8 Hospitality Company, a long-time food and beverage group behind local restaurants like Joy District, Hubbard inn, Broken English Taco Pub, Pearl Brasserie and the newly opened LiqrBox, is have opened their newest concept, Old Grounds Social.
The space has long been home to a local tavern that the community has been familiar with such as past favorites, Club 950, Grand Central, and most recently Barn & Company. Now, Old Grounds Social will elevate the space by offering a lively atmosphere, as well as cocktails, beer and food.
Lead by one of Chicago’s favorite Chefs, Jason Paskewitz, Old Grounds Social guests can anticipate a unique urban-casual menu during the week and a brunch menu with lots of flare on Saturdays and Sundays - including table-side bloody marys, multi-juice combo mimosas, and a gigantic jukebox playing classic tunes to jam along to, creating an upbeat brunch experience. Some of the playful menu items include:
• Chicago-Style Burger: Think Chicago hot dog in burger style - packed full of flavor, with a completely unique-to Old Grounds Social sesame seed bun
• Neapolitan Pizza: Crispy, thin crust, specialty pizzas with toppings galore will span the Old Grounds Social menu
• Deli Style Sandwiches: From a classic Chicken Parm and an all-the-meats-and-cheese Italian sub to lighter vegetarian, and gluten free alternatives, guests can craft a stellar sandwich of choice
• Fan Favorite Wings: The menu will keep the never-forgotten, signature Barn & Company wings - hot, saucy and delicious
• Fork & Knife Salads: Whether craving a traditional Caesar topped with croutons, parmesan and creamy dressing or a veggie chop featuring the whole garden there’s a salad on this menu for you
• Big Boy Plates: Enjoy bar staples like good ‘ol Fish & Chips or indulge in Stuffed Pork Chops served with prosciutto, mozzarella and mushroom
Old Grounds Social’s drink menu will feature a list of frozen drinks as well as a variety of craft cocktails and beers served in unique glassware.
The menu isn’t the only upgrade in the Lincoln Park space, which now includes a retractable roof and garage doors and fire pits on the indoor-outdoor patio, interactive dart boards, pool tables, shuffle boards and swinging chairs. Guests will also be greeted with urban street art throughout the venue, created by Chicago street artists, David Bozic.
Sports fans will also be pleased to learn that there are more than 30 TV’s onsite to watch and cheer-on their favorite teams. Standing room is available throughout the space, as is high-top seating, and booths, which can accommodate large and small parties.
“We’re thrilled to bring a lively new concept to Lincoln Park that caters to the neighborhood’s demands and interests - good food and drink, great music, bright atmosphere, fun design and quality sports entertainment,” says Rossi.
The destination bar will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Full menu details and additional information about upcoming events will be announced in the coming weeks.