New Aero Ale House to take place of Fifth Alarm Pub in Byron

Published: Jul. 2, 2017 at 9:40 PM CDT
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BYRON, Ill. (WIFR) -- An iconic bar and grill closed its doors today after serving the Byron community for 15 years. Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub celebrated its 15 year anniversary today by hosting a last hurrah event. The pub is closing, but a new owner is working to preserve the building.

"When I walked in today it was like walking into a wake cause it's a lot of good memories here and it's sad to see it go,” said long-time Fifth Alarm customer, Mike Egan.

Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub in Byron is closing its doors after serving customers for 15 years. The current owner says it's bittersweet to let it go, but she is ready to slow down and spend more time with her family.

"I'm happy, I'm really happy for the new family that's going to take over. I think it's going to be great. This town has been good to me. I've lived here for 43 years and you know it's been in honor,” said owner of Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub, Kitty Moring.

Bar owner Matt Pendergrass owns three bars throughout the Stateline and is now the new owner of the building. He plans on turning Fifth Alarm into an Aero Ale House like the one he currently owns in Loves Park.

"I think there's a lot of history in the building. I think it's got some great bones and my vision for that building or for the next business that you know I want to do, it was just the perfect fit,” said bar owner, Matt Pendergrass.

Customers of Fifth Alarm are sad to see it go, but are hopeful for what's to come in the future.

"I will certainly come back to try it out and see what it's like, but they have to come to a pretty high standard to meet this place,” said Egan.

Pendergrass says he wants to put his own mark on the staple building and continue serving the Byron community.

"All I can do is promise them that we will have a you know a top notch atmosphere and a quality product and great service,” said Pendergrass.

Pendergrass also says he is willing to hire employees from Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub to now work at the new Aero Ale House. He says the new Aero Ale House will be open for business this August.