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Sports bar planned for Cross County Mall in Mattoon

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Scotty's Brewhouse

A branch of Scotty's Brewhouse like this one at 2001 South Neil St. in Champaign is planned to locate in the Cross County Mall in Mattoon in the fall.

MATTOON -- Scotty's Brewhouse plans to open a location this fall in the Cross County Mall, property owner Rural King Realty announced Thursday.

Rural King reported in a press release that Scotty's is an Indiana-based craft beer sports bar that is known for its unique burgers, fried pickle chips, and $4 craft beer pints. The new restaurant at the mall will be the second Scotty's in Illinois, where there is also a location at 2001 S. Neil St. in Champaign.

The press release reported that layout plans are still being finalized, but the new restaurant will likely be located in a newly redeveloped area of the mall near the east entrance.

"We look forward to being a part of Rural King's efforts to revitalize the Cross County Mall," Scotty's Brewhouse Brand President Chris Martin said in the press release.

Scotty's new restaurant is set to open at 11 a.m. to serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, according to the press release. This location will have seating for more than 200 customers in its dining room and bar combined. The restaurant will have 40 televisions showing national and local sporting events, plus a full-service bar with 32 draft lines featuring local craft beers.

"We are proud to offer $4 craft beers every day of the week," Scotty's Food and Beverage Director Mark Sontag said in the press release. "We work very hard to carry new and unique beers created by local breweries, as well as traditional favorites that guests can enjoy as they watch the games."

The food menu includes burgers, appetizers, and entrees. Scotty's reported that guest favorites like dill chips, wings, and the award winning Shewman Special Burger featuring peanut butter. bacon and jalapenos are menu mainstays. Lunch items, gluten sensitive dishes, and vegetarian options are also available.

Scotty's offer a loyalty rewards program via a smartphone app. The app also features mobile pay, carryout ordering and location information.

"We're looking forward to bringing many positive experiences to Mattoon, as a neighborhood restaurant, and through initiatives and local partnerships within the community," Martin said.

According to the press release, Scotty’s plans to open its Mattoon location this fall. The new restaurant will reportedly offer more than 100 part time and full time jobs. Employment Applications can now be submitted at

Scotty’s has 17 locations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Texas. The original Scotty’s opened in Muncie, Ind. in 1996. The press release reported that due North Holdings, along with ZGrowth Partners, acquired Scotty’s in late 2017 and they plan to grow the brand to 100 locations in the next five years.

The Melvin and Speer families founded Rural King in 1960 with the goal of helping customers with their farm and home needs. Since then, the Mattoon-based company has grown to have more than 110 stores in 13 states. Rural King acquired the Cross County Mall in November 2017, and the company reports that it hopes to revitalize the mall as a community destination.


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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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