Fans of Longman & Eagle can expect to see some familiar faces doing different things when Thalia Hall opens late in the month. New information is out on the exciting three-prong project coming to the historic bohemian meeting house in Pilsen, including staff and some items. Longman chef Jared Wentworth is designing the menu for Dusek's Board & Beer, the restaurant concept headed to the space. Almost everything on both the food and drink menus there will be inspired by beer—dishes like sweetbreads, sausage, schnitzel, smoked meats, and chili-rubbed sea bass.
Longman GM Will Duncan is spearheading the beverage program at both Dusek's and the subterranean Punch House. For Dusek's, Duncan says he's designing a cocktail menu where every drink either has beer itself as an ingredient or "classic beer-making ingredients." Expect "beertails," classic cocktails, and cocktails like a "Belgian Fashioned"—an old fashioned with Belgian candy syrup. Coffee will be supplied by Dark Matter.
At Punch House, some punches will be modern recipes and others will be made from "classic punch recipes from the 1700's" that employ five ingredients that fill strong, weak, bitter, sour, and sweet profiles. Duncan mentions one that's made from Batavia Arrack (Southeast Asian rum), darjeeling tea, lime juice, raw sugar, and rose water. All punches will be available by the glass, carafe, and bowl. Beer, wine, and rum will also be available downstairs.
The multi-use space, built in 1892 by John Dusek, closed since the 1960's, and granted landmark status in 1985, will also feature an event space and vintage furniture store. Much more to come before the opening in late September.
· The Longman & Eagle Partners' Plans for Thalia Hall; D.A.S. Sneak Peek; More [-ECHI-]
· All Jared Wentworth Coverage [-ECHI-]
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