An Opening To Remember
A long wait on the liquor license made neighbors even more curious and thirsty for answers. Well, East Room has finally opened. As co-owner Zack Eastman says regarding the liquor license, “We finally got one.”
The East Room marked its opening with a party advertised through Facebook and word of mouth.
“Opening night was one of those nights I think we will all remember forever,” he says. “It was amazing to see so many friends and family out who have supported all of us for so long plus so many new faces.”
A Logan Square Legacy
East Room is the brainchild of Chicago bar veterans Russ Grant, Erik Dorf, Zack Eastman, Blake Witsman, Duffy Binyon and Tylor O’Connor. Their expertise includes Logan Square hotspots The Boiler Room (@boilerroomchi, 2210 N. California Ave.) and Parts and Labor (@PartsandLaborLS, 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.), adding to the appeal of staying local.
“Russ has been making his mark in Logan Square since opening Boiler Room, Logan Bar & Grill (@Loganbar, 2230 N. California Ave.) and the former Bonny’s (@bonnysbar),” Eastman says. “Since then, he’s continued to focus his efforts in the neighborhood he loves with East Room, and his recently opened burger bar Parts and Labor.”
The extensive resume of the partners’ experience also includes club venues, and they ensure that music will be a standout feature of East Room.
“[Myself] and Blake Witsman of 1833 bring their experience as independent event, concert and party producers to the table working at various venues and clubs around the Chicago area,” he says about the musical atmosphere at East Room. “You may hear a track from Holy Ghost, J Dilla, The Impressions, How to Dress Well, Ginuwine, Frankie Knuckles, White Mystery and everything in between.”
Like some of the owners’ other establishments, guests should leave their credit cards at home. They are cash only. However, patrons can expect to be rewarded if they have to use the Automatic Teller.
“There is a special note on our ATM for customers,” Eastman says.
At The Boiler Room, diners get a shot with your ATM receipt. Expect something similar at East Room.
The Best Is Yet To Come
While they have officially opened, Eastman says he believes that the East Room is a project that will continue to surprise patrons.
“We are officially open, but we consider East Room a living, breathing and evolving space,” he says, adding that new installations will be added with the partnership of their vendors.