Beyond Middle Brow’s great beer, bread, and pizza, is a company dedicated to its community. No stranger to giving back, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the people behind Middle Brow and its cafe, Bungalow (2840 W. Armitage Ave.), are doing what they can to help others in the midst of the pandemic crisis.
Part of that effort included feeding those who suddenly found themselves without a job due to a coronavirus-related closure. Last month, Peter Ternes, Middle Brow co-owner, partnered up with Martha Bayne of Soup & Bread and Common Pantry to hand out free groceries to those in need at Bungalow. The prepackaged bags included fresh vegetables and fruit such as kale, apples, squash, and cabbage. And while this has so far been the only instance, keep your fingers crossed and an eye on their Instagram for any future opportunities.
In the meantime, the team at Middle Brow is still hoping to help keep your pantries stocked with their famous sourdough breads, pizza kits, and other familiar items like their pecan butter, cultured butter, turmeric milk jam, and of course, their beer. Shoppers can also choose from a small wine selection and other items such as flour, cheese, and soup stocks. Orders can be placed for pick-up on their website.
Ternes also sought to look after his own by preparing his staff for a coronavirus fallout as soon as possible. In an interview with Ashley Rodriguez for Good Beer Hunting, Ternes described how he encouraged his staff to begin saving money and supplies the moment he realized that this pandemic was inevitable. Currently, Ternes checks in daily and provides staff meal twice a day to those who want to participate.
Middle Brow is clearly more than just a brewery and a bakery; it’s become a true force in the Logan Square community. From looking after their employees’, to feeding those in need at no cost, to supporting local farmers and exploring a DACA-fundraiser pizza, Middle Brow is the caring neighborhood presence we could all use right now.
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