It didn’t take long for a new establishment to gobble up the site of the former CharleyHorse sports pub at 171st Street and LaGrange Road in Tinley Park’s Park Hill Towne Center.
Niall Freyne, owner of Tribes Alehouse in Mokena, is in the process of converting the former sports pub into a second location for his restaurant and craft beer pub.
Tribes of Tinley will have its grand opening at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, and the pub will have a soft opening of sorts next week when it will open for a few hours a couple of days during the week.
Freyne, who opened Tribes Alehouse at 11220 Lincoln Highway in Mokena in November 2009, said he gutted the interior and started from scratch.
"I went against the rules and made the space inside smaller," he said. "But we are doubling the size of the bar and will have seating for 135."
"We'll start with 50 beers on tap and I hope to add a few as we go along."
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he had been working with Freyne for the past three or four months to open a Tribes Alehouse in that village.
Over the winter, Freyne hinted at his intentions in a message to followers on Twitter that said a Tinley Tribes would be nice.
Zabrocki is quite pleased to see Tribes moving into Tinley Park.
“He has an excellent reputation,” Zabrocki said. “It’s a great location.”
Zabrocki said the opening of Tribes would be great for the area near 171st and LaGrange.
“You’ll have Frankie’s Ristorante, a white tablecloth Italian restaurant, and Tribes. What more could you ask for?”
Freyne, of Mokena, opened Tribes just a few months after he closed Galway Tribes in Frankfort. Freyne said the economy and a dramatically increased tax assessment helped kill Galway Tribes, which has since reopened as Tommy Nevin’s Pub.
Tribes Alehouse in Mokena features craft beers with 45 on tap most days, a full bar and an American-style Brasserie menu. The Tinley location will have the same menu.
Tribes is still looking for line cooks and servers for the Tinley location. For information, visit the Tinley or Mokena locations or check out their website.
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