restaurant gutted by flames

Lake Zurich Fire Department photo

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Fire reduced the former Hackney’s restaurant in Lake Zurich to a rubble overnight Sunday. Lake Zurich firefighters responded to the restaurant at 880 N. Old Rand Road about 1:40 a.m. Sunday and battled the massive blaze for nearly two hours before bringing it under control. Firefighters from more than 20 area departments assisted, and some remained at the restaurant site past 7:30 a.m. extinguishing hot spots. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Hackney’s closed in March 2017 after 48 years in business when its owner retired and put the restaurant building and 11-acre site for sale. Earlier this year, after months of debate and objections from residents living near the property, Lake Zurich’s village board approved a proposal to build a two-story Life Time Fitness health club on the site.