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Blackwood BBQ Replacing Einstein Bros. Bagels Near Belmont 'L' Station

By Ariel Cheung | October 22, 2015 2:30pm
 Blackwood BBQ is expected to open in a couple months at 962 W. Belmont Ave.
Blackwood BBQ is expected to open in a couple months at 962 W. Belmont Ave.
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LAKEVIEW — The strip of Belmont Avenue near the Red Line 'L' station is about to get a little meatier.

Blackwood BBQ is moving into 962 W. Belmont Ave., which has been vacant since Einstein Bros. Bagels vacated the space along with 10 other Chicago locations in February.

Bennett Lawson, chief of staff for Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), confirmed the move on Wednesday. Blackwood BBQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Construction was underway on Wednesday and Thursday, and one builder said work should be finished in December. The rusty red exterior has been repainted white, while the inside of the restaurant has been gutted.

Construction is underway at 962 W. Belmont Ave. where Blackwood BBQ will replace the shuttered Einstein Bros. Bagels. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]

The company has two locations in the West Loop, 28 S. Clinton St. and 307 W. Lake St. It also announced Tuesday that it signed a lease in Illinois Center in the Loop, set to open in spring 2016.

The fast-casual barbecue joint prides itself on using quality, all-natural ingredients in hand-prepared recipes like macaroni and cheese that takes four hours to prepare. Its brisket is smoked for 15 hours with hickory and apple wood.

Breakfast options include brisket and gravy and breakfast hash (both $4.49). For lunch and dinner, customers can choose their meat for a sandwich, salad or platter ($7.49-$9.99) and add one of six regional sauces and side dishes like honey cheddar cornbread or apple coleslaw (both $1.29).

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