Located in the West Loop, PB&J is Chicago’s newest hangout specializing in its namesake areas: Pizza, Beer and Jukebox. Guests will be offered Neapolitan style pizzas, cold beer on tap, craft cocktails and a state-of-the-art TouchTunes Jukebox with all the latest and greatest hits located at 205 N. Peoria Street.
PB&J will open July 7 starting with dinner service only. Beginning July 12, it will be open for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily. The concept comes from industry veterans and brothers, Matthew McCahill and Josh McCahill, featuring retractable walls. Lunch will be a quick-serve style, allowing diners to practice safe social distancing by ordering food and drinks at the cashier, paying ahead, and then choosing a place to sit.
“My brother and I are very excited to meet our West Loop neighbors and local community,” says Co-owner Matthew McCahill. “We envision PB&J as more of a pizza bakery with good times, good music, and great beer.”
PB&J will offer a variety of small bites, sandwiches, gourmet burgers, and specialty pizzas such as the “Toscano’s White Castle” vegetarian pizza topped with caramelized onion and brie cheese. The menu will also include sandwiches such as “The Smoker” which features a barbecue burger, 8 oz house blend beef and house-smoked pork brisket, topped with spicy barbecue sauce, and crispy fried onion rings. Chef David Blonsky has joined the team as a chef consultant for PB&J. Previously, he oversaw the kitchens for Chicago restaurants such as Siena Tavern, Public House, and Quartino. The open kitchen concept is helmed by Sous Chef Alphonse Griger also known as “the Fonz”. Before joining PB&J, Alphonse served as a line cook and research and development chef in Chicago. He also has experience from his time at New York Yacht Club, Harry’s Bar & Grill, and more.
Guests will be able to curate their soundtrack on the Jukebox or take a seat at the circular bar and have their choice from a large selection of 24 beers offered on tap or order a cocktail while overlooking the neon sign and lyrics wall. PB&J will offer numerous themed nights and nightly promotions including “Jukebox Gone Country” kicking off on July 8 featuring BBQ food, staff dressed in southern attire, and you guessed it, country music. Cheap Date Tuesday’s will start on July 14 and include $2 PBR's and PB&J's from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
A not-so-secret PB&J menu will also be available which includes a whole loaf PB&J that serves eight and the “Golden Goose,” featuring the world's most expensive jelly that is hand seeded using goose quills, all-natural peanut butter, topped with edible gold leaves and one of the rarest honey in the world, New Zealand Manuka. Diners will also have the option to create their own and choose from an assortment of bread, jams and garnishes.
“We’re excited to open our doors to the neighborhood and give people a place to gather again,” says Co-owner Josh McCahill. “We put a lot of time and effort in ensuring that safety is our top priority for our staff members and diners. Besides following all of the mandated regulations, we are installing ultra-violet light in the air ducts to neutralize airborne bacteria; there will be QR codes on each table for contact ”less” ordering; and we will be offering to pay the cost for our staff to get tested for COVID-19 before starting work.”
PB&J will also offer private event spaces, including the raised pool table area that hosts up to 30 people and in the dining room that seats up to 50. For larger parties, full buy-outs are available for hosting up to 200.