles had been known as Whiskey Bend.

In June 1896, the trolley system that linked St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora and Elgin began to offer service to local citizens. Trollies turned south on Third Street to go to Geneva and conductors let passengers hop off for a quick drink to warm up during winter months.

Colm Headley, who has more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant business and who was previously was involved in running McNally’s Pub and The Beehive Tavern and Grille in downtown St. Charles, is part of the group that will operate Whiskey Bend.

Whiskey Bend is expected to open by early December and will offer shared plate dining and upscale drinks. A 100-seat outdoor patio is part of the plans along with live music.

The menu will feature such fare as crab cakes, chicken wings, fish & chips, fish pie and pot roast along with burgers and sandwiches.

The same group that will operate Whiskey Bend is also taking over ownership of The Office at 201 E. Main St. At Tuesday’s meeting, aldermen also approved a liquor license and 1 a.m. late night permit for the group taking over ownership of The Office.

There are no plans to change its name, although The Office will feature a new menu. Like Whiskey Bend, The Office will become an American gastropub featuring shared plate dining and upscale drinks.

The new menu will feature such items as lobster mac & cheese, buffalo chicken sandwich, prime New York strip steak and Ahi tuna sliders.


Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.