JL’s Pizza and Sports Bar opened earlier this year at the former Pop’s Bar and Grill location, at 19 N. Bothwell Street with an entirely new menu and updated interior. And, it’s not just pizza.


JL’s Pizza and Sports Bar opened its doors in March of 2015, in the former location of Pop’s Bar and Grill. The new business boasts a brand new menu, along with an updated interior and is the location for sports fans, including football and baseball. The restaurant is an official Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears bar, which has a presence on the teams’ websites.

General Manager and owner Dave Gagner has been in the restaurant industry for more than a dozen years. He started his career out at Jimmy’s Charhouse in Elgin, and was general manager for Pop’s in Roselle before opening JL’s Pizza and Sports Bar this past spring.

“We’re excited to have opened our doors recently in downtown Palatine just south of the railroad tracks on Bothwell Street, and are looking forward to getting to new our neighbors,” Gagner said.

The atmosphere is family-friendly, and the menu includes a wide range of offerings, including pizza, calzones and panzerotti, sandwiches, soups and salads, specialty pastas, wraps, entrees, appetizers and burgers.

“Our focus really is on our food, and so far, the reception from our patrons has been great,” Gagner said. “A couple of standouts are the ribs and Grecian Tilapia, in addition to all of our menu items, everything is prepared fresh.”

Carry out and delivery is available for Palatine, Inverness and Rolling Meadows and there is a new private party space for up to 45 people.  A DJ will also play on select weekend nights.

JL’s Pizza and Sports Bar is opened for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and has a range of specials available. For more information, visit their website at http://www.jlspizzasportsbar.com/  

JL’s Pizza and Pub is a member of the Downtown Palatine Business Association (DPBA), an organization whose goal is to promote commerce and activity for the member businesses located in downtown Palatine. Visit www.DowntownPalatine.org to learn more.

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