Fire station themed restaurant planned for the former Fritzl’s on Lake Zurich Route 12


A fire station-themed restaurant is planned for the former Fritzl’s European Restaurant & Pub, a 36-year-old stalwart on Lake Zurich’s Route 12 that closed last fall.

Station 52 would be a follow-up to Station 51 Truck Company Bar & Grill, a firehouse-themed restaurant that opened in June in downtown Antioch.

In a recent Facebook post, owner Kris Schoenberger wrote that he had bought the Fritzl location and was planning a much bigger “twin brother” for the restaurant in Antioch. Plans call for the Lake Zurich site to be four times larger than the restaurant in Antioch.

“It’s going to be a journey to build this place,” he posted.

“But Antioch is just as special,” he added.

Schoenberger also opened BBQ’d Productions in 2014 and followed with a second location in 2017 on Route 12 at Lake Zurich and a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin in late 2020.

Station 51 is a reference to the fire stations depicted in the television shows “Emergency” and “Chicago Fire”, and to honor the 75th anniversary of Schoenberger’s grandfather’s resort town on Highway 51 in Wisconsin.

Station 52 is planned at 377 N. Rand Road and is expected to open in 2024, once major renovations are complete.

“We are all thrilled to welcome another unique and high quality dining destination to Lake Zurich,” said Kyle Kordell, Assistant Village Manager.


The old Fritz’s has been vacant since last year, when owners Rob and Peter Tschurtz announced its closure with the message “SCHNITZEL HAPPENS!” Robert “Bob” Tschurtz and his sons opened Fritzl’s in 1985, naming it after Bob’s father, Fritz, a master meat cutter in Austria.

Station 52 will be located across from Life Time Fitness, where a ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday. Construction is also underway for the Lake Zurich Sanctuary, a mixed-use project that includes 23 townhouses and an upscale Italian steakhouse.

“With the completion of the Life Time project, the ongoing Sanctuary development and now Station 52 announcing plans to invest in our village, we know that Lake Zurich continues to be a desirable place to develop businesses and plan for the future,” Kordell said. .

Korean restaurants Blue Ridge BBQ, Hay Chihuahua Mexican, Vault 232, Popeyes, La Michoacana and a new location for Papagus Gyros also opened last year at Lake Zurich.


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