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Lockport native, former MLB All Star opens sports grill

Ron Coomer, city officials attended ribbon cutting for Coom’s Corner Thursday

Restaurant owners and patrons came out to support Coom’s Corner’s grand opening Thursday.
Restaurant owners and patrons came out to support Coom’s Corner’s grand opening Thursday.

Lockport officials and the restaurant's co-owners attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for Coom’s Corner Sports Grill.

Lockport Township High School graduate Ron Coomer, former MLB All Star and current Chicago Cubs radio analyst on WSCR-AM 670, is part-owner of the new restaurant in the former Iron Horse Saloon, located at 1225 E. Ninth St. in Lockport, according to a news release from the City of Lockport.

The Lockport Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, as supporters cheered and congratulated the owners of the new sports grill.

Coomer said he hopes the restaurant gives back to the community, providing a place for LTHS players and coaches to hang out and celebrate after games, according to the release.

The restaurant features both Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox memorabilia, as homage to the north and south sides. Jerseys from other MLB teams that Coomer played for during his career are also displayed on Coom's Corner's walls.

Coomer played in MLB for nine years, according to the restaurant's website. He also played for the Yankees, Dodgers and Twins. Coomer spent five seasons with the Twins and made the All-Star team in 1999.

Coomer’s former Lockport teammate Bob Mondrella, his brother Jim Mondrella and Will County Coroner Pat O’Neil are co-owners. The menu features burgers, pizza and short ribs, among other items. The bar area is separate from restaurant seating.

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