A special hat tip to Sloopin contributor, Dick McFiddle for the write up for the Scout:
My visit to The Scout left me in a state of intrigue and excitement. I met with the managing partner Chris Bravos and his excellent managers and staff last week to discuss the upcoming opening.
Chris, a self-described fan of music, food and drink envisioned with his business partners a multipurpose venue for the former Jerry Kleiner-operated Opera space at Wabash and 13th street. Chicago born and raised, turned current sloop resident aims to provide a place for the Sloop’s residents to enjoy a menu of comfort eats for the foodie and average slooper alike. Highlights include a bacon-wrapped meatloaf and several slow-cooked meat selections. Vegetarians will enjoy the elaborate salads offered.
The Scout’s rustic and cozy décor is derived from reclaimed wood (walnut, pine, and oak), brick, stone, copper and polished brass, a design crafted by the ownership team which included Jeff Wolff, of Wolff-Hager
Contracting and Development. Of note, an old lake Michigan pier’s wood was used to build the wall behind the back bar.
With 3 private party areas, 2 bars and 34 televisions, The Scout sets its sights on accommodating a wide-breadth of customers with multiple interests. The front of the restaurant/pub will host a sit down; people-watching scene while the back will have a DJ late night playing a wide-spectrum of music, selected specifically for the mood of the crowd at hand. Did I mention all Blackhawks, Bulls, and Bears games will have the volume on?
Upscale tavern and sports bar. Amazing service. Late night sing-alongs. Fair prices. A menu meant to excite all with thoughts of nostalgic, comfort food (um..a 14” grilled cheese with a tomato soup dip???? Yes, please), craft cocktails and craft beer, and a solid selection of wines from some of our favorite regions.
–We’ve been promised a lot… but these guys have an insider, a slooper, someone who knows what this neighborhood needs, and he’s brought in a crew of talented people he trusts to get the job done. After our sit down and tour of the place, I think they’re going to pull it off. See you there late night…
Official opening August 20th. Soft opening sometime within the week before.