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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 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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