Call it a Cinderella story outta nowhere. An actor now about to become a restaurant owner near Chicago. Bill Murray, decades after taking on the role of the groundskeeper in “Caddyshack,” is looking to build on the influence the movie carries with a “Caddyshack”-themed restaurant.
Murray and his family own the Caddy Shack restaurant chain, with four locations sprinkled in various golfing destinations in the United States. Three locations have been forced to close in Myrtle Beach, Orlando, and Ponte Vedra. The flagship location in St. Augustine, Florida still remains in business after opening doors in 2001. The decision to open a location in Chicago brings Murray (who grew up in Wilmette, Illinois) and his family back closer to their roots. The restaurant is designed as a family restaurant with a distinct golf club environment and atmosphere with a sports bar on the side.
“In planning for Murray Bros. Caddyshack, we wanted to create a restaurant that captures our family’s love for the game and present it in a way that appeals to everyday golfers and families,” Bill’s brother Andy Murray said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “Golf is evolving from its exclusionary practices in favor of a more open and fun-loving attitude, which can be seen in everything from today’s hip golf fashion to more eclectic golf fans and unique venues at golf tournaments. I’m glad the rest of the world is catching up.”
“Caddyshack,” the movie, remains a bit of a cult classic, and it is probably showing its age with the fans of the film that still quote the movie to this day when given the right moment (such as the headline of this post). The original film had a terrific cast, but as time has gone by the film’s main audience has also aged a bit. It may no longer have the same connection with younger comedy fans as it once did, but it should still be a staple of any film buff’s viewing agenda.
The restaurant looks to carry on that tradition of the source material by sticking with the golf theme, and there will be a segment of customers who appreciate the fact this is inspired by the golf comedy classic. But a younger generation may be more likely to respond well to a “Happy Gilmore”-themed restaurant. Then again, millennials are supposedly killing the restaurant chain industry anyway, right? Maybe that’s because they don’t have a golf cult classic to fall back on.
The new location will be located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. It is scheduled to open this December.