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Bar and Restaurant to Open on the Border

New business moves into old Sara's building, just over Channahon village limits.

Are you ever looking to just stop and get a drink or two after work? Or perhaps grab a bunch a friends and go dance to the latest hits? Have a drink on the patio and enjoy the summer weather?

Well, look no further than Liquid Therapy.

“We want our establishment to be a fun place,” said owner Tony Daniels. “It’s our goal to have our customers have a good time.”

Daniels hopes to have the bar open by the beginning of June. 

“There are no bars in the area (east of Interstate 55 on Eames Street/Route 6) with a decent-size dance floor,” Daniels said. “We made it a point to have a big dance floor and an expansive sound system.”

He and business partner John Maracek have spent about $100,000 fixing up the place.

According to Daniels, Liquid Therapy, at 3501 Channahon Rd., is targeting three demographics of people to frequent the bar. 

“The after-work crowd will have a nice place to stop to have a drink or two,” Daniels said. “Later in the evening, the younger crowd will arrive, not only to drink, but to utilize the dance floor.”

On weekends, Daniels would like to see the business bring in the bikers on motorcycles. When the weather is warm, there is a huge paver patio area to accommodate many guests.

By being not far from the Hollywood Casino in Joliet, Daniels said he hopes to serve those customers as well.

Daniels said he would like to see the restaurant part of the business up and running by July. It will be a steak and seafood eating establishment, as well as a place to get a hearty breakfast. 

The name of the restaurant has been chosen, Daniels said, but will be released closer to opening for business. 

Previously Sara’s Slammers and Sara’s Place were housed in the building for several years. Daniels worked as a bartender there. The business went into foreclosure. Shortly thereafter, Daniels and Maracek decided to tackle the bar/restaurant business.

Daniels says Liquid Therapy and the new restaurant will be employ a completely new staff.

“I’m really excited about opening,” Daniels said.

Jason Daniels, Tony’s brother, and future manager of Liquid Therapy, is also excited.

“I believe it will turn into a gold mine,” Jason Daniels said. “It’s been a long journey but it’s definitely close. Tony has a good financial mind. Between him and John, it will do excellent.”

Marilyn Donovan May 23, 2011 at 03:50 PM
It will be nice to see an up and running establishment there. When coming to visit my daughter, the boarded up windows do not make one feel at ease. I hope this new endeavor works well for the new owners. It will be a welcome addition to this area. Marilyn
Jacki McHale May 23, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Sounds like a great idea! I like the idea of a HUGE dance floor, not enough bars understand that people like to get out and dance! Can't wait!
Vincent Torrez May 24, 2011 at 06:23 PM
It's a shame that Sarahs went out of business. The bar area is actually the original restaurant. Sarahs was there for as far back as I can remember probably about 20-25 years. Then they expanded the restaurant to the new building and had many small businesses in the original resturant over the years. Then finally a bar. Glad to know that someone will be utilizing the fantastic building and making new memories.
Carl May 27, 2011 at 01:50 AM
I am so excited to see Liquid Therapy come to town and locate around the corner for some great fun and good times! This will be great!
Vanessa Holloway May 27, 2011 at 02:09 AM
I'm looking forward to it too.
Vanessa Holloway June 01, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Opens today at 2 p.m.!
Erin Daul-Castle March 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM
So u took over Sarah's??? Actually quite shocked!! Wish u nothing but the best, I haven't been in there since Sarah owned it, if ur gonna buy a bar/resturant that would be the place! Wish u the best in ur new venture, Hope ur kids n family, and fun, outspoken brother of yours (Jason), n Tasha are doing well. Congratulations!!! I never took u as a bar owner, but I know ur intelligent n will do very well. Best Wishes, Erin (from Mendota)!

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