Aeneas Horan, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland, was known for his generous spirit and hearty character during the 20 years he owned Horan’s Snug at 7218 Madison St. Prior to owning the Snug, as it was known, Horan also owned the Elgin Tap (Elgin Avenue and Roosevelt Road) and Pat’s Pub (now Blueberry Hill at 427 Des Plaines Ave.).
Horan retired in 1999 and sold the Snug, which continued to operate under that name for another decade. New ownership took control of the restaurant in 2010 and implemented several menu changes, including cooking fries in duck fat and offering Kobe beef burgers. Fat Duck, as it is now known, has kept the well-known corned beef from Horan’s Snug on the menu.