the gang behind blackbird, avec, the violet hour and the publican (pictured, bob briskey photo) are at it again (insert 'bated breath' here) and this time they're using the depression-era honky tonk bars of bakersfield, cali as their muse for big star in the former pontiac café space. translation: tasty tacos, hard-to-find whiskies and tequilas, taco-friendly beers, alt-country music and (sigh of relief) wallet-friendly prices. opens november 9th. 1531 north damen avenue. near north milwaukee. no phone yet.
Thank you to Juli b. chicago for the news and article!
Photo is from Publican; obviously.