Grand Opening Weekend: Rita’s American Roadhouse

Rita’s teams up with Make-A-Wish for Opening Extravaganza

Opening Friday, June 4, 2010, Rita’s American Roadhouse in Downers Grove at Butterfield Road and Highland Avenue will partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to host a Grand Opening Extravaganza not to be forgotten.

Larry Spatz – Managing Partner of Small World Entertainment and founder of Baja Beach Club, and Patti Romanow – owner of restaurant institution Spaghetti Bowl, have collaborated to launch the first location of a new high-energy entertainment and dining concept from the originators of the world famous Baja Beach Club.  Designed as an “adult playground”, admission to Rita’s is limited to guests 21 and over at all times.

Rita’s American Roadhouse Grand Opening Extravaganza will kick-off with a charity event from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM where guests will be treated to free bull rides and complimentary passed appetizers including: Patti’s Famous Pizza, Meatball Sliders, Cheesy Garlic Bread, and Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches.  All beverage sales during this two-hour period will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.  After the initial kick-off, festivities will continue as guests are invited to check out everything Rita’s has to offer like the dueling piano bar trimmed in red velvet curtains, interactive DJs spinning mega dance and party hits, the covered patio garden, and of course, the signature Rita’s Rita, a frozen margarita that is available in Large (16 oz.) and Half Yard (24 oz.).

WHEN: Grand Opening/VIP Party
Friday, June 4; 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

COST: Free Admission All Weekend
21 and over only

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy.  Since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than 9,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across Illinois.  For more information or to find out how you can help call 312.602.WISH or visit

About Rita’s American Roadhouse
From the originators of the world famous Baja Beach Club comes Rita’s American Roadhouse, the first location of a new high-energy entertainment and dining concept.  Featuring a full bar with classic cocktails, the signature Rita’s Rita along with domestic bottled beer, Rita’s American Roadhouse sets the stage for guest participation and activities as they can shout and sing along with dueling piano players in the piano bar trimmed with red velvet curtains, ride Rita’s mechanical bull in the roadhouse or dance all night to mega dance and party hits, spun by interactive DJs who make it a night to remember.  Traditional home cooked food paired with a variety of entertainment makes Rita’s the perfect venue for celebrations and group events.  With private party spaces for corporate and social events, a covered patio garden, full-service catering and late night food options, Rita’s can accommodate between 20 – 700 people.

Rita’s American Roadhouse
1211-A Butterfield Rd
(at Butterfield Rd & Highland Avenue)
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 630.515.1177


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