Specialty cocktails in the name of one America’s most famous prohibitionists? Bring it on.
The Tribune reports that Matthias Merges, former Charlie Trotter’s chef and current owner of Logan Square’s Asian eatery Yusho, has plans to solidify the neighborhood’s spot on the Chicago cocktail map. Along with Alex Bachman, chief cocktailer at Yusho, Merges is setting up shop near the intersection of Logan and Kedzie. The duo plans to offer “really focused craft cocktails” and will even go as far as making their own bitters and tonics. Food will be inspired by “old-time Sunday suppers.”
Curious about the upcoming cocktail bar’s namesake? As we learned from Grub Street, after a successful career with the National League’s White Stockings back in the 1880s, Billy Sunday made the switch from baseball to evangelical preaching and quickly became one of the most popular evangelists in American history. Adamantly speaking out against the evils of alcohol, rumor has it that the ice cream “sundae” was created with Billy Sunday in mind as a booze-free alternative to after-dinner drinks.
The modern Billy Sunday gang hopes to open its doors by the end of October, and will be located at 3143 W. Logan Blvd.
Photo: Schriever, J. B. (James Boniface), b. 1868, photographer