RAVENSWOOD — Band of Bohemia, a culinary brewhouse concept from a pair of Alinea veterans, immediately became one of the most eagerly awaited additions to the Ravenswood/Lawrence avenue corridors when it was announced in 2013.
The course of new business never did run smooth — an anticipated spring 2014 opening date came and went — but owners Craig Sindelar and Michael Carroll are now on track to bring their vision for a restaurant/brewery to life by summer 2015, they say.
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The business partners shared blueprints on Monday with Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) during a tour of their planned location, located at 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave. in the shadow of the newly opened Mariano's and a stone's throw from Metra's new Ravenswood station.
"Tomorrow, the permits are being submitted," said investor David Brown. "The next time it's warm outside in Chicago, people could be enjoying a beer here."
Formerly a cookie factory and currently used for storage, the cavernous 6,000-square-foot space is set for a major transformation in the coming months.
The 20-foot-high wood plank ceilings and cement floor will remain to "leave a bit of an industrial feel," according to Sindelar. But the wide-open area will gradually be filled in with five brewing tanks, seating for 100 customers, an open kitchen and a coffee bar that will be open in the morning to capture Metra commuters, he said.
One thing patrons won't find — televisions.
"This is not a sports bar," said Sindelar.
Band of Bohemia beers (and sodas) will be available in-house only and the cuisine aims to be the best in the neighborhood, he said.
"This is a big deal for the community. This is the biggest thing on Lawrence," said Pawar, who added that he views Band of Bohemia as a linchpin in his strategy to revitalize retail along the avenue.
"It's a signal to other people to invest," he said.
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