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Peckish Pig Brewpub Quietly Opens on Howard Street

By Benjamin Woodard | March 14, 2014 7:55am
 The Peckish Pig brewpub opened quietly Thursday.
The Peckish Pig brewpub opened quietly Thursday.
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EVANSTON — Peckish Pig brewpub on Howard Street opened Thursday night after months of preparation.

Construction began last year by the owners of Jarvis Square's Towbar, Debbie and Jamie Evans and family, who have transformed a row of empty storefronts at 623 W. Howard St. into the street's newest restaurant and bar.

India Mussell-McKay, the Evanses' daughter and Peckish Pig's bar manager, said a grand opening was planned for March 20.

Until then, the bar will be open for business, including Friday and Saturday until midnight.

Brewmaster Tom Fogarty said in late January he hoped to brew "great beer for good people and bad."

The bar will eventually be outfitted with 12 taps, serving eight beers from other Chicago breweries and four of its own, including a rotation of English brown ale, stout, American IPA and other brews.

The brewpub's own beers are not ready yet but will be coming soon, Mussell-McKay said.

New menus were also posted on the restaurant's website.

They includes dishes such as chorizo in red wine and sage for $8; slow-roasted belly of pork with gravy for $11; house steak with stone ground mustard for $22; rosemary-infused chicken on the bone for $12; smoked salmon with capers and chips and herb vinaigrette for $10; fish on a plank with garlic and herb mash for $14; among many other options, including several vegetarian.

The Peckish Pig crew also hopes that they'll be a part of the rejuvenation of Howard Street.