Showtime Eatery in Barrington,IL - A Complete Makeover!
It's time to give our 1927 storefront a complete makeover. We accomplished this with The Catlow Theater and we'd love to do it again!
My new bride Laura and I are beginning our new journey together by reimagining how food and drink (Including beer and wine!) will be served in conjunction with the historic Catlow Theater.
Under the exterior redesign currently underway, our patrons will see a more contemporary, clean-looking street view that includes new signage on the window and door - and - a new, super-cool-looking awning with lighting designed to complement our Downtown Barrington location.
For the interior, our plan is to move the Catlow concession stand and new bar into the storefront, freeing up additional seating in the historic lobby. The new bar will require all new equipment that will allow us to give our patrons the best possible experience, whether they’re meeting at Showtime only for a drink, or planning a night that includes a movie at the Catlow.
The construction of a new counter / beverage bar area would allow easy customer access between The Catlow and Showtime while enlarging the customer area in the storefront. As you can see in the photos, our 90-year old storefront desperately needs this makeover. We’re planning new flooring, walls, ceiling, lighting fixtures furniture and counters... a complete remodel to give our customers a high-quality Catlow Theater/Showtime Eatery experience, while maintaining the unique appeal of the historic Catlow building.
New Food Choices...
We have been running a ‘soft opening’ to experiment with new and exciting menu options. So far, they have been met with a very positive response. There will be a few changes to help simplify the choices and help get our patrons into the theater as soon as possible. New equipment could help to aid us in this process. That will be a part of our makeover.
Ninety years of foot traffic has finally worn down our storefront. This makeover will bring a new, comfortable, casual, stimulating atmosphere, improving the overall appearance of The Catlow/Showtime Eatery as a prime anchor and draw for the downtown Barrington area. We see this as a benefit to the community as well as to The Catlow/Showtime Eatery.
The more successful our Kickstarter campaign is, the more we will be able to improve the storefront and lobby areas. Our goal is to build on what we accomplished with the transformation of The Catlow Theater and make The Catlow/Showtime Eatery, one of downtown Barrington’s major food and entertainment highlights.
All of our Kickstarter Backers will be listed with the amount given on the Showtime Eatery website unless we are requested not to.
Risks and challenges
Achieving our dream vision for this project relies on the success of this Kickstarter campaign. Falling short would require that we scale down the plan. We see the community that supported our Save the Catlow campaign as our partners. We have had great support from officials of the Village.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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