About Us

Scratch Restaurants

Scratch started with a humble concept: beer, burgers and good times. Scratch Kitchen & Lounge in Forest Park has been cranking out top-notch food for six years! After the success of SKL, we opened Scratch Catering & Parties right across the street to provide a party room and full-service catering.

Next, we opened Scratch on Lake in Oak Park, which has the same menu as SKL, with a larger space, a more “restaurant” feel and an awesome full bar with specialty cocktails.

Chef Patrick O'Brien Scratch Kitchen

Scratch Owner - Chef Patrick O'Brien

Scratch Owner and Chef Patrick O’Brien, a Forest Park resident, spent his years growing up in the River Forest area. He attended Fenwick High School and has an A.A.S. Degree in Culinary Arts. Patrick has over 25 years of professional food service and management experience.

Chef Patrick personally ensures Scratch Restaurants live up to their core concept: beer, burgers and good times. He aims to perfect this concept at his restaurant locations in Forest Park and Oak Park. When you visit a Scratch Restaurant, there’s a very good chance Chef Patrick will personally greet you to ensure his restaurant is living up to your expectations.


Scratch Kitchen and Lounge Forest Park

Scratch Kitchen & Lounge
7445 W Madison St
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 689-8427

Scratch Kitchen On Lake Oak Park

Scratch on Lake
733 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 434-5643

Scratch Catering and Parties

Scratch Catering & Parties
7444 W Madison St
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 797-3287


Scratch Catering

Scratch loves to get fresh. It’s kind of our thing. Fresh, locally sourced proteins and produce, cooked up and skillfully served to make your piehole happier than ever. Now, your friends, your family, your work buddies, even people you are just required to spend time with can share this mealtime extravaganza – and who will be the hero? You. That’s right, Scratch Kitchen & Lounge now caters. To you. The meals that you dream about, the burgers, the mac, the spuds… all at your next event. We will handle all the details, you just give us the where and when. Everyone will love you. This will be great. Really.

Food from Scratch, Never Frozen

A few things done perfectly, served in a fun environment, with great service