A longtime bar and restaurant in downtown McHenry will have a new look next month. Corkscrew Pointe at the northeast corner of Pearl Street and Riverside Drive is rebranding itself as Grinders Ale House, and will have new menu items in August.
The restaurant will offer an array of 6- and 12-inch sandwiches at its 1402 N. Riverside Drive location. Sandwiches will feature Boar’s Head premium meats and cheeses. The bar will showcase 16 craft beer options.
Grinders Ale House will install new signage early next month and hopes to have the new sandwich items on the menu by Aug. 1.
Additionally, the restaurant is renovating its former game room into a spacious dining area with a view of the Fox River.
Owner John Macrito said the time is right for a change. COVID-19 has forced many businesses to rethink how they operate.
“The bar business, as it was, is shutting down,” Macrito said. “If I offer food in a family-friendly atmosphere, I can keep going and keep more people employed. I’ve ordered a 20-foot gazebo for the deck and three large permanent umbrellas for out there as well.”
The restaurant had previously opened a 1,650-square-foot riverfront patio in 2018. The plan is to have outdoor seating available, spaced appropriately. Five part-time kitchen staff have already been hired and Macrito likely will be hiring additional servers soon, he said.
The indoor dining area will feature nine tables because of current restrictions, but the room has capacity for at least twice as many tables during normal times.
Sandwiches will offer 11 meat options ranging from capocollo to smoked Black Forest ham to Italian beef. Customers will be able to order the combination of their choice or select from house specialties such as the Mediterranean or Cubano. Prices will range from $5.95 to $8.95, Macrito said.