Undaunted by Pandemic, Jameson’s Original Charhouse Opens in Countryside
Premier steakhouse’s early-December opening provides reasonably priced options, comes alongside a multimillion-dollar Holiday Inn upgrade
COUNTRYSIDE, IL (November 18, 2020) – Located along Historic Route 66, the fully renovated Holiday Inn Countryside is excited to welcome Jameson’s Original Charhouse to their location in early December. But what about the wave of restaurant closures, as well as heightened restrictions for those hanging on amid the coronavirus pandemic? Isn’t this the worst possible time to open a restaurant? “We are managing the present, and planning for the future,” says Kimberley Nosko, the Holiday Inn Countryside general manager who is also overseeing the restaurant addition and launch. “This has been in the works for a few years. The pandemic will pass and when it does, we are ready for Jameson’s to be the premier steakhouse in Countryside. We are confident people throughout the area will embrace and love the new Jameson’s location.”
With the pandemic altering just about every facet of daily life, the hotel and attached restaurant at 6201 Joliet Road are the south suburban solution to the “new normal.” They are ideal for stay-cations, mid-week leisure getaways, and schooling-from-anywhere opportunities. “The weekends are no longer just Saturday and Sunday. We welcome guests seven days a week as the weekends are whenever you want to make it,” Nosko explains.
The hotel is conveniently located near I-55 and I-294, a relatively short drive from dozens of communities throughout the region. “The hotel provides a retreat from the everyday monotony so many are suffering from,” says Nosko. “We offer not only a beautiful, relaxed setting but have strict pandemic-safety measures, adhering to CDC guidelines, that provide peace of mind.”
When Jameson’s opens in early December, the hours of operation (for take-out only) will be 4 to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Initially, Jameson’s will employ over 20 people, and that figure should climb to upwards of 50 or more once full operations, most notably sit-down dining, can begin. In light of the state-mandated suspension of indoor dining, the new Jameson’s has pivoted its business model—for whatever length of time is required—to focus exclusively on take-out orders. Over time, as health officials permit, Jameson’s will transition to a full array of dining options that carry on Jameson’s tradition of fresh food prepared entirely on-site. Those offerings include hand-trimmed steaks, chops, fresh fish, and homemade soups.
From its original location in Mount Prospect, Jameson’s market stature has grown over 30 years to cover seven locations throughout the Chicago suburbs and two in South Carolina. The closest location is Woodridge, and the Countryside site is the southern-most Jameson’s in the Chicago area. Chef Phil Siciliano, Executive Chef of Jameson’s, brings a customer-centric passion honed over 35 years of industry experience. His background includes upscale restaurant ownership, a sought-after catering business, and mentoring the next generation as a college culinary instructor. Jameson’s General Manager Eric Lewchenko brings five years of Jameson’s experience working at various locations throughout the suburbs. “I am very excited to introduce Countryside to the Jameson’s experience,” says Lewchenko. “Aside from the great food and service we have been offering our guests for over 30 years, we are introducing a beverage program for wine and whiskey lovers alike.”
Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott applauds the restaurant’s arrival on the area dining scene, calling it a “bona fide destination. We are thrilled to have Jameson’s in our community. We always want to increase our dining options, and there is a strong demand for higher-end restaurants,” says McDermott. “We want to give our residents more reason to dine locally, while also attracting diners from our surrounding communities.”
Since its inception in 1974, the hotel has been the venue for countless milestones and other memories, including weddings, anniversary celebrations, organizational banquets, and graduation parties. “Many community members share their fond memories that are bound up in this special place,” says Nosko. “We are excited to pay homage to that past, while also helping create a whole new generation of memories in a vibrant, transformed venue.” That transformation has come after the hotel was purchased the 2015 and, two years later, embarked on a series of extensive upgrades. Those improvements reflect a multimillion-dollar investment and include:
- All 180 guestrooms have been completely remodeled from floor to ceiling including new: modern furnishings, bedding, 43-inch flat panels, individual heat and air conditioning units, flooring, and an entirely updated bathroom with glass showers
- The hotel’s meeting and banquet facilities have updated wall coverings and carpeting that offer a revitalized appearance.
- Updating and upgrading more than 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, capable of hosting events ranging from small, intimate gatherings to large social banquets.
- A refurbished Olympic-sized pool and recreation area. Soon to be opened, the pool is one of the largest among Illinois hotels.
The sprawling property also features a unique Atrium Ballroom with dramatic vaulted ceilings, skylights, three charming brick fireplaces, and spacious outdoor patios that are part of a large courtyard.
Jameson’s Original Charhouse is offering a complimentary $25 gift card with every $100 gift card purchase. The special offer is available throughout the holiday season. For more information, call 708-354-4200 or visit the restaurant at 6201 Joliet Road in Countryside. Find Jameson’s online at www.jamesonscs.com.
the restaurant at 6201 Joliet Road in Countryside. Find Jameson’s online at www.jamesonscs.com.