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The Re-Emergence of the Downtown


Libertyville, Illinois: Discover how two men changed the face and the fortunes of a town. Pat Elmquest and Bill Sugars invested in their local community when no one else would. They dared to dream an impossible dream. The old downtown was virtually abandoned -- over 60% vacancy -- with pawn shops and the like.  Pat had bought a little pub; then with a $2 million loan, the expanded to make a brewery and restaurant... and the old downtown transformation was underway. They were true pioneers ...the visionaries.
Today, Libertyville is an award-winning historic business district.

These two entrepreneurs teach us about financing, about partnering, and about the restaurant business. But most of all, this is a story about two men. Both dropped out of corporate America. Bill and Pat cashed out after thirty years, and then they put it all at risk. Their wives thought they were having a delayed midlife crisis.

But the statistics were with them. They were over 40 years old.

Since we taped this story, Bill and Pat decided it was time to cash out and let the next generation take over.  Mickey Finn's Brewery is now owned by Brian Grano who was good customer, Bill's friend, and a neighbor -- he lives a couple of blocks away. The general manager is John Elmquest, Pat's son.  

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