St. Charles doesn't have an iTap, but perhaps the Tap Restaurant + Brewery (3803 Elm Street, St. Charles) can fill the craft-beer void. We first reported on the restaurant in December, and co-owner Jerry Berhorst tells us barring a health inspection, the Tap'll be open for St. Patrick's Day.
"We're trying to race to the finish line. We're a week or less away," Berhorst tells us. There have been some changes to the menu -- now all of it will be made from scratch, instead of about half. The Tap's executive and sous chefs were hired from Quintessential in St. Charles.
"There's a lot of unique stuff, like toasted raviolis handcrafted daily by our chefs. They're three inches instead of little one-inchers," he says. "They're just done differently." There are eighteen (mostly local) beers on draft and 150 craft beer bottles available, plus, of course, the table taps.
"We're ready to open 'er up," Berhorst says. "Just waiting on the health inspector."
A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the Tap hired Quintessential's executive and sous chefs -- the executive and sous chefs at the Tap were hired from Quintessential. We regret the error.