Boy, what a bumpy road this has been. James Toland, formerly of Lockwood, took over the shuttered May Street Market space back in early November. At the time, he thought the build-out for his restaurant, The Black Sheep, would allow him to open in time for the holidays. But as new restaurants go, time isn't always their friend.
And then Toland had a key investor pull out, pushing back the opening schedule further. But now, with new investors on board, Toland announced via Facebook today the restaurant will open May 9. Other changes, however, have happened. Originally, Tony Cournia, formerly of L20, was going to be general manager. He's now out, replaced by former Graham Elliot manager Michael Simon. Also on board now are Phillip Rubino (L20) as exec sous chef and Sarah Jordan (Blackbird) as pastry chef.
Toland had originally planned to be open now and hoped to welcome singer Henry Rollins to dine as his first "eat for free" rock star since Rollins is in town tonight. Toland even wanted to show off the Black Flag logo laid out in tiles on the ceiling. Alas, it'll have to wait until Rollins swings back through town.
And if you can't wait until May and you snagged tickets to Baconfest, look for the team's Elvis-inspired dessert at the event. We can only imagine it involves peanut butter, bananas and bacon—and hopefully it's fried.
· James Toland Takes Over May Street Market Space [~EChi~]
· The Black Sheep's Speedbump [~EChi~]
· The Black Sheep [Facebook]
· All James Toland Coverage on Eater Chicago [~EChi~]