Gracie’s Chicago Style Grille moves to larger digs

Christina Smith
Inside Gracie's Chicago Style Grille at its Cherry Tree Shopping Center location in Washington.

Washington residents who enjoy sports bars and Chicago-style food will soon be able to enjoy both at the same time.

Gregory Wilson, owner of Gracie’s Chicago Style Grille, said he is moving the restaurant into a new location at 1021 N. Cummings Lane.

Besides adding more space, Wilson said the move will allow him to add a sports bar, nine televisions, an expanded menu and extended hours.

Instead of the 1,000 square feet at Cherry Tree Shopping Center, the new location will be 4,800 square feet.

Wilson said he will also have a banquet room with a 75-person capacity available to rent.

“I am thinking about renting the room out during the pay-per-view Ultimate Fighting Championship fights, which includes food, drinks and the room, all for one price,” Wilson said.

Although he is not sure about whether or not he will close the current location, Wilson said he has some time to decide.

“We have one or two months after the move until our lease runs out. At that time, we can decide whether or not we want to renew the lease,” Wilson said.

“I would like to be open March 3, but we will for sure be open by March 9.”

 Customers might also notice a name change at the new location.

Wilson said the new restaurant will be called Gracie’s Sports Grille and Pizza.

“Our new dinner menu, from 5 to 11 p.m., will include ribs, steaks, salmon, fried grouper, other seasonal fish and deep dish Chicago-style pizza,” Wilson said.

All of the pizza is rolled by hand with Wilson’s own recipe and homemade sauce.

Last year, the restaurant’s ribs placed first in the annual Taste of Peoria.

A new addition to the menu is pig wings, which Wilson said are served with sauce, the same as chicken wings.

“Pig wings is a section of the rib bone, which is deep-fried.”

Prime rib will also be a Saturday night special at the restaurant.

“I think Washington needs a place where residents can get a nice steak and potato without going into Peoria,” Wilson said.

Gracie’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Wilson said a grand-opening celebration, with prizes, giveaways, beer and corned beef will be March 17, with a live remote from ESPN radio personalities Doc and Kotter from 4 to 7 p.m.

With the larger building and expanded menu, Wilson said he is still hiring servers.

“I will have about 35 employees total, compared to the four or five I have now, which will bring more jobs into Washington,” Wilson, who lives in town, said.

 “A year-and-a-half ago, we started working on the plan for a larger location. I can’t wait until we get the new place open,” Wilson said.