EDGEWATER — At The Growling Rabbit, boozy brunch is now served.
More than two years after first announcing the beloved restaurant was looking to expand from its original Sheridan Road corner storefront in Rogers Park, the Rabbit, now in a larger building in Edgewater, has come full circle with the addition of its freshly acquired liquor license.
Owner Laura Soncrant said she got the green light Friday from the city and state to swap her temporary BYOB policy for permission to serve at the 5938-40 N. Broadway eatery, which has grown to include a dinner and cocktail menu.
"It feels like a really good accomplishment," Soncrant said. "It's surreal. I'm glad that it's finally happening."
The first official drink served was one of its signature cocktails: the Foggy Mary Jane.
Named after Soncrant's grandmother, the drink is a take on the London Fog tea-based latté that combines Earl Grey tea with gin, elderflower liqueur, egg white and a lemon twist.
"When that was the first drink ordered, I was like, 'Of course, this is perfect,'" Soncrant said, remembering her grandma.
Its new menu also puts a Rabbit spin on some of the classics, like the Hurricane-inspired Attack of the Ware Rabbit, which blends vodka, Midori, orange, pineapple and grenadine.
Between classic, loaded and "salad in a glass" styles, the Bloody Marys are nearly a meal all on their own.
Not for the vegan or faint of heart, the loaded version packs in meat sticks and cheese curds into a glass of homemade tomato juice and vodka, while the more herbivore-friendly salad option rounds out the tomato base with a medley of other veggies, like celery, olives, pickled carrots and more. Those pair nicely with a chorizo omlette, Soncrant said.
In addition to cocktails, customers can choose from four different red wines and four different whites and a selection of more than a dozen beers, ranging from national go-to's like Miller Lite to local options, like Pipeworks, Begyle, Temperance, Moody Tongue and more.
Among that beer selection is another obvious choice: 5 Rabbit, which will also be featured at the restaurant's "Hoppy Hour" for $5 between 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Patrons can also grab a Miller Lite for $4 and get appetizers for half price.
The Growling Rabbit's regular hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.