McCOOK – The McCook Athletic & Exposition Center, 4750 Vernon Ave. in McCook, already offers a wide assortment of activities, sports and event opportunities to surrounding towns. So why not add yet another feature?
In late February, The Pub at The MAX, officially opened for business to the public. The family-style sports bar presents itself as a place to grab a beer and bite after dropping a kid at soccer practice, or a place to head on the weekend to catch the game.
“Here, the idea is to just have a good time, good food,” said owner Pete Pashos.
Pashos has worked all over the western suburbs in the restaurant industry, including owning restaurants in Addison, Lombard and St. Charles.
Pashos said with Pub at The MAX, he wanted to create an environment where both sports fans and families could be comfortable and find something on the menu.
“All of our food is high quality, fresh, not frozen,” Pashos said. “The burgers have been very popular.”
In addition to burgers, Pub at The MAX also offers pizzas, a variety of pasta dishes, steaks and a whole lot more. Entrees run from $8 to $21 to work with everyone’s budget, Pashos said.
Pub at The MAX also features 60 beers with 10 on draft, ranging from crafts brews to domestics and imports, Pashos said. It also features video poker, video games and Pashos plans to host summertime poker tournament on weekends this year.
Overall, Pashos said he wants Pub at The MAX to be a community place – and he supports the community in turn, trying to work with other local business owners as much as possible. He envisions local bands playing and friends from nearby jobs coming in for a beer and to catch the ballgame.
“My neighborhood is priority number one,” he said.