Eddie Gaedel to get a new look with help from the village

By on October 25, 2013

ELBURN—Eddie Gaedel Pub & Grill in downtown Elburn will soon sport a new look, thanks in part to facade improvement money the Elburn Village Board has agreed to grant to the owners.

The official vote to approve the $10,000 grant application will take place at the Nov. 4 Village Board meeting. However, the board members on Monday expressed support for the upgrade they said will greatly improve the look of the front of the building.

Owners Rob and Myra Ottoson submitted plans to the board for the upgrade, which includes new windows and doors, siding and an awning, leaving only the roof as it currently is. The awning will replace the current sign.

The village’s Facade Improvement Program is money set aside to assist in paying for improvements made to the exterior of commercial establishments within the Old Town Elburn Business District (along Main Street).

The program provides up to a maximum of one-half of the approved contract cost of eligible improvements up to $5,000 and up to 20 percent of the facade reimbursement or $1,000 for the cost of architectural services. Since both the building and the business are owned by Ottoson, he has asked for a total of $5,000 times two, or $10,000.

The budget for the project is $20,750, and an additional $2,100 for architectural drawings and consulting.

“There’s a payback here,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “Thank you for your imagination and your creativity.”

Ottoson said he would like to begin the work as soon as possible, and if the board approves the grant at its Nov. 4 meeting, they will start on the project on Nov. 5. The Ottosons and Annette and Dick Theobald bought the building and the business and opened the restaurant earlier this year.