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Union Sushi's Throwback Franklin Room to Target Whiskey Drinkers After Thanksgiving

The "proper city tavern" to open after turkey day.


Eight months after word broke on the next project from the people behind Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar and The Franklin Room is nearly ready to go. Owner Mike Schatzman and chef Chao Thapthimkuna have revealed more details on their "proper city tavern" concept, slating the opening for the days following Thanksgiving. It will focus on a barrage of whiskeys, throwback comfort food, and an atmosphere that they hope will entice patrons to stay awhile.

At The Franklin Room bar, whiskey will be king—Schatzman, Chao and "head mixologist" Peter Kim are curating a collection of more than 300 types. A "Bottle Keep" program will allow brown-spirit aficionados that splurge on rare (expensive) varieties to hold their bottle on site to nip whenever they're in-house. Customers will be able to try new whiskeys in tasting portions and order them in flights.

Chao is attempting to turn back the clock with his food menu, which will include house-brined corned beef, shrimp pot pie, a venison chop, and a variety of meat, cheese, and smoked fish boards.

Ownership hopes The Franklin Room will become a neighborhood hangout for residents and workers, encouraging use of in-house USB ports and keeping it open from lunchtime until late everyday. Expect it to open for the first time after the turkey day food coma wears off.

The Franklin Room

675 North Franklin Street, , IL 60654 (312) 445-4686 Visit Website