Grayslake residents have been eager to learn what's going in to the former Last Chance Saloon, which closed in November, as Patch reported.
The rumors were correct in that the western-themed restaurant on downtown Center Street has been sold to the owners of Emil's Tavern, located a couple doors down.
Ursula Bowes, one of the family members who owns and operates Emil's and now the former Last Chance, told the Lake County News-Sun that the concept for the new restaurant is still up in the air. It could become a steak house or an Italian eatery. Customer suggestions are being considered.
The Last Chance was known for its laid-back character, kitschy Western decor and eccentric memorabilia and pictures, like the John Wayne mural on the porch, had its last gathering with the old gang Monday night.
"My son and I had a great 19 years serving the Grayslake and surrounding communities," Gary Roberts Sr. told Patch. "It was time for me to move on and I think the new owners will put new life back in The Chance. Very sad time for us."
With its distinguished omega-shaped roof line design, the building the Last Chance inhabits is a local historical landmark. According to the Grayslake Historical Society, the structure was originally built in 1902 at 133 Center Street. In 1941, the building became home to the 5&10c Store. Its penny-candy counter is displayed at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum.