Boards, bones, and jars - those are some of the highlights of the gastropub menu announced today by Chicagoland’s newest music venue and eatery, Hey Nonny. Hey Nonny is located at 10 S. Vail Ave. in Arlington Heights, and opens to the public Wednesday, October 17, with a Grand Opening weekend October 26-27. Created by the “Tattooed Chef” Jay Ruff, former Executive Chef at Chicago’s NBC Tower, Hey Nonny’s gastropub menu will feature products of local farms and producers.
“We are stoked about Hey Nonny’s menu,” Hey Nonny Co-founder Chris Dungan gushed. “Hey Nonny is all about carefree bliss, and Jay has done a great job of creating dishes that take you there. Our food is both playfully fun and incredibly tasty at the same time – and it is almost all things that you can’t get anywhere near here,” Dungan said. “We’re an entertainment establishment,” said co-founder Chip Brooks, “and Jay’s menu is wildly entertaining. I can’t wait to see our crowd swooning over the roasted bone marrow. That’s going to be a hit.”
Hey Nonny’s menu features lots of things to share: the culinary entertainment begins with Hey Nonny’s boards (served on a polished chunk of tree trunk) – a cheese board with a variety of local cheeses, a blue board focusing on an array of the best Wisconsin blues, a local charcuterie board, and a Combo Board with highlights from all of the other offerings. Each board comes with a selected array of accompanying mustards, pickles and nuts. The sharing continues with Hey Nonny’s Jar Menu – which offers a selection of spreads like duck confit, pork belly, and smoked trout, each served in a jar with accompanying jams, nuts and breads.
Other shareables on Hey Nonny’s menu include Pork Belly Poutine with Nonny Fries, serrano and gorgonzola, Edamame Hummus with goat cheese, marinated mushrooms, charred lemon salt, Calabrian oil and naan and Roasted Bone Marrow with porter mustard, shallot jam, carrot parsley salad and toast.
“I had a blast creating Hey Nonny’s menu,” said Ruff. “Since the entertainment venue is going to be fun, laid back and a gathering place for the community, the menu needed to be engaging, unique and high-quality, just like the musical acts that will be coming in for concerts and performances.”
Chef Ruff’s entrées include a Lamb Shank with tri-color carrot, cannellini beans, fried sage and pomegranate demi-glaze, aBone-In Wild Boar Chop with maple-sweet potato puree, house-made garlic sausage, tomato confit, wild rocket and praline crisp, a Crispy Skin Trout, with crispy lentils and shaved asparagus, and for vegetarians, a Heirloom Bean Ragout with burrata, tomato, sweet garlic puree and grilled asparagus and more.
In addition to food service, Hey Nonny will present many Chicago and touring musicians playing jazz, rock, blues, country, reggae, classical, and folk in ticketed concerts six nights a week. The first shows have been announced and will showcase Chris Thomas King, Callaghan, Andrew Belle, The Right Now with The Claudette’s and more.
Hey Nonny will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Fridays 3 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.