By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink
May 10, 2013
The Ravenswood 'hood, already home to a craft beer bar, Fountainhead, and a brewery, Begyle, could see the arrival of even more beer courtesy of a brewpub called Band of Bohemia.
Led by a team that includes an Alinea sommelier, Craig Sindelar, and a Half Acre brewer, Michael Carroll, the proposed brewpub currently is in its early planning stages.
Construction of the new bar and restaurant would require a zoning change in the area, from M-1 (Limited Industrial District) to C1-2 (Neighborhood Commercial). The office of Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th) said he supports the change.
Because plans haven't been finalized yet, Sindelar said he and his team would prefer not to release too many details on the upcoming project; however, he clearly envisions Band of Bohemia to raise expectations of what brewpub food can be.
"It will be an upscale, contemporary style of brewpub leaning toward the Michelin-star mindset," he said. "We'll be mainly focused on dinner, with service probably six nights a week."
With Sindelar's experience working at three-Michelin-star Alinea and Carroll's expertise in Belgian beer styles, there could be a European twist to the pub. Sindelar said more details will be forthcoming as plan progress.
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