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Boiler Room Owner Opening Two New Spots Including a Burger Joint

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Get ready for a burger version of Boiler Room. Two new concepts are coming to Logan Square from the owner of the uber-popular bar and pizza spot, including a burger theme. Extensive details aren't available yet but what's known is Boiler Room owner Russ Grant (who also owns Northside Bar in Bucktown and Simone's in Pilsen) is opening the burger concept in July, Parts & Labor, just north of the square on Milwaukee Avenue. Grant says it will be 90 percent about "one really good burger," a thin, griddled, greasy L.A.-style patty with minimal toppings that he describes as "the antithesis of Kuma's." They're currently testing and perfecting the burger.

The interior of the expansive 3,500 square-foot space will have a "garage feel" with a manufacturing theme to match the name, meaning a concrete floor and ceiling with a factory decor. A sidewalk patio will wrap around the front and a smaller patio will sit in the rear. Designers from Scofflaw, Boiler Room, and Simone's are working on the aesthetics.

Drink offerings will be similar to Boiler Room, the largest single-unit distributor of Jameson in the world according to Grant. Their "PB&J special" (Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Jameson shot, slice of pizza for $7.50) and Jameson ice cream are huge draws, expect more of the same at Parts & Labor.

Meanwhile, Grant is working on another project further south at 2354 N. Milwaukee, the former home of one of the medical clinics closed by Mayor Emanuel. Named Prindiville, it will be speakeasy-style bar and event space with no sign, located above incubator office spaces filled with startup companies, designers, liquor and beer reps, Lollapalooza reps, and other creative types. The multi-roomed space is scheduled to open by the end of May.

Logan Square will reach critical mass soon—the Innjoy team is opening up a bar on Milwaukee too—and there is much more coming. Stay tuned.
· Boiler Room [Official Site]

Parts & Labor

2700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL