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Comings & Goings: Spotted Fox joins craft beer trend

Spotted Fox Ale House opened Friday 3615 E. MaSt. St. Charles shuttered Bennigan’s across from Charlestowne Mall. The restaurant will

Spotted Fox Ale House opened Friday at 3615 E. Main St., St. Charles, in the shuttered Bennigan’s across from Charlestowne Mall. The restaurant will specialize in craft beer. | Submitted

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Updated: January 5, 2013 3:44PM

There’s a new fox in town, and beer drinkers will delight. Spotted Fox Ale House opened Friday at 3615 E. Main St., St. Charles, in the shuttered Bennigan’s across from Charlestowne Mall.

Spotted Fox brings a concept restaurant to the Fox Valley area that offers 30 craft beers on draft, and has a full menu to satisfy any appetite. General manager Damian McBeth, of St. Charles, said the restaurant is “the beginning of what we hope to be a start of a chain.”

McBeth said that it might be a little risky to focus on craft beer, but the time is right with the trend booming. He is excited to pair specialty beers with topnotch food prepared by a recent graduate of Chicago’s culinary arts school Le Cordon Bleu.

“There’s really nothing like it,” said McBeth, who has been in the restaurant business for 24 years since starting out as a busboy in Wheaton. He described Spotted Fox as casual and family friendly with a menu built around any taste.

For the grand opening weekend, Spotted Fox will offer food and drink specials for lunch and dinner, as well as various contests for customers. The celebration runs Friday through Sunday.

The restaurant is decidedly different from Bennigan’s, and they did a total build-out for Spotted Fox. McBeth said it has an Old English feel.

The huge wraparound bar includes draft beers such as Bear Republic Racers, Goose Island Matilda, Lagunitas Lil Sumpin, Left Hand Milk Stout, New Belgium Ranger, Smuttynose Porter, Stone Ruination, Two Brothers Seasonal and more.

Visit Spotted Fox on Facebook or at

Drive a Chevy

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC opened a new location at 1925 Mercantile Drive next to Menards in Sycamore.

The new location provides an express lube station with no appointment necessary, maintenance and service bays with factory-trained service technicians, and a large inventory of new Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles, as well as pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs.

The new 44,000-square-foot building also houses a spacious customer lounge.

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC is a full-service automotive dealership. Their sales consultants are non-commissioned based, but rather they are paid to help customers find the vehicle that is right for them. Visit

Now open

Red Chopsticks opened Saturday in the old Lone Star Steakhouse at 4309 E. New York St., Aurora. The pan-Asian restaurant is a new concept from Ying Chen and Ted Lu, of renowned and successful Chicagoland restaurants Baisi Thai and Oysy Sushi. Red Chopsticks’ menu focuses on a unique, upscale approach to Northern Chinese (Mandarin) Cuisine, with a pan-Asian flair.

The menu features familiar Chinese favorites such as homemade potstickers, Mongolian beef and sweet and sour chicken, alongside pan-Asian standards like pad thai, Singapore rice noodles, and a variety of seafood and vegetarian dishes. Some menu standouts are coconut shrimp rings, hot braised shrimp and stir-fried eggplant with basil.

A new website will be coming soon at Visit Red Chopsticks on Facebook for announcements and special offers, and follow them on Twitter @myredchopsticks.

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