Austin's Fuel Room Owner Inks Deal with Fairgrounds for New Music Venue

Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville and the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake are teaming up to establish the area's largest music and entertainment venue.

Mark Khayat, the owner of Austin's Saloon and Eatery in Libertyville, and the mastermind behind Austin's Fuel Room, has inked a deal with the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake to bring more concerts and entertainment to the area.

"Here some big news for ya! Austin's Fuel Room and Lake County Fairgrounds have partnered up to create the largest indoor/outdoor, multi-entertainment facility in Lake County! AUSTINS FUEL ARENA! Stay tuned....," posted Khayat on Facebook.

Khayat's company, Fuel, Inc., has a five-year contract with the fairgrounds to host musical acts on the grounds, to be marketed as Austin's Fuel Arena, reports the Daily Herald.

Austin's Fuel Room, which has hosted popular acts such as Brett Michaels, Bobby Brown, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mud and Ice Cube, opened in 2008 as an addition to the restaurant.

Khayat told the Daily Herald he hopes to utilize the fairgrounds' outdoor areas and indoor exhibit hall for a variety of acts, not just rock.

Thrilling partnership

"We are absolutely thrilled. It will be great exposure for us," said Sheri Vyfvinkel, fairgrounds general manager.

Vyfvinkel said it was Khayat who approached them about the partnership, which gives Austin's exclusive entertainment rights to the fairgrounds.

Depending on what acts are scheduled to come through the area, she said, events could begin even before the summer.

"Mark has wonderful connections," said Vyfvinkel, adding the fairgrounds venue will expand upon what Khayat and Austin's Fuel Room are already great at—enticing top quality entertainment to the area.

Austin’s Fuel Room Puts Libertyville on Musical Map

sibuna January 31, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Hahahahahah!! Don't forget about the thrilling Brett Michaels with his thorn.
country music lover January 31, 2013 at 03:34 PM
you do realize that the fairgrounds have moved to the boonies? looking forward to seeing some great country acts at home instead of having to drive into the city, to Milwaukee or some other county fairgrounds north of the border.
FYI Guy January 31, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Time for another update as to what's going on with the property at the OLD fairgrounds.
Larry Greenberg January 31, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Austin's remains a decent place to get a $150 8ball in the restroom or a hummer in your car for the cost of 2 drinks.
Suzanne Moos June 29, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Larry-completely inappropriate and untrue. GL resident, Sandra and Cranky-Have you ever visited Ravinia in Highland Park? The music venue not only is one of the best, most beautiful places in northern Illinois but it also brings huge revenue to the surrounding businesses. You should appreciate what MK is investing in on behalf of your city. And if you have ever spent any amount of time at any of his establishments you would know, he doesn't do things half way. I'm sure this will be no different. All the bases will be covered and done to the 11's. So stop being so negative. HP residents love our venue maybe one day GL residents (including the 3 of you) will love yours.


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