Thursday, March 5, 2015

Rumors Around the Sloop:
BBQ Joint Coming to Renovated 1132 S. Wabash?

We got a good and reputable tip yesterday that the recently remodeled building at 1132 S. Wabash might have a new restaurant moving in.  Our source said that the deal has just gone through and that the restaurant/bar will be a BBQ spot that will also have live music.  The source said "think a mix between Bub City (in River North) and Honky Tonk BBQ (in Pilsen)".

Sounds like they're shooting for a "mid-summer" opening...but let's be honest, that seems aggressive.

Old Advance Uniform Storefront at 1132 S. Wabash
It was also noted that the restaurateurs behind this spot would be the owners of Vinyl (121 W. Hubbard) and Bellweather Meeting House & Eatery (302 E. Illinois).  While we've never been to either of those places, browsing the yelp reviews and pictures has us optimistic.

As a reminder, this building was pretty in pretty bad shape (ahem picture on the right).  The ground floor retail was occupied by Advanced Uniform but they were evicted in 2013 and subsequently moved down to 33 E. 13th Street.

The new owners of the building did an amazing job (don't believe us take a look at their website) and while we've been hearing rumors of a restaurant/bar coming to the ground floor it's been pretty quiet since May of 2014.

Hope this comes to fruition, because our mouths are watering over the idea of some delicious BBQ in the Sloop!
Front of renovated 1132 S. Wabash

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