A conceptual rendering of the proposed Exclusive Bar & Grill, a proposed establishment looking to locate on the 400 block of South 5th Avenue in Maywood. | Exclusive Bar & Grill
Thursday, November 3, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 11/4/22
During a meeting on Nov. 1, the Maywood village board approved a measure that directs staff to draft a redevelopment agreement between the village and the owners of Exclusive Lounge Inc.
Married couple Darian Wilbert and Tiffany Sykes Wilbert, Exclusive’s owners, want to build Exclusive Bar & Grill on several parcels of land on the 400 block of South 5th Avenue. One of those parcels is where the long-vacant Jefferson professional building sits.
In addition to serving food and spirits, Exclusive Bar & Grill would also include a hookah space, outdoor and rooftop seating and the capacity for hosting live music, according to information in a Nov. 1 memo drafted by Angela Smith, the village’s director of Community Development, and Michael Kitch, the business attraction and retention coordinator.
The owners, who live in Broadview, are interested in purchasing two village-owned lots at 402 S. 5th Ave. and 408 S. 5th Ave., which would provide parking and outdoor seating, the memo explains.
According to the business summary that the Wilberts submitted to village officials, Exclusive “will represent a trendy, relaxing environment for millennials to gather,” with “an upscale bar menu” featuring a range of dishes — from kabobs to gourmet tacos — by an executive chef who lives in Bellwood.
If all goes according to their plans, the Wilberts would open the first hookah bar in Maywood and the only one in the Proviso Township area. The owners stated that there are no hookah bars within five miles of Maywood, with the closest being in Berwyn.
The owners said the estimated total project development cost for the concept is $675,000. The owners said the business plans to operate seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and anticipates creating between 10 and 20 new jobs. The owners would seek a Class 7(a) property tax incentive and a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) business improvement grant.
Smith said that staffers will draft a redevelopment agreement, complete a final sale package for the village-owned lots, among other measures, and return to the board for a final presentation in the coming weeks and months.