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Brewery Technician Topher SoyChicago helps take down brewing equipment Flatlander's Restaurant Brewery Lincolnshire which is closing its Lincolnshire locatiJan. 22

Brewery Technician Topher Soya of Chicago helps to take down the brewing equipment at Flatlander's Restaurant and Brewery in Lincolnshire which is closing its Lincolnshire location on Jan. 22 with plans to open a new restaurant under a different name in Vernon Hills in early February. The brewery will be separated and moved to Mundelein to become a contract brewery though the new restaurant will carry the Flatlander beer on tap. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 13, 2012 9:16AM

One of Lake County’s earliest microbreweries is leaving Lincolnshire and heading west to Mundelein.

Flatlander’s Restaurant and Brewery, which has operated at 200 Village Green for 16 years in Lincolnshire, is moving its food operation to Vernon Hills and its brewery to Mundelein. One of Lincolnshire’s most prominent eateries, it will close in two weeks.

“They have not announced that they are closing, but they are moving out,” Lincolnshire Community Development Director Steve McNellis said. “They have an auction coming up. They will be open for the next few weeks.”

Flatlander’s will join the Tighthead Brewing Co., a microbrewery located on Archer Avenue near the downtown Metra station, in Mundelein. Tighthead Brewing opened in the former Anatol building last month.

Russ Sher, Flatlander’s owner, said a range of factors forced him to split his operation up, including increased competition, street and building designs, and the desire to sell more beer.

“It’s sad,” Sher said of leaving his business’ first home. “We would have liked to have stayed, but the economics just didn’t match up.”

Flatlander’s will pour its last brews on Jan. 22, concluding an action Sher said he started thinking about six months ago. The full menu remains open until then.

Sher said he will open a new restaurant without the on-site microbrewery, but with a similar menu, in early February in Vernon Hills.

Sher will continue brewing, as well, at a new site in Mundelein; he said his beers will be on tap at his new restaurant, but that the focus will be on wider distribution.

“We’re taking the Flatlander’s brand and selling it as beer only,” he said.

Sher said his new restaurant will have 8,800 square feet, down from the current facility’s 14,000; all the current employees will be welcome to take jobs at the new location.

The beers will become a separate operation called Old Chicago Brewing Co., which will need another three months to get going. The products’ brand will remain Flatlander’s and the recipes will be similar, Sher said.

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