“Things have just kind of changed,” Michelle Borin says. Her son is now focusing more on the aerospace industry, she says.
“I don’t want to run it by myself and take 100 percent responsibility between this place and the Beach House.”
Ray has been running Emerson Biggin’s and Rock Island Live in Old Town. She’s worked at Emerson Biggin’s for more than a decade.
“It was just a natural progression of things,” Ray says of starting her own business.
The new bar will be called the Circle Social Club after the traffic circle in front of the business, which is at 579 W. Douglas.
“I have always been interested in that property,” Ray says. “I live in Delano, so it’s a perfect fit.”
She plans to remodel.
“It’s just going to be a lot of cosmetic changes.”
Ray plans to change not just the look but the feel of the business.
“It would be great to have a concept in there that really fits the neighborhood. Something that caters to the eclectic tastes of people who live in Delano,” she says. “We’re thinking something laid back. Very, very quality food, good service … a very nice beer selection.”