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Seventies-Themed Hash Opening Late February

If you're walking past Roberto Clemente High School late next month and detect an intoxicating mix of sizzling hash and the stylings of Jerry Garcia, chances are you've come upon Hash. The casual 24-seat eatery awash seventies nostalgia is coming the week of February 18 and will crank out a variety of plays on southern hash. Think bubble and squeak hash (pork shoulder, sweet potatoes, turnip, onions and cabbage), garlic-curry chicken and apple hash, and a Chia Pet hash (spicy chick peas, arugula, feta, pickled beets and chia seeds). Other featured items include sandwiches, salads, bagels, two types of traditional hash, and they're own coffee blend by Dark Matter.

The theme and atmosphere is straight out of the throwback playbook. A record player and cassette deck play a collection of 30 Grateful Dead concert bootlegs. Avocado green walls and mosaic table tops round out the space. It'll be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., focusing on numbered quick-serve, carry-out, and delivery. The alcohol is BYOB, there will be outdoor seating in the summer.

Owner Maggie McCoy opened Bagel on Damen, getting out a few months before it shuttered, calling it a failing business model and that there was no quality control of the bagels. She masterminded the Hash menu and concept, bringing in Joaquin Soler of the Brown Bag Lunch Truck to perfect the hash. Groove out there next month.

Bagel on Damen

1252 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-2243


1357 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL