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Nautical-Themed Charley Noble Sandwich Shop Setting Sail In Portage Park

By Alex Nitkin | June 19, 2017 5:49am
 Charley Noble will be the fourth business opened by Joe and Melissa Basilone in the 6000 block of West Irving Park Road since 2011.
Charley Noble will be the fourth business opened by Joe and Melissa Basilone in the 6000 block of West Irving Park Road since 2011.
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PORTAGE PARK — Three businesses aren't enough for Joe and Melissa Basilone.

Six years after the couple's first splash into the Irving Austin Business District, they're adding an on-the-go gourmet sandwich shop to their stable of storefronts in the 6000 block of West Irving Park Road, they announced. They scored their final permit Thursday for Charley Noble, 6011 W. Irving Park Road, with eyes on a grand opening by the end of June, they said.

Joe Basilone described the 14-seat restaurant as a "modern sandwich shop with elements of a classic delicatessen," featuring vegan options and artisan ingredients to distinguish it from most takeout shops. The chefs will source their bread, veggies and cold cuts from nearby farms "whenever possible," he said.

"It's going to be a nice healthy place to eat — but we'll also have a world-class reuben, and some other stuff that isn't so healthy," he said. "It won't be as cheap as Subway, but it's going to be real food, super fresh, and we're going to get creative with it."

Carrying backgrounds in food service, the Basilones opened Thrift & Thrive, 6025 W. Irving Park Road, in 2011. They followed up in 2014 with Perkolator Cafe, 6032 W. Irving Park Road, and later attached Sputnik Books and Records next door.

In February they leased the former home of a taqueria across the street from the Patio Theater, and they've since stripped and renovated it to give it a "nautical" theme aligned with its new name, Joe Basilone said.

"Charley Noble was a ship captain back in the 1800s who realized that he had a copper stovepipe, and he ordered his crew to polish the copper until it shined," he said. "We're going for kind of an old ship hull theme, with some rich woods to make it look almost like a galley."

The owners furnished their kitchen with a stove donated by BRGRBelly owners Steve and Nicole O'Brien, and they adorned the walls with seascape paintings. They also tapped tattoo artist Nick Colella to design their logo.

"It definitely wont be like anything else in Portage Park right now," Basilone said.

Tattoo artist Nick Colella designed the logo for Charley Noble. [Joe Basilone]