In January, Eater reported that Broad Shoulders Brewing was looking to open at 2337 S. Michigan as part of a new Motor Row entertainment district and was targeting a summer opening. Despite getting pushed back, the project looks to be getting a big boost from the city.
Chicago's Community Development Commission approved $628,000 in tax-increment funding (TIF) to help developers complete the project. Now on target for an early 2013 opening, Broad Shoulders will serve as an anchor for the area, which hopes to also attract boutique hotels, nightclubs and restaurants. It would be a destination in the city, but also serve as a nearby entertainment district for people hitting McCormick Place conventions.
Once opened, Broad Shoulders, which would be managed by former Goose Island employee Frank Lassandrello (whose father, Robert, is leading the investment venture), would have a tavern selling housemade brews and food like charcuterie, a brewing operation and a retail section selling growlers and other packaged beers. Before the project gets the full green light, the entire City Council must approve the TIF package.
· Argyle, Broad Shoulders Brewing Both Coming in 2012 [~EChi~]
· Beer money: City Panel OKs Subsidy for Microbrewery Planned on Motor Row [CRED]
· Broad Shoulder Brewing [website]
Broad Shoulders is currently in development [Photo: Facebook]