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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Introducing Footman Hospitality

Chicago isn't lacking in the restaurant group department, what with juggernauts such as Boka, One Off Hospitality, and Heisler spreading throughout the city faster than the Gwyneth Paltrow disease in Contagion. But the cool thing about this city is how supportive the industry is and how the success of one bolsters opportunities for others, opening new doors for new groups, new restaurants, and new bars. The latest in Chicago's ever-burgeoning dining and drinking group gamut is Footman Hospitality, an organization that sounds like an opulent version of the ninja thieves in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but with much greater promise.


Footman Hospitality
(Footman Hospitality)


The trifecta behind Footman is Chris Haisma, Jason Freiman, and Nick Podesta. The former was Director of Operations for Boka Restaurant Group (whodathunk!), while the latter two hail from Wicker Park's Bangers & Lace and The Anthem. The company name derives inspiration not from cartoon ninja thieves, but 19th century servants, the true workhorses of noble households. The ardent commitment to hard work and diligent service is what drove the Footman moniker, and although Haisma, Freiman, and Podesta aren't servants (don't ask them to do your laundry), they capture that essence of service. 


Their first outing as a new trio is, fittingly, an expansion of the Bangers & Lace brand. Esteemed as Wicker Park's utmost destination for craft beers and sausages, B&L is poised to put down new roots in Evanston in the fall. The format and motif at the 4,200 square foot space is similar to the woodsy, cabin-y vibe of the original, outfitted with 32 beer taps and rotating beer kegs. 


In the future, look for more Bangers & Lace expansions as Footman Hospitality continues to establish a foothold. 


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Wicker Park

Footman Hospitality, one of Chicago's burgeoning bar and restaurant groups, is the force behind this Belgian-English bar and restaurant. Craft beer is king at this Wicker Park haunt, with an...

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