The Whitestown Plan Commission gave tentative approval Monday night to a developer's plan to build a Staybridge Suites hotel and an Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom on 2.3 acres at 6003 Perry Road on the east side of Interstate 65.
The developer of both the hotel and the restaurant is Perry Worth Hotel Group LLC, a division of Indianapolis-based Blue Ridge Hotel Partners. The standalone, 4,900-square-foot restaurant would be built next to the 104-room, six-story Staybridge, an extended-stay brand that is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group.
The restaurant, known for its Chicago-style pizza and craft beers, is part of a 100-restaurant, 24-state chain that started in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976. The Whitestown restaurant would be the fourth in Indiana, where Old Chicago already has units in Evansville, Merrillville and Vincennes.
The restaurant serves wings, calzones, pizza and pasta. Each Old Chicago serves a unique selection of drafts, bottles and cans, including locals brews.
The owners of the restaurant, which will seat 150, told Whitestown officials they plan to run a free shuttle on weekends from the restaurant to nearby neighborhoods so guests don’t need to worrying about driving home after drinking.
The developer plans to break ground on the hotel and restaurant this spring and open the restaurant next February.